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One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding

One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding

"I was overcome by this gnawing sense of dread as soon as my fiance and I started to plan our wedding. Our day is over a year away, but I felt compelled to plan everything RIGHT NOW RIGHT THIS MINUTE. My innate competitive spirit ballooned. I needed to find the perfect venue, the perfect caterer, the perfect photographer before not-me did. Until I found myself sobbing for no apparent reason and whining about how my wedding isn't going to be perfect. Then I came to my senses, read this book, and stopped feeling suffocated by yards of pristine white tulle. Rebecca Mead is cheeky and funny, the best friend we're all looking for to snap us out of this manufactured need for perfection."

Nathalie K.

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Author Rebecca Mead
Publisher Penguin Books
Publication Date 2008-07-29
Section Sociology / All Staff Suggestions / Nathalie K.
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780143113843

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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