books and readings

Untying Rings
Untying the rings * photo by Rob Greer

MarriageToGo is a proud member of the Powell's Bookstore Affiliate Program. You can purchase any of these books from Powells.Com by clicking on their titles. Happy reading!

Eccentric California, Edition One Jan Friedman, author of the Bradt Travel Guide "Eccentric America", has now documented all the weird and wonderful things to see and do in California--and MarriageToGo is one of them! Cruise the listings for unusual ceremony site and honeymoon ideas; also makes a great gift for CA folk who think they've seen everything. Other L.A. area listings of note: The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Pasadena's Bunny Museum, The San Andreas Fault Necktie...and Angelyne. We're honored (we think.)
One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding Just engaged and want to know how the wedding industry views you? As a target. Rebecca Mead takes a scholarly gander at the $160 billion dollar wedding industry, American consumerism, and cultural identity. Fascinating reading for those who like investigative journalism and are interested in the commodification of weddings and women's lives. Marriage, A History--From Obedience to Intimacy, or How Love Conquered Marriage Did you know that marriage exists in every culture in the world...except one? That the Romans attempted to license marriages back in the days of the Empire? That European parents could have their children thrown in jail for not marrying the family's choice of spouse? This fascinating and surprising book documents the evolution of marriage from a political and economic contract to the love-based partnership we consider it today.
Brides, Inc.: American Weddings and the Business of Tradition Once you've told people you're getting married, they'll start with the "YooHaffToos" ("you have to do this, you have to do that.") When you ask why, they usually respond, "Because it's traditional!" Oh, really? Sure about that? If you want to know where many supposedly "traditional" wedding practices REALLY came from--things like wedding gifts, a ring for the groom, freezing the top of your wedding cake, and more--check out Vicki Howard's "Brides, Inc." and learn how American profit motive has driven our culture's concept of weddings for almost 100 years.
The Everything Wedding Vows Book This pocket-sized paperback from the Everything series will provide you with all the inspiration and ideas you need to write spectacular personal vows.
How To Change Your Name in California This Nolo.Com legal self-help book explains how to do a legal name change yourself in California, be it to a married name, stage name, or new surname for your child. We also recommend other Nolo.Com Legal Self-Help books on creating wills, landlord/tenant, and family law.
Weddings For Dummies If you get just one book on putting together your wedding, let it be this comprehensive guide. Great ideas and advice for any size or type wedding.
The Anti-Bride Guide: Tying the Knot Outside of the Box This is another book we wish we'd written. Cool ideas and real-life stories for people who created stylish weddings their way. If you're turned off by the Madison Avenue Marital Industrial Complex, then this is the book for you.

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