Virginia – Ideas about Family: Pasts and Futures

Weddings are often marked by the involvement of multiple generations. Of course, this can also make them quite stressful.

Bereavement can be experienced particularly deeply at weddings. Objects are often used to make visible the absence of people who have passed away. In addition to those shown here, framed photographs or bouquets of flowers are sometimes placed on seats (where the deceased might otherwise be sitting) during ceremonies.

Many couples were also keen to include their own children or the children of family and friends in their weddings. Some were given official roles, from being ring bearers or flower girls to walking their parent/s up the aisle. I was told that children, especially girls, are often brought up to anticipate getting married themselves.

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