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Bartender cleans up at wedding reception.
I attended an elaborate wedding. I am diabetic, can't drink alcohol and have a bad foot, so dancing was out. I spent the entire evening at the table while everyone else danced. Each time guests returned to our table, a server would take new drink orders. After a few sips, the couples would head back to the dance floor. The server would then clear the drinks from the table. Abby, some of the guests had taken only one sip. I told the server the people would be coming back to the table. She replied that she was instructed by the bartender to remove all drinks when people were not at the table. I'm sure that's the reason the bar bill was so high for this wedding.


I have noticed while organizing functions, as the event drew to a close, the barmen would crack the seals on several bottles of the good stuff. We would then be charged for the open bottles. After the event, we used the remaining liquor to throw a party at a later time. I can understand the sticker shock the host probably paid for numerous full but "opened" bottles.

Article written by:   Dear Abby 11/13/01


Invitation Lingo
Invitation - provides your guests with their first glimpse as to the style of your wedding--whether it be a garden or formal affair, the invitation plays an important role in the festivities.

Announcement - the perfect way to announce your happy news to those not invited to your wedding--it can be printed on the same paper stock as your invitation and should be mailed the same day or immediately after your wedding.

Reception Card - informs guests of the reception location and time. This card would be enclosed if the reception information was not included on the invitation itself.

Map Card - provides directions for guests to the location of the ceremony and/or reception.

Respond Card - essential in planning for your food service--lets you know how many guests plan on attending the wedding. An envelope with a printed address and stamp should accompany this card.

Informal Note - can be used for social correspondence and thank-you notes. It's normally printed on paper that matches your invitation and is personalized with your names or monogram on the front.

Printed Return Address - saves time and effort to have your return address printed on the flap of the invitation/announcement envelope. It also ensures that undeliverable mail will be returned to you.

Lined Envelopes - colorful lining adds a touch of color to your inner envelopes.

If you´re inviting two people who live at the same address but have different last names, list their names on separate lines on the invitation, in alphabetical order. For example, the outside envelope would read:

Mr. Gary Gray
Ms. Britney Spears and the inside would read
Mr. Gray
Ms. Spears


Thanking guests.... It's important!
Thank you cards sent in acknowledgment and gratitude for receiving a wedding gift, thank-you cards should be handwritten, personalized, and sent as soon as possible following the receipt of a gift.


Save the Date Cards
Save-the-Date Cards: These cards are used in some parts of the country to advise guests of an upcoming wedding over a busy social or holiday season. Typically sent at least three months before a wedding, these can be in the form of formal stationery, informal newsletters, or simple cards that simply alert guests to "save the date" for an upcoming wedding. Today's bride will send Save the Date Magnets. Samples


Diamond "4 C's"
The quality and value of diamonds are usually measured by the "4 C's" Colour, Clarity, Carat weight, Cut. Carat weight: The weight measurement used for diamond is called "carat". One carat = 200 milligrams. Diamonds are sold by weight not by size. Colour: Refers to the body colour of the diamond. The absence of colour is most valuable. Clarity: Refers to the purity of the diamond crystal. Most diamonds will have some inclusions and irregularities in their crystal structure. Cut: Sometimes called "Make" refers to the 1 Proportions 2 Symmetry 3 Polish Colour and Clarity are graded, based on standards and systems widely accepted by the diamond and jewellery trade. Evaluation of Cut is much more complex. There is no widely recognized cut grading system that can be used to objectively compare diamonds for quality of cut.


Tradition: The All-White Bridal Quilt

The wedding quilt, all white, intricately stitched and corded, has a fascinating yet relatively unknown history originating in southern Europe more than 700 years ago. Evidently, the oldest "living" examples of quilting of any type are Sicilian quilts dated circa 1392, wedding gifts elaborately covered with scenes from the legend of Tristan. They were made of a double layer of heavy, pieced linen and sewn with linen thread. Designs were raised with tiny pieces of cotton padding inserted through the back of the quilt.

By the last quarter of the 17th century the all-white broderie de Marseille was in high demand. Marie Antoinette's elaborate all-white quilt reportedly took 100 women eight years to make! But even the middle class had money and taste enough to acquire the fancy white work. By the end of the 1700s it was popular Provencal tradition to make, or have made, a wedding quilt to rest on top of the marriage bed; this tradition resulted in lavishly stitched confections filled with pomegranates, ripe grapes, melons -- symbols of love, femininity, fidelity, fertility, and prosperity as well as motifs of personal significance - the couple's initials or wedding date.

Of all bridal quilts, those known as white work are among the most highly prized by collectors. The central medallions of these elegant textiles were composed of stitched urns of flowers, roped swags, floral wreaths, feathered whorls and cornucopias. Today, the all-white, corded wedding quilt is a charming way to remember your big day! It is possible to find all-white machine-made quilts or hand-made quilts of lesser intricacy than those of days past. Quilts of an intricate quality not seen for hundreds of years are available too: captivating French- and Welsh-inspired designs as well as striking motifs incorporating Celtic knot-work and also the American Pineapple - Symbol of Abundance have been worked into quilts, shams and wall-hangings - stunning works of art to commemorate a special day!

In many cases, the bride and groom can suggest to their friends and family that they are looking for something totally different to commemorate their wedding day. Group gifts are often given to the new couple so they can grace their nuptial bed in style!

The majority of the above historical information can be found in the gorgeous book "Quilts of Provence : The Art and Craft of French Quiltmaking" by Kathryn Berenson, 1996, Henry Holt and Co, New York.

Submitted by: Jean Noon, All-White Wedding Quilts, Inc.
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