Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Laura Arual has updated the page "The Cult of the Bride" to examine why we give congratulations and parties to people getting married.

3 comments:

  1. I see what you mean about all the parties - it does seem a bit excessive especially if gifts are expected. But I think it's about more than celebrating a couple's ability to tolerate each other. It's about gathering goodwill and support, and celebrating the manic sort of love that propels people into marriage. It's about building a supportive community that the couple can rely on if love devolves into mere tolerance or worse. That being said, there is no need in this day and age to throw a bridal shower, especially when the couple already have a household. Just my opinion.

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  2. "Good will and support?" Yes, I understand that and can think of a dozen other unions for which I muster up lots of goodwill and support. I am all for manic love. I just have trouble supporting this particular union when the bride can't hear her own common sense over the roar of her ticking biological clock.

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  3. Agreed that in this particular union that's the case. But speaking in generalities I think the whole party circuit has a social function.

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