As Long as We Both Shall Love: The White Wedding in Postwar America

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“The Same Thing That
Happens to All Brides”
LUCI JOHNSON,
THE AMERICAN PUBLIC,
AND THE WHITE WEDDING

The bride-to-be sat in the center of a circle of friends. The first of several wedding showers to come, this particular event was hosted by a close friend and bridesmaid. Most of the young women in attendance were close in age to the 19-year-old guest of honor. The year was 1966, and these young women had yet to embrace the increasingly casual style that soon would dominate American fashion. Dressed in knee-length shifts of various summer hues, the guests had spent time preparing for this party. Each woman’s hair was styled and her face made up. They looked like junior versions of their mothers, eager to join the grown-up married world. The young guests, and some a bit older, sipped punch and nibbled on small cakes as they watched the guest of honor open fairly typical shower gifts—placemats, casserole dishes, potholders, scouring pads, and kitchen towels. Yellow was her chosen color, and gifts matched this request. As a tribute to her southern roots, someone had given the bride a Texas-shaped cookie cutter. The day’s events were caught on film—but film of a quality higher than the usual home movie. A narrator noted, “Some of the guests were momentarily transported back to the day when they were brides at showers given for them and to some of

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