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    Quote Originally Posted by vulpes
    is there an idiom, proverb or the like that implies or advises that the bride should match the groom (or the other way round) in age and social and economic status?
    Birds of a feather flock together is the only thing that comes to my mind. It means that people who have similar interests and beliefs are usually attracted to each other and like to spend time together.
    That particular phrase has a few variations:
    Birds of a feather will fly together.
    It is a bird of another feather, shortened to Birds of a feather.
    Birds of a feather are drawn together.

    The only problem I have here is no direct mention of social/economic status in that proverb but in a way it can be easily interpreted that way too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vulpes
    is there an idiom, proverb or the like that implies or advises that the bride should match the groom (or the other way round) in age and social and economic status?
    I heard an American use 'a May/December marriage' yesterday. Does that help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I heard an American use 'a May/December marriage' yesterday. Does that help?
    As far as I know it's a marriage between two people whose ages are very different. Not necessarily a marriage made in heaven...
    They might be close in social status but more often than not they are motivated to stay together by other things...most often it's $$$$
    Think Anna Nicole Smith ... true love? It's definitely an extreme example but there are plenty of those and the tabloids are having a field day with these guys.
    I can understand what December sees in May, but what on earth does May see in December?

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    I know one idiom it may work for you:"marrying in old age is like purchasing a book for someone to read."

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    Quote Originally Posted by waris
    I know one idiom it may work for you:"marrying in old age is like purchasing a book for someone to read."
    When it would be better to borrow it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    When it would be better to borrow it?

    Consider the library fees

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    Quote Originally Posted by twostep
    Consider the library fees
    In case of young Anna Nicole Smith, marrying an old guy is like taking a lease on marriage that she knows won't last very long, and when the poor guy kicks the bucket, she has a nice little $$$ package waiting for her...no fees to pay.

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    Different strokes for different folks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Different strokes for different folks.

    that's for sure..whatever rocks your boat!

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