Chapter

The Wedding Weekend

Cele C. Otnes

in Cinderella Dreams

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780520236615
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937505 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520236615.003.0005
The Wedding Weekend

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This chapter studies the mini-rituals that are involved in a wedding. It notes that many outsiders and critics view the mini-rituals of a wedding as very disenchanting, mostly due to the fact that these are highly scripted and routine. The chapter emphasizes that, as the wedding becomes more expensive, it becomes even longer, thus turning the wedding day into a wedding weekend, and then studies the wedding from the anthropologists' viewpoint, from which it provides a deep sense of transformation. It then discusses in detail these mini-rituals, before focusing on the role of wedding photography and wedding videos. The final part of the chapter centers on the different rituals involved during the wedding reception.

Keywords: mini-rituals; wedding weekend; wedding photography; wedding videos; wedding reception

Chapter.  11012 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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