Modern Brides Drop Virginal, Go Maxim
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2009 6:40 PM CDT
A modern-day bride vamps it up.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – More American women are turning weddings into racy affairs as third-wave feminism sexes up an old-fashioned ceremony, Kayleen Schaefer writes in Newsweek. In the age of "sexting" and provocative mainstream magazines, brides are discarding rituals for skimpy outfits and wild bachelorette parties. "It's the ultimate display of freedom and empowerment," said one wedding planner.

Brides-to-be are even organizing Maxim-style photo shoots to make gifts for their new hubbies. "When I saw the photos, I gained self-confidence and realized I'm way too hard on myself," said one new wife after her boudoir shoot. But some experts worry about the emphasis on physical appearance. "The message you're sending about your appearance can override other conversations you should be having about your future," said one author.