In the shape of a running commentary on those at once literary and religious aspects of ‘Vesper adest’ that may be comprised under the designation of ritual drama, this paper partly summarises, partly expands some of the findings made in its author’s little known monograph Ritual and Desire: Catullus 61 and 62 and Other Ancient Documents on Wedding and Marriage (Aarhus University Press 1992). The purpose of both poems, 61 and 62, is matrimonial persuasion; these poems are about desire-awakening ritual, being themselves permeated by the ritual (the poet takes active part in the rituals). Various nuptial passages from Catullus 61 and 66 are compared with Catullus 62, which brings forth the erotic functions of a trio of young daimones – Hymenaios, Hesperos, and Plokamos Berenikes – all of them associated with Venus and the starry sky. The new results thereby obtained concern the dynamism of the two mimetic poems Catullus 61 and 62 as well as the history of religion and erotic philosophy. It is hoped that this paper may serve as an introduction to the study of Catullus 61 and 62 and 66 (The Lock of Berenike) and Catullus 64 (Peleus and Thetis’ Wedding), esp. 64.303-81 (The Song of the Parcae). The point of view is: ‘Hochzeitsschilderungen als heitere und glanzvolle Existenzbilder’ (Kroll on 64.31-49).