The History Behind “Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace”

Though the movies might make it seem like weddings objections happen on the reg, they’re actually quite rare. What’s even rarer? That an opportunity for objections would be even built into a ceremony in the first place. (Phew!) “Weddings are full of ritual,” says officiant Jill Magerman. “Fortunately, the phrase ‘speak now or forever hold your peace’ is not really one that’s held onto anymore.”