Gee, go away for a few days and we get 7 pages of a brand new thread!
I'm not sure if the last thread was closed before this one opened, but I couldn't find this thread for a day. Data, can you link this thread to the first and final posts of T1-6? (If it hasn't been done already) Thanks!
So much to catch up on.
If my faulty memory is correct, the Jewish tradition of covering mirrors was originally because corpses don't have souls and if your reflection is in one they can take yours. It was not about vanity. (Since Vampires don't have souls, they cast no reflections).
Corpse Bride is based on a Russian? folktale. The candle ritual might simply be a a local tradition and certainly not a Roman Catholic ritual.
What we really need someone to do is go on the HM very late at night when there aren't any guests to annoy and shine a laser pointer through the bullet hole and see if they line up! (Joking)
I think the idea of having the duelists on opposite sides of the ballroom was scrapped because the room is too big and has so many distractions that many people wouldn't connect the two.
Back before I knew of any back stories, I always had the idea that the attic bride was looking for her husband who was killed in the attic before their wedding. She seemed like a victim, not a predator. When I first went the pop-ups just shrieked and didn't say "I do".
(But the visual pun makes a lot of sense!)