Try Out This Addictive Website That Analyzes New York Times Wedding Announcements

Future Tense
The Citizen's Guide to the Future
Sept. 5 2013 10:24 AM

Chart the Popularity of Different Keywords in New York Times Wedding Announcements

159130924
Newlyweds cross the Bow Bridge in Central Park on January 8, 2013.

Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

For anyone who enjoys waking up early on Sunday, brewing a nice cup of coffee, and plopping down for a leisurely hate-read of the New York Times Style section, the Vows columns are one of the most hate-readable. To wit: "'I always knew I wasn’t going to waste my time with someone who wasn't amazing,' she said. 'What's the point?' " Indeed, we schlubs are stuck dating from the refuse pile, but the anointed ones who make it into the Vows section every week seem to have been touched by a bit of magic—or at least a healthy endowment from their hedge fund managing hubby.

Happily, the creators of Rap Genius compiled more than 60,000 NYT wedding announcements from 1981 through 2013 to create Wedding Crunchers, a searchable, chartable database of keywords used in the announcements. Try it out for yourself (it's highly addictive), and let us know what other fun or infuriating combinations you found in the comments.

Here are some charts some of my Slate colleagues and I came up with, along with some from Rap Genius:

Advertisement

Watch the dot-com bubble burst and social media rise:

WeddingCrunchers_AOLyahoofacebooktwitter

Newlyweds in their 20s vs. 30s:

WeddingCrunchers_20212223242526272829303

Ivy League:

WeddingCrunchers_harvardyaleprincetonsta

Boroughs:

WeddingCrunchers_ManhattanBrooklynBronxQ

Rabbi vs. minister vs. priest:

WeddingCrunchers_rabbiministerpriest

Professions:

WeddingCrunchers_professorteacherlawyera

Like trying to predict Facebook in 1981, it's difficult to say what wedding announcement keywords will hold social cachet in the future, but I hope some new lingo will enter the NYT's elite lexicon: "The two brides, who operate a gas station together in Omaha, twerked down the aisle."

Future Tense is a partnership of SlateNew America, and Arizona State University.

Emma Roller is a Slate editorial assistant. Follow her on Twitter.

TODAY IN SLATE

Culturebox

The End of Pregnancy

And the inevitable rise of the artificial womb.

Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola in New York City

How a Company You’ve Never Heard of Took Control of the Entire Porn Industry

The Hot New Strategy for Desperate Democrats

Blame China for everything.

The Questions That Michael Brown’s Autopsies Can’t Answer

Foreigners

Kiev Used to Be an Easygoing Place

Now it’s descending into madness.

Technology

Don’t Just Sit There

How to be more productive during your commute.

There Has Never Been a Comic Book Character Like John Constantine

Which Came First, the Word Chicken or the Word Egg?

  News & Politics
The Slate Quiz
Oct. 24 2014 12:10 AM Play the Slate News Quiz With Jeopardy! superchampion Ken Jennings.
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 23 2014 5:53 PM Amazon Investors Suddenly Bearish on Losing Money
  Life
Outward
Oct. 23 2014 5:08 PM Why Is an Obscure 1968 Documentary in the Opening Credits of Transparent?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 23 2014 11:33 AM Watch Little Princesses Curse for the Feminist Cause
  Slate Plus
Working
Oct. 23 2014 11:28 AM Slate’s Working Podcast: Episode 2 Transcript Read what David Plotz asked Dr. Meri Kolbrener about her workday.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 23 2014 6:55 PM A Goodfellas Actor Sued The Simpsons for Stealing His Likeness. Does He Have a Case?
  Technology
Technology
Oct. 23 2014 11:47 PM Don’t Just Sit There How to be more productive during your commute.
  Health & Science
Science
Oct. 23 2014 5:42 PM Seriously, Evolution: WTF? Why I love the most awkward, absurd, hacked-together species.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.