The First Print Wedding Magazine with a Feminist Consciousness

Sometimes I think of the wedding industry as a high profile marriage between 1950s gender and race relations and the capitalist enthusiasm of the Reagan Era. So as an over-educated, down-to-earth, progressive twenty-something, it really irks me when I lose myself for twenty minutes in a friend’s wedding album on Facebook or make some of the year’s best memories with two simple ingredients: a dude-y DJ and an open bar. I’m not anti-wedding. In fact, I think we should invent a lot more culturally backed reasons to throw parties and tell people we love them. I just wonder why anyone should be expected to blow their savings (along with mum’s and dad’s and friends’ and old aquaintances’) on an unoriginal performance of gendered love and mediocre food.

While the Wedding Industrial Complex is very real — amassing somewhere in the $50 billion range a year — it’s also complex. I’ve seen some of the best artists and creatives gain footing in the wedding world, which is one of the only points of access to make a living from their craft. I’ve also experienced celebrations of love that bring a whole community together and give that rare glimpse of what it means to be human, to be alive, to be here together. Is this what it means to be a feminist millenial — to find exceptions to your overarching ethics at the first mention of a free meal and signature gimlets?

Maybe you missed your Gender Studies 101 class, but there are radical ways to do things (Screw the system! Abolish marriage!) and liberal ways to do things (Marriage is okay, I guess. But it could use a facelift). I’d like to think we are all pieces of the same puzzle that together tell a much larger story. While I don’t think icky weddings are the world’s number one pressing issue, I do strongly believe that the wedding industry is a stubborn curmudgeon resistant to social and political change in society — in rights, representation, and roles.

This is why I decided to to build a platform for wedding critics and creatives to come together in order to tell a different story. (Drum roll, please.) Allow me to introduce Catalyst Wedding Magazine, the first-ever print wedding magazine with a feminist consciousness. Its mission is to increase representation in wedding media and to engage in critical dialogue about wedding traditions and the industry at large.

If you agree that weddings serve a purpose in community building and celebrate something very human, while also critiquing the wedding industry and wedding traditions, we made this magazine for you. It’s a beautiful, design-oriented publication that highlights diverse voices and love stories, and as a bonus there’s plenty of sass. Catalyst has truly been a grassroots effort, and folks have backed the magazine from places as far and wide as New Zealand and the UK, as well as all over the U.S. In order to go to print, we need to raise a total of $8,500 on Kickstarter in the next 10 days, and we are well on our way! We would love for you to join us in giving that old curmudgeon a facelift.

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