Luxury, Lavishness, and Love

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:
Luxury, Lavishness, and Love

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This chapter discusses the democratization of luxury found in weddings, introducing the lavish-wedding culture and studying how it has spread from the United States to other countries around the world. It shows that weddings now emphasize the customization and recognition of a couple's creativity and personality, and that the culture of celebrity is now replacing or reviving the meaning of the lavish wedding. The chapter also pinpoints the consequences of a lavish wedding.

Keywords: democratization of luxury; lavish-wedding culture; culture of celebrity

Chapter.  6178 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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