An examination of the changing social and cultural significance of the wedding in Britain. The book focuses upon a number of issues including the commercialization of the event, the dynamics of heterosexual partnerships and the influence of romance. The commercial wedding is further explored in relation to broader socio-structural transformations and the modernization of marriage law. The book draws upon the experiences of marrying couples as well as media evidence.
SHARON BODEN teaches in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick. Her research interests lie in the sociology of consumption, and centre on the commercialization of the lifecourse and the ethical consumer movement.