Textbook - Chapter 4 (Wedding Bells.... and After)

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University of Guelph
Family Relations and Human Development
FRHD 1020
Sarah Murray

Class FRHD1020 Couple and Family RelationshipsProfessorS MurrayTextbookThe Family DynamicA Canadian Perspective Fifth EditionAuthorsMargaret Ward and Marc BelangerPublisherNelsonISBN 9780176502003Chapter 4Wedding Bellsand AfterLearning ObjectivesTo present economic legal and historical aspects of marriage in CanadaTo place marriage in the family life cycleTo examine the functions of marriageTo consider the roles of husband and wife in marriageTo learn about family relationships of heterosexual and homosexual cohabiting couplesTo look at the impact of two careers on marriageTo explore factors involved in marital happinessTo consider the future of marriageBig business45 billion annually in Canada 198722000 in costs per wedding engagement ring includedBox 41What does a wedding costFor any wedding licence rings officiators fee possible prenuptial agreementEngagement ring photographs party newspaper announcementPrewedding consultant invitations thank you cards postageClothing and related items wedding dress veil lingerie shoes formal wear for groom goingaway outfits flowers bouquets boutonnieres corsages hairdresser makeup fragranceCeremony fee for churchvenue music decorations custodian feeReception cost for hall hors doeuvre and dessert tables catered dinner and serving staff alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages bartender wedding cake and knife slicing and wrapping cake favours or bonbonnieres music decorations guest bookTransportation limousine horse and carriage or otherHoneymoon hotel room for wedding night travel accommodation new clothes luggage spending moneyRelated parties rehearsal dinner postwedding breakfastOther photographer videographer newspaper announcement gifts for bride groom and attendantsSOCIETY AND MARRIAGEBoth government and society at large have a stake at marriage Canadian Constitution divides jurisdiction over marriage Parliament responsible for legal definition of marriage provinces responsible for licensing and registeringCeremony has two functions 1 public acknowledgement and 2 ritual marking change in status Traditions from the pastfather giving away bride groom gives ringleftovers from arranged marriages where bride was considered propertyUntil 1797 only Anglican and Roman Catholic clergy could conduct legal marriages in Upper Canada Methodist marriages not legal until 1831 Time of year weddings occur relate to social factors Example1939 double peak in marriages during June and Septemberagricultural basis of Canadian society Junefarm work temporarily slackened September harvest was in Lower marriages during LentCurrent peaks are in the summer Social economic and political factors determine age of newlywedsDuring Great Depression marriages delayedEarly years of WWII younger people married increasinglyfearing uncertainty of war After war
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