As nouns the difference between nuptials and wedding is that nuptials is wedding ceremony while wedding is marriage ceremony
I read this like 10 times already and it still makes no sense: "nuptials" means "wedding" and "wedding" means "marriage" but "nuptials" doesn't mean "marriage".
I do realize that natural languages aren't supposed to be logical and non-contradicting, but this takes it to the next level.
@minoru Whoever wrote that was trying to invent a distinction where one doesn't exist. English has a lot of words that come from different routes, this is just one of those cases. Nuptial vs wedding vs marriage ... in the noun case you're discussing it's more pick from Latin, Germanic, or French, not any difference in meaning.
Or put another way: any native speaker trying to rely on shades of perceived meaning between those three, is unlikely to successfully communicate that to other native speakers.
@tfb I suspected this, but I checked multiple sources¹ and it appears that everybody agrees that the words are similar but are kind of different. The quote is from some site where they at least tried to spell out the difference.
¹ These days, "research" is clicking the first DDG link, and "extensive research" is clicking the top three links :)
@minoru these are synonyms, of different linguistic origins, as is usual in English. nuptial comes from Latin, and wedding from a Germanic language.
The place you quote is a bit sloppy...
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