This concluding chapter examines recent wedding trends as well as the Americans' varying degrees of interest in and varied responses to weddings by focusing on three high-profile nuptials: Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, and Jenna Bush and Harry Hager. It suggests that, even as understandings of marriage may have changed, wedding styles of recent years reflect a combination of the modern and the traditional. In the late 2000s and early 2010s, some couples continued to embrace the elaborate, the excessive, and the over-the-top celebration style. However, a new form of wedding emerged, one marked by more simplistic, measured, and sane approach to celebration. This chapter also discusses the influence of social media and the DIY trend on modern American weddings.
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