One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jul 29, 2008 - Social Science - 256 pages
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Astutely observed and deftly witty, One Perfect Day masterfully mixes investigative journalism and social commentary to explore the workings of the wedding industry?an industry that claims to be worth $160 billion to the U.S. economy and which has every interest in ensuring that the American wedding becomes ever more lavish and complex. Taking us inside the workings of the wedding industry?including the swelling ranks of professional event planners, department stores with their online registries, the retailers and manufacturers of bridal gowns, and the Walt Disney Company and its Fairy Tale Weddings program?New Yorker writer Rebecca Mead skillfully holds the mirror up to the bride?s deepest hopes and fears about her wedding day, revealing that for better or worse, the way we marry is who we are.


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User Review  - Esme - Goodreads

I gobbled up this book. It gives a nuanced, thoughtful, well-researched look at American weddings, Bridezilla culture, and consumerism. Weddings once marked the transition into a new stage of life ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jane Webster - Goodreads

Glad I read this after the wedding, not during the process. It's a well researched killjoy. Read full review


Two The Business of Brides
Three Inventing the Traditionalesque
Four TheOh Mommy Moment
Five Your New 100 Billion Customer
Seven Love Me Tender
Nine The New Elopement

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About the author (2008)

Rebecca Mead is assistant professor of history at Northern Michigan University.

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