This title offers slightly more of the “Oooh Aaah” effect by providing an article on an actual bride, radio host Shirley Strawberry, complete with details of her gown, headpiece and accessories. (April 2015 issue) But again, this isn’t coverage of either bridal fashions or less-famous real brides.
So where are African-American women of style going for information on bridal products? We know the bridal industry is huge in this country, so they have to be consuming in this market, don’t they?
Here’s where the internet is my friend. When I began to look online, I found tons of Wedding Industrial Complex aimed specifically at the African-American market. Here are a few of the more comprehensive sites I found:
Here are some websites aimed at African/American women:
But what about Hispanic brides? We subscribe to Vanidades, a title aimed at Hispanic women in America. But it doesn’t have much coverage of the wedding industry, either.
I found one mention of a fairy-tale wedding in the April 2014 issue. But even this article reads more like a paparazzi-fed celebrity report than wedding-industry romance about the dress, the shoes, and the tiara.
So where are Hispanic brides getting their wedding inspiration from? This question is complicated by the number of different countries of origin among Hispanics in America. But here in the library, we have all kinds of demographic records! A quick search through Statista (https://libproxy.fitsuny.edu/login?url=https://www.statista.com) produced the breakdown, by percentage, of country of origin among all Americans identifying as “Hispanic”. Once in Statista, I searched for “Hispanic population in the U.S., by origin 2010″ (census date).
[…] Indian weddings are a super big deal. They tend to be much more elaborate affairs than the average American wedding, and this title revels in that. Advertising in the main issue involves a lot of wedding jewelry. The wedding supplement itself, however, offers layout after layout of women dressed in the elaborate bridalwear of their culture: red saris and lehengas covered in gold embroidery are set off by elaborate collars of gold, rubies, emeralds and pearls. And the textiles! Even the men are dressed in brocades and colorful silks. […]