As Long as We Both Shall Love
The White Wedding in Postwar America
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: NYU Press
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When I was in my mid-twenties, my calendar began to f_ill with the weddings of friends and family members. Very suddenly, it seemed, weddings were a hot topic. As friends planned weddings or complained about weddings they were in, as I packed for another wedding weekend and my jaw dropped at items (and their prices) listed on wedding reg-...
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T_he 200nine.oldstyle f_ilm Bride Wars begins innocently enough. Af_ter a youthful sighting of a wedding celebrated at New York City’s Plaza Hotel, best friends Liv (Kate Hudson) and Emma (Anne Hathaway) are smitten. T_hey decide their weddings will be just as grand as the one they wit-nessed as girls. Childhood fantasy becomes adult expertise as they ...
1. “Linking the Past with the Future”: Origins of the Postwar White Wedding
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In the midst of the planning for Kay Banks’s 1nine.oldstylefour.oldstyleeight.oldstyle wedding, her father Stanley mused to himself: “It should have been so simple. Boy and girl meet, fall in love, marry, have babies—who eventually grow up, meet other babies, fall in love, marry. Looked at from this angle, it was not only simple, it was positively monotonous. Why then must Kay’s wed-...
2. “The Same Thing That Happens to All Brides”: Luci Johnson, the American Public, and the White Wedding
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T_he bride-to-be sat in the center of a circle of friends. T_he f_irst of sev-eral wedding showers to come, this particular event was hosted by a close friend and bridesmaid. Most of the young women in attendance were close in age to the 1nine.oldstyle-year-old guest of honor. T_he year was 1nine.oldstylesix.oldstylesix.oldstyle, and these young women had yet to embrace the increasingly casual style that ...
3. “Getting Married Should Be Fun”: Hippie Weddings and Alternative Celebrations
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On June 2nine.oldstyle, 1nine.oldstyleseven.oldstyle1 Look magazine, the general-interest American publi-cation based in the tradition of Life magazine’s photo essay, published an article entitled “Marriage the New Natural Way.” In a multi-page spread, Look’s middle-class, middle-American readers were treated to a vibrant vision of a wedding celebrated on a daf_fodil farm in the Virginia ...
4. “Lots of Young People Today Are Doing This”: The White Wedding Revived
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In 1nine.oldstyleseven.oldstyleeight.oldstyle, a young Barnard College graduate began the process of plan-ning her wedding. As the bride-to-be—a working woman and vocal feminist—f_illed out the paperwork for her wedding license, she was surprised to f_ind that there was no place on the form for her occupa-tion. When she asked the clerk at City Hall where she should provide ...
5. “It Matters Not Who We Love, Only That We Love”: Same-Sex Weddings
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On October 10, 1nine.oldstyleeight.oldstyleseven.oldstyle, nearly seven.oldstyle,000 people witnessed a wedding on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Men and women cheered and threw rice and confetti as family, friends, and community members took part in the largest mass wedding in American history. Af_ter the celebrants exchanged rings and were pronounced newlywed, guests released hun-...
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On April 2nine.oldstyle, 2011, Prince William of Wales married Catherine Middle-ton. Before approximately 1,nine.oldstyle00 congregants, the wedding took place in Westminster Abbey, site of every royal coronation since 10six.oldstylesix.oldstyle. Guests ranged from members of the British Royal Family to international superstars Elton John and David Beckham. T_he Prince wore a scarlet ...
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About the Author
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Karen Dunak is Assistant Professor of History at Muskingum Univer-...
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Publication Year: 2013