One of the distinguishing features of contemporary weddings, in comparison with traditional weddings, is the demonstration of nuptial intimacy through the lavish consumption of modern products and services, particularly bridal photography. In the past, most material consumption was to secure a marriage and maintain connections within the wider community. Today, influenced by fashions shaped by the wedding industry, young couples spend a lot of money on visual demonstrations of their mutual affection, taste, economic capacity, and dedication to making ‘their own wedding’. These expenses, however, can cause disputes both between the couple themselves and their parents. Could these disputes endanger marital and intergenerational relationships in the longer term?
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