The American wedding, assessed.

Examining culture and the arts.
May 5 2007 6:49 AM

I Love You, Let's Have a Blowout

Doing time in the wedding-industrial complex.

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A version of this article also appears in the Outlook section of the Sunday Washington Post.

Meghan O'Rourke is Slate's culture critic and an advisory editor. She was previously an editor at The New Yorker. The Long Goodbye, a memoir about her mother's death, is now out in paperback.