What The Hell Is A "Fairytale Wedding" Anyhow?Sadie Stein1/24/11 12:30pmFiled to: i thee dreadFairy tale weddingsprincess dianapiers morganCondoleezza RicetweetFb318EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThis image was lost some time after publication. Putting aside for a moment the burning question of whether Condoleezza Rice wants one, what exactly does this phrase mean, and where did it come from?Having looked into the derivations of this dreamy concept, it's pretty clear two things are to blame: Princess Diana and Disney. Not that it was Diana's fault, but the first documented uses I could find were in reference to the royal wedding — and there were hundreds of such references. The Dress, the Prince, the castle — it made a certain sense. But it was also singularly appropriate, because think about it: a fairy-tale wedding by definition ends at the church door with that fade-to-black "and they lived happily ever after." It only makes sense that the phrase should be twinned with a wedding after which things were, famously, all downhill.