Marriage is seen as a worthwhile cultural endeavour by many adult members of the human genus. The opportunity to spend one’s life in close physical and emotional proximity with another like-minded adult promotes participation in courting rituals unique to the Primate Order. This has led to increased research interest in the Marriage Project.

A successful courting ritual performed in 2007 led to a decision to run a test of the Proposal Model in 2010. The equation for determining marriage success was derived and used as the theoretical underpinning of the Proposal Model. A successful run of the Proposal Model was carried out on 25th December 2010 and the authors are now running the Wedding Model in phase two of the Marriage Project. After completing the commissioning phase, the authors will be running a full test of the Wedding Model on Saturday 26th October 2013 at Tunnels Beaches, Ilfracombe, North Devon from 3pm. An audience of peer reviewers are invited to attend and test the hypothesis that Lisa and Omar will live happily ever after.

Keywords: Wedding, Ilfracombe, October 26th 2013


The Wessex Lane Wardenal Team provides an interesting case study for researchers interested in the Marriage Project, due to the clustering of a high number of individuals entering into this project after joining the team.

The current project began in 2007 when a Homar jamilensis (‘Omar’) decided to initiate a courtship ritual with an Auslisapithecus cashmorensis (‘Lisa’). Initial signs were encouraging, and after a pilot phase of approx. 3.5 years, Omar decided to begin work on the mathematical underpinning for the next phase of the Marriage Project: the Proposal Model.

With an R value of 0.98 for the correlation between their interests and sense of humour, and an irritation index of just 0.10, Omar decided to run his Proposal Model on 25th December 2010. It was hypothesised that this date would have the highest likelihood to confound Lisa and the null hypothesis was rejected when she responded, “Sure, why not.”

Full commissioning work of the Wedding Model was started in mid 2012 and since that time extensive preparations have been underway to ensure smooth running of the Wedding Model when it goes live on 26th October 2013. This study explores the processes involved in designing and running this Model and lays the groundwork for future research into the more enigmatic Happily Ever After Model.

Materials and Methods

(Directions, Accommodation, Local information)

A successful run of the Wedding Model relies on a number of variables. This section outlines the key variables involved in the execution of the Wedding Model, namely the space-time coordinates of the Wedding Model testing location and the accommodation facilities during the test. Details are also given on the local environment in which the Wedding Model will be situated.

The authors do not believe gifts to be a necessary parameter in the Wedding Model. As this is not a view shared by all researchers, appropriate details are provided.

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(The Big Day: Venue, Timings, Arrangements)

Preliminary analysis has indicated the following results:
  1. The Wedding Model testing will be taking place at Tunnels Beaches, Bath Place, Ilfracombe, EX34 8AN on Saturday 26th October 2013.

  2. The Wedding Model run time will be from 3pm onwards, so please arrive around 2.30pm.

  3. The evening component of the Model (evening reception) will begin around 8pm and will terminate around 2am.

  4. Parking at the venue is limited, so if it is possible to park at your accommodation, this would be much appreciated and will make it easier for evening guests to find spaces.

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Discussion and Conclusions

(The Day After)

The results outlined in the previous sections can be interpreted as a successful test of the Wedding Model. However, further research is now required to test the long term sustainability of the Model.

The authors intend to begin this research as soon as possible after the completion of the Wedding Model. Post wedding-project processing of the results will begin with initial runs of the Happily Ever After Model from Sunday 27th October onwards. Peers are also invited to join the authors in conducting this study. Solar radiation intensity and precipitation probability permitting, this will be on Woolacombe beach from 12 noon onwards. This should provide an ample opportunity to discuss the outcomes of the Wedding Model and the implications this has for the Happily Ever After Model.

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