Marriage - is it down the aisle or up the garden path? For women of the past, wifedom was compulsory: for women today it is optional - this is the quiet revolution of the last decades. These days a girl can have as many weddings as she wants. She can be a bride as often as she likes. Or as old as she likes. And she isn't giving an undertaking that she will stay with her husband no matter what: gone is the idea that once you've made your bed you have to lie in it. But why are weddings still so popular? And why do so many brides refuse to become wives? In this book Dale Spender brings together the views of some remarkable women writers. Their insights are challenging and provocative. From biblical texts to new age ceremonies, the rites and wrongs of the marriage game are examined with poignancy and pragmatism.