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Cinderella Dreams: The Allure of the Lavish Wedding

Cele Otnes and Elizabeth Pleck

Abstract

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 a 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, it shows how the elaborate wedding mean ... More

Keywords: white wedding, American culture, romantic love, consumption, white dress, wedding cake, honeymoon, consumer culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780520236615
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520236615.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cele Otnes, author

Elizabeth Pleck, author