<P> U.S. WeddingsBy Heidi Resetarits, United States of America. The art museum is set up with long, wooden tables. Each table has a smattering of miss-matched glass jars containing a burst of white and green flowers. From above, one can look down and still see all of the art on the walls, along with the tables, flowers and people gathering. Outside there is a keg of beer, a selection of specialty cocktails and lawn games. In the middle of all of it, is a DJ and a dance floor. This is my sisters wedding, and she and her partner have been together for 12 years. North American weddings have been moving towards the non-traditional for several dec- ades, but todays generation takes it upon themselves to let their personal style shine through every detail of the event. Different social expectations and longevity of relation- ships have changed the way people celebrate their love. Instead of hiring a professional wed- ding planner, many couples feel empowered to ‘DIY - ‘Do It Yourself - and the results are quite unique. Weddings must be ‘themed entertain- ment events and can end up running into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Recent wed- ding trends include outdoor games, choreo- graphed dances, full bars with every type of alcohol, farm-to-table organic food, hand-picked wildflowers and many more colourful aspects that adds to the special feel- ing, and to the final bill. Weddings have become not just an event, but an industry. On average, US weddings costs $25,000 USD , and things can escalate quickly. Brides (who usually plan the event) are looking for ways to have a one-of-a-kind wedding while saving money where they can. That means they look to others for inspiration. The internet is a treas- ure trove of DIY ideas, and Pinterest is leading the charge for being the space to share ideas. This site allows people to share ideas on any topic through pictures. Participants can create a ‘board of images and links that inspire them, which collectively can create a wedding theme. Although brides are striving to be unique, trends from Pinterest pop up in every event, making truly unique touches hard to come by. The weddings that are the most creative come from the couples personal blending of styles. Traditionally the brides family pays for the wedding in the US. However, many US couples tend to cohabitate long before they wed, meaning their finances are often already joined before the big event. Now, couples often pay for their own weddings from their personal savings. New laws now give people of the same sex the right to legally wed in many US States . This changes the demographic of the wedding industry and cliché expectations of weddings. Ultimately, more people getting married means the chance for more people to celebrate their relationships in their own way. The average age of first marriage in the United States is 27 for women and 29 for men, up from 23 for women and 26 for men in 1990 and 20 and 22 in 1960 . Because of this change, wed- dings now tend to reflect more of a mature style; couples have had time to save, get to know each other and plan a truly exceptional event that reflects their style and personal energy. </p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/3/3/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/4/4/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/5/5/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/6/6/">Page-6</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/7/7/">Page-7</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/8/8/">Page-8</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/9/9/">Page-9</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/10/10/">Page-10</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/11/11/">Page-11</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/12/12/">Page-12</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/13/13/">Page-13</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/14/14/">Page-14</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/15/15/">Page-15</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/16/16/">Page-16</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/17/17/">Page-17</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/18/18/">Page-18</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/19/19/">Page-19</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/20/20/">Page-20</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/21/21/">Page-21</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/22/22/">Page-22</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/23/23/">Page-23</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/24/24/">Page-24</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/25/25/">Page-25</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/26/26/">Page-26</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/27/27/">Page-27</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/28/28/">Page-28</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/29/29/">Page-29</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/30/30/">Page-30</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/31/31/">Page-31</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/32/32/">Page-32</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/33/33/">Page-33</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/34/34/">Page-34</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/35/35/">Page-35</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/36/36/">Page-36</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/37/37/">Page-37</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/38/38/">Page-38</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/39/39/">Page-39</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/40/40/">Page-40</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/41/41/">Page-41</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/42/42/">Page-42</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/43/43/">Page-43</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/44/44/">Back-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publications/879/x/sitemap.xml" target="_blank">site map</a></LI> </UL>


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