Here Comes the Bride: Women, Weddings, and the Marriage Mystique
Here Comes the Bride Women Weddings and the Marriage Mystique Author:Jaclyn Geller In Here Comes the Bride, Jaclyn Geller exposes the social forces that shape how people feel about weddings, calling into question some of the deepest-held beliefs about this tradition. Divided into three sections, the book begins with how-to-get-your-man manuals and ends with the newlywed year. First theres Courtship and the Marriage... more » Quest. Geller looks at the absurd nature of proposals, the inane practice of engagement and gift-giving, and the bizarre rules governing the wedding dress. In part two, The Big Day, she deals with the specifics of the wedding itself. There are place cards and table settings, rigid photo ops, vows, toasts, garter belts, and daddy dances. What do these highly scripted procedures say about this most treasured ritual? Finally, the author explores some of marriages deeper implications in Living in the Plural: the strangely isolating honeymoon and the establishment of marital identity that begins with a simple thank-you note.« less
An intelligent discussion of marriage and all the events that surround it in today's modern age. The author looks at this part of a couple's lives with a critical view. She explains the history of such marriage ideals as the wedding dress and the idea of marriage itself. I read this before I got married, and it validated some of my notions on parts of the marriage process.