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Teen Bridezillas

BridesShortcutsBride’s Shortcuts and Strategies For a Beautiful Wedding
The Editors of Bride’s Magazine and Mullins
1986

Submitter: I found this small planning book in [a public high school] library. There was once a time when it was common for high school seniors to get married right after graduation. I suspect this book came from that time period and never got weeded with the changing times. This book actually got checked out in 2008, according to our system. Still, I am thinking of weeding it as it doesn’t seem relevant to a modern high school student- including that 1980’s wedding dress with matching fingerless gloves on the cover.

Holly: Everything old is new again! Wedding planning books do seem a bit out of place in a modern high school library, though; especially one almost 30 years old.

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12 Responses to Teen Bridezillas

  • The book should be weeded just because of old data, but I guess I could see a wedding book in a high school library if teens are part of an older sibling’s wedding and want information about showers or what they should do if they are in the bridal party. I may be grasping at straws, but that’s the best that I’ve got.

  • I’m always extra critical of books that are older than my oldest students, but that bride could feasibly have a child that is now older than some of our teachers.

  • Since so much wedding planning, from gift registries to invitations to Pinterest ideas, takes place online, a book that predates the Internet is way too old. “Have you found yourself planning a wedding in less than the recommended six months”–euphemism for “oops, I’m pregnant!”

  • Just six months? These days it seems to be a year unless you’re doing a quickie at the courthouse.

  • My high school offered an ROP fashion merchandising class as on of its electives, and one of the big projects was planning a wedding. I took it in 2009, so not too terribly long ago, and it was actually one of the most interesting and useful things I did in school. Current books on the subject (which this is certainly not–my parents weren’t even married yet in 1986!) might have had an audience in our school library for that reason.

  • Hey, I graduated from high school in 1981, and at least where I was (and the crowd I ran with) it was not common at all to get married right out of high school. Though I did know of at least 2 teen births.

  • Just wanted to say, I graduated from high school in 1986, the year of this book’s publication, and getting married right out of high school was by no means the norm at that time, at least where I lived. It would have, in fact, been somewhat shocking. I think that stopped being any kind of widespread thing in the 60s.

  • On one hand a wedding planning book from the 80s has no place on any library’s shelf except for a library for script writers.

    On the other, compared to the monstrously ugly dresses on Say Yes To The Dress at least this way they can look at some dressed that actually had some style and beauty.

  • As a 1980s high school graduate, I have to agree with Kathy and Thalia. There was a time when people tended to marry right after high school, but I think that was closer to 1966 than 1986.

  • I think the marrying-right-out-of-high-school thing varied depending on where you lived and what the people around you were doing. In 1973, when I graduated high school in a Boston suburb, most / all the girls were going on to college, but only 40 miles or so away, on the South Shore, a college friend went home for Christmas in her second year of college and discovered she was the ONLY unmarried girl in her graduating class!

  • The whole section about the bridal registry would make Miss Manners cringe. Registries were originally the “service” a department store (which benefits by its own profits) offers so that friends and relatives can purchase occasional serving pieces – the fish forks, the gravy ladle, the soup spoons – in the same pattern as the main set other people, probably your parents or future in-laws, are planning to present you with. It is not supposed to be a child’s letter to Santa detailing specific items, merely the pattern. That leaves it up to the givers to decide which, if any, formal pieces they wish to buy, and inquire with the store as to whether or not the demitasse spoons have yet to be purchased. If you end up with two waffle irons or coffee pots, you have the options of returning one, giving one away, or just waiting for the other one to break. This book encourages the idea that one of the purposes of marriage is the extraction of goods from other people.
    I am also disturbed by the flippant attitude the authors take towards the religious aspects of marriage. A church ceremony is regarded as better than civil ceremony, but if your church doesn’t let you just breeze in and out for your wedding and hope maybe they’ll see you next when the kids are born, well, just go and find another church, perhaps one hard up and needing the space rental money. Heaven forbid you should have a civil wedding like some common agnostic.