The New American Wedding: Ritual and Style in a Changing Culture

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Diane Meier Delaney was one such bride. While planning her own wedding, she grappled with wedding guides, magazines, and books that spoke to the clean slate of a wasp-waisted, twenty-two-year- old bride who had her whole ...

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Overview

There is a new breed of bride who comes to the altar looking to blend families and cultures, status and style, sophistication and mores, and who wants celebrations that appeal to her own unique real-life expression of values, background, customs, and romance.

Diane Meier Delaney was one such bride. While planning her own wedding, she grappled with wedding guides, magazines, and books that spoke to the clean slate of a wasp-waisted, twenty-two-year- old bride who had her whole life ahead of her. But she shared the frustrations of countless brides who couldn't find anything that spoke to a grown-up woman with a richly lived life to be proud of.

The New American Wedding is the first book that acknowledges and speaks to this authentic American idea of the bride and groom and points the way to:

• creating their own ceremony with their own distinctive ritual
• looking for symbols of union that may or may not fit around one's finger
• integrating children and families from previous relationships
• considering new issues of style and status
• managing the challenges of interfaith, interracial, and cross cultural partnerships
• balancing family expectations with the couple's own desires

A comment on the good news of the changing culture that includes beautiful photographs and insider advice from top fashion and jewelry designers, florists, caterers, planners, and photographers who set the trends for American weddings, along with Delaney's savvy, been-there-done-that tips, The New American Wedding will be the must-have guide for the modern bride.

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Publishers Weekly
Delaney explains a New American wedding this way: "[It] isn't a cookie-cutter icon-laden rehash of tradition. It expresses the union of two grown-ups in unique and honest ways and celebrates the depth of the couple's relationship as well as the breadth of their lives." The author, founder of a New York marketing agency, offers a very personal guide (brimming with anecdotes from her own nontraditional marriage, as well as those of recognized style experts) to the "new set of options" facing New American brides. The proposal chapter notwithstanding, most sections are indispensable. For example, the chapter on the bridegroom acknowledges that men will probably become involved in the challenge of logistics and advises accordingly. Among Delaney's other counsel: "commitment jewelry" need not be a diamond (indeed, it doesn't even have to be a ring); Delaney cites one couple-he's Japanese; she's Celtic-who designed a ring celebrating their mix of cultures, and another who chose a diamond bracelet. The rest of the book addresses prewedding parties, bridal registries, dresses, attendants, ceremonies, receptions and honeymoons with an equally open mind. This rather literary guide, not given to bulleted points or charts, is a refreshing handbook for contemporary brides. Agent, Jan Miller. (Oct. 20) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In this stylish guide, New York marketing agency owner Delaney chronicles changing American wedding traditions through the lens of her own nuptials to BBC broadcaster and writer Frank Delaney. With its emphasis on the word new, this thoughtful handbook breaks new ground and old rules in suggesting options for brides and grooms to invest the age-old rite with greater personal meaning and authenticity. Take the issue of attire, for example: one bride who didn't want to wear the traditional wedding "meringue" chose instead to wear red cashmere pajamas for the ceremony; another decked herself and her attendants in gowns and masks appropriate for a masquerade ball. Following one's own drummer may carry a hefty price tag, however, if the bride chooses to commission hand-made shoes for her special day or to hire a watercolor artist to sketch vignettes of the ceremony and reception, as Delaney suggests. First-time brides needing concrete advice on completing the thousands of requisite wedding details should look to more hands-on guides rather than this elegant treatise geared for well-heeled September brides or those comfortable with making a break from tradition. Recommended for larger collections.-Deborah M. Ebster, Univ. of Central Florida Libs., Orlando Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670034628
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 11/3/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 10.28 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Meier Delaney opened her own marketing agency, MEIER, in New York City twenty-five years ago. Her work for clients such as Elizabeth Arden, Neiman Marcus, Maximilian Furs, and Esquire magazine has won her agency virtually every award in the advertising and marketing industry. She recently married BBC broadcaster and writer Frank Delaney.

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