Cinderella Dreams The Allure of the Lavish Wedding

ISBN-10: 0520240081
ISBN-13: 9780520240087
Edition: 2003
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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/17/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 399
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

The fabulous gown, the multitiered cake, abundant flowers, attendants and guests in their finery. The white wedding does more than mark a life passage. It marries two of the most sacred tenets of American culture--romantic love and excessive consumption. For anyone who has ever wondered about the meanings behind a white dress, a diamond ring, rice, and traditions such as cake cutting, bouquet tossing, and honeymooning, this book offers an entertaining and enlightening look at the historical, social, and psychological strains that come together to make the lavish wedding the most important cultural ritual in contemporary consumer culture. With an emphasis on North American society, Cele C. Otnes and Elizabeth H. Pleck show how the elaborate wedding means far more than a mere triumph for the bridal industry. Through interviews, media accounts, and wide-ranging research and analysis, they expose the wedding's reflection--or reproduction--of fundamental aspects of popular consumer culture: its link with romantic love, its promise of magical transformation, its engendering of memories, and its legitimization of consumption as an expression of perfection. As meaningful as any prospective bride might wish, the lavish wedding emerges here as a lens that at once reveals, magnifies, and reveres some of the dearest wishes and darkest impulses at the heart of our culture.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Romance, Magic, Memory, and Perfection
The Rise of the Lavish Wedding
The Engagement Complex
The Rituals of Wedding Shopping
The Wedding Weekend
From the Cabin to Cancuacute;n
Hollywood Hosts a Wedding
The Lavish Wedding Goes Global
Variations on a Theme
The Allure of the Lavish Wedding
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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