All Dressed in White: The Irresistible Rise of the American Wedding

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Penguin Books, 2004 - History - 323 pages
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A sparkling and keenly observed social history of a ritual, an industry, and a subculture--the American wedding. Everybody loves a wedding, and in All Dressed in White Carol McD. Wallace celebrates the delicious history and the eternal allure of our favorite rite of passage. In the past 150 years the wedding has gone from discreet private ceremony to elaborate public event, yet the fundamentals remain the same--weddings are the only social events in America where matters of money, sex, and class are brought to the fore. The growth of the middle class and the development of the popular media play a role in Wallace's tale, as does the eternal vision of the White Dress in its metamorphosis from gown to costume. Wallace's captivating narrative spans the range of weddings, from pioneer ceremonies in the Wild West to Princess Grace's stately nuptials in Monaco, from Old New York to contemporary Las Vegas. At once frivolous and learned, irreverent and sentimental, All Dressed in White is a ravishing read for brides, their friends, and devotees of American traditions.

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Review: All Dressed in White: The Irresistible Rise of the American Wedding

User Review  - Tracey - Goodreads

Checked this out from the library based on an SDMB recommendation. All Dressed in White discusses and examines the evolution of the various elements of the wedding in the United States from the mid ... Read full review

Review: All Dressed in White: The Irresistible Rise of the American Wedding

User Review  - Liz DeCoster - Goodreads

Plenty of interesting information, but a bit scattershot in organization, meaning some information was repeated and some themes were difficult to follow. Overall, interesting social history of changing ideas of marriage, even though it's already become a little bit dated. Read full review

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The Last Gown of Virginity
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Her Big Moment
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TraLaTraLa Weve Got Our Men
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