“The Wedding-Knell” is a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It was first published in 1836. The narrative tells the story of a wedding between a man named Mr. Ellenwood and a widow named Mrs. Dabney. They are both in their mid-sixties. As the wedding festivities begin, strange portents of death slowly invade the ceremony. The story explores themes of death, disappointment, and love.