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A Coming-Out Party for Women: Empowerment Through Bridal Photography

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Abstract:

A wedding is a part of a series of ceremonies and image construction events designed to create the ideal. Bridal photographs no longer show newlyweds and their families in rigid poses. Diverse wedding costumes, modeling, and visual consumption aesthetics can overwhelm the newlyweds as they become the critical focal point in a strategy of product differentiation. Instead, personalized and entertaining visual consumption has become very popular. In this study the consumers of bridal photography and bridal salons are the target population; we probe the aesthetic values on which are based the evolution of traditional female stereotypes and male-female power structures. Results indicate that female role portrayal is based not only on standard social and cultural perspectives, but also on self-image. Women take the leading role in bridal photographs, signalling their independence in playing the bride role, but also showing the value of self-reward as a marketing tool. Consumption in modern bridal photography is based on self-image realization and the collectively shared culture of the new bride.

Keywords: AESTHETIC VALUE; BRIDAL PHOTOGRAPHY; BRIDE ROLE; SELF-IMAGE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2012.40.2.339

Publication date: 2012-03-01

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