The American Wedding Project has one primary mission: to create a platform of communication between people of various cultures of living within the United States about one subject matter in which they all participate in – weddings.
“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other. ” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
This projects purpose is to tell the stories behind why we do the things we do within the context of a wedding. What is the purpose of henna? Why are wedding dresses bright red in some traditions and white in others? Why do some couples jump a broom? It will also explore how some communities work together to celebrate their children’s choice to get married in a social environment that doesn’t seem to promote the idea of life long commitment.
The wedding industry is fascinating, and it creates a 300-BILLION-dollar worldwide market, including 55 billion in the US. It has created 500,000 businesses and employs over 750,000 people. Most of these businesses are small businesses or cottage industries; they are part of the heartbeat of America.
Every year in America 2.3 million couples get married; this means that more than 410 million people are involved with a wedding in one way or another every year! They represent all different ethnic and social cultures, different economic levels…and they all still believe in and celebrate the union between two people.
To build the knowledge for this project, I intend to travel as a journalist to document a wedding in every state over the next year and a half. And I aim to do the entire tour on a motor scooter!
If you know of a wedding that would fit the criteria of this project please contact us!
Come along for the journey: sign up for a weekly newsletter which will give you a listing of all the blog posts, pod casts, and videos posted!
See you on the road!
How does a wedding get chosen?
First step is having the date and state match up. We are looking for all kinds of weddings and are looking to wedding professionals throughout the United States to lead us to the couples.
The second step is letting us know and filling out a quick questionnaire. The questions are simple and we are looking for diversity - ethnic, social, economic, style etc.
Please apply - we are looking for all kinds of weddings!
Are you doing this alone?
Yes and no.
Yes, Lisa Ann is physically traveling on the motor scooter to each of the states alone. No, she does not have a pistol permit (a very frequently asked question for some reason!) Yes, she has a motorcycle license. No, major highways are not on the logistical plan of action.
There is a team of people who are aiding in making all of this happen so in essence Lisa Ann is not alone. There will be someone at each destination who will be planning on her arrival and there will be consistent communication between her and the base team in Western NY. Much like an airline pilot files a flight plan, three people will be emailed the logistical plan of the day.
After careful consideration of transportation options, going on the road with a motorcycle level scooter provided the best answer. These bikes are highway capable, but the plan is to stay on regular country roads as much as possible. The gas efficiency keeps the carbon footprint as low as possible while doing a project like this and a Go Pro on the helmet will enable everyone to come along for the ride.
There will be meet ups in various communities while on the road and talks will be given on wedding topics, autoimmune issues, and foster care.
Lisa Ann is looking for couples and wedding professionals who would like to participate in this major project.