13 September 2010

Tiara and two-tier veil, $150
Rednecks and foreigners have something in common: they’re as likely as each other to mistake an Australian-born Asian for a mail order bride. On the odd occasion it’s happened to me I’ve thought, “No… really? But mail order brides are skinny and pretty. Well, okay… hey, cheers!” Historically, however, these partnerships haven’t been interracial. In gold-rush era America the practice involved women with limited prospects travelling from cities to the frontier to marry men who’d placed ads. in newspapers or magazines. The internet has largely replaced the use of newspapers and magazines for this purpose, much as it has for the modern day bride wanting to sell her bridal gear. There are over 1000 pre-loved wedding dresses for sale at I Do Gowns, as well as accessories.

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