What Swedish Weddings Get Right

David Michael

What if we're doing friendship all wrong?

American writer David Michael found himself asking this question when he married a Swede in Sweden. Accustomed to American weddings where family and friends often play a spectator role, Michael was surprised at just how much his Swedish wedding promoted "a public notion of friendship" where friends and loved ones were deeply involved from start to finish, "making sure the walls of [our] household weren’t so high that friendship and community would be excluded from it."

This beautiful essay raises important questions about what our weddings say about what we value and urges us to reconsider some common modern notions of friendship. It also reveals some shocking figures about the price of Swedish weddings...

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