Parents call on obscure Napoleonic law to stop son's wedding. Earlier this month, Stéphane Sage and Man Sin Ma, also known as Mandy, were scheduled to marry in France. Just hours before the ceremony, however, the couple was informed that they could not marry. It turns out that Sage's parents, who disapproved of the match, had invoked a Napoleonic law from 1803 that allows parents to stop their son from marrying his chosen bride. With the help of several lawyers, the couple searched high and low for an escape clause, but alas, the anachronistic old law has never been repealed. Sage and Man told their guests, who had flown from as far as Hong Kong and London, that the wedding would be rescheduled. Despite their disappointment, the couple turned their reception into an engagement party, which Man attended in a Pink dress instead of her wedding gown. Second-Hand Wedding Dresses: Sad or Savvy?
This month, royal haters, a Napoleonic law and a false bomb alert put a damper on weddings.