I'm getting married this October and being the bookworm that I am, this has led me to peruse and read an assortment of wedding related books. (Yes, I know the blog is called INDIAphile, but a girl can't always read books about India). Anyways, this book isn't just for the bride, it's an interesting social commentary on the wedding industry in America. (Again, I am Canadian but let's be honest, for most intents and purposes it's pretty much the same thing, especially when we're talking about weddings).
Anyways, Rebecca Mead's One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding has been an eye-opening and re-assuring read to date. I'm not finished (because I can only read so much before I work myself into a bit of an irate tizzy) but it is really showing how much of all things wedding is big business primarily targeted towards women and how much nonsense it all is. All the individualization we do to make the day ours is part of the mass marketing. It's insane and begs the question: Why are we buying into it? I highly recommend this book to anyone, male or female, that is about to get married, has been married, or hopes to get married because I think it's a vital reality check that forces us to re-examine the choices we are making.