An invitation to the wedding of Sarah Schwartzman and Matthew Coleman

January 2, 2014 – Time to blow up all the balloons for the wedding reception!

Sandra and Henry Schwartzman and

Alanna Dole and Tom Coleman

invite you to celebrate the marriage of their children

Sarah Elizabeth Schwartzman

and

Matthew Jonathan Coleman

January 1st, 2013

through

February 14, 2014

January 1st, 2013 – Celebration of Anticipating a Year of Love – The Hyatt, Maui

February 14, 2013 – Preversary – The groom’s parent’s home, Bethesda, MD

March 2, 2013 – Groomal Shower (gifts welcome!) – The home of the groom’s friend Andy, Boulder, CO

April 11 to May 11, 2013 – Bachelorette month! – Las Vegas

June 15, 2013 – Day of Remembrance for Exes (please bring an old photo to share!) – The home of the bride’s parents, Santa Fe

July 3 to October 17, 2013 – Bachelor party trek through Himalayas – South Asia

October 18, 2013 – Opportunity to give bride more gifts – TBD

November 1, 2013 – Dress fitting for wedding party and attractive guests – Brooklyn

November 28, 2013 – Thanksgiving dinner, required for anyone planning to attend the actual ceremony – the home of the bride’s Aunt Cheryl, Denver

December 25, 2013 – Christmas tree topiary into shape of bride and groom – Community Social Hall, Passaic, NJ

January 1, 2014 – Celebration of Completion of a Year of Love – San Francisco, CA

January 2 to January 30, 2014 – Photos – Times Square, New York

February 1, 2014 – Wedding vows – United Methodist Church, San Diego, CA

February 2, 2014 – Post-wedding brunch (gifts welcome!) – El Paso, TX

February 3, 2014 – Post-wedding recap and slideshow – Amsterdam

February 4 to February 14, 2014 – Honeymoon Shower (gifts welcome!) – Bermuda

RSVP by Thursday, November 22, 2012

Analysis:

As the wedding industry has expanded over the past few decades, it is only natural that the amount of time people spend on wedding activities has increased alongside. After all, if you spend several thousand dollars on flowers, you’d want those flowers to be used on more than one day. Plus, with the proliferation of wedding shows and magazines that emphasize exactly how important you are as a bride, it’s only natural to want to feel that important for longer than one day, plus maybe a weekend. Here we have an example of a burgeoning trend among marrying couples: the year-long wedding.

Historically, obviously, some cultures have treated weddings with more or less reverence and with more or less elaborate rituals. Take, for example, the famous Greek rivals, Athens and Sparta. In Sparta, a wedding lasted a full 4 months and involved an intricate series of rituals intended to promote the fertility of the new couple. There were parties, religious ceremonies, and mock kidnappings all designed to make the new couple feel special, while also making sure they knew how important it was they had a son (for example, Thucydides writes of one Spartan mother bursting into her daughter’s bedroom and taking her out at knife point because she was worried they were about to conceive a girl). In Athens, in contrast, most “weddings” were merely a day where the bride moved all her stuff into her new husbands house while he was out philosophizing with his buddies. Eventually, he would notice she was there and maybe they would chat a little bit while the slaves made dinner. Then it was back to philosophy and erotic paintings on the sides of jars.

As you can see, it now requires a serious commitment to be involved with a wedding. In many families, the most memorable fights occur somewhere between the Bachelor weekend part 2 (golf, cigars, and light-to-medium stripping) and the pre-Bridal Shower Brunch Showerette (gifts welcome!). However, these long wedding calendars also let the bride and groom know that no matter how much people love them, no one loves them enough to fly all over the country to wait on them for a weekend. Sorry we can’t make it, Sarah and Matthew, but we will need two Kosher meals for the reception.

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