Wedding Splurges Examined In Ohio Author's Book

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

(AP) -- An Associate History Professor at Ohio University has written a new book examining the high cost of weddings.

Katherine Jellison says the average cost of a wedding today is $30,000, and lavish engagement parties are increasingly popular. The book is called "It's Our Day: America's Love Affair With The White Wedding."

Jellison says it wasn't until after World War II that Americans had enough disposable income to marry in such a formal fashion.

And even now as American consumers are pinching their pockets and struggling amid rising food costs, gas prices and a worrisome economy, the $50 billion wedding industry continues to boom.

She says Americans see big weddings as a sign of social status.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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