2015 Bridal Guide for the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula

2015 Bridal Guide for the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula
ith miles and miles of waterfront
and some of the best caterers, florists,
jewelers and reception venues anywhere,
Rivah country is the perfect place to hold
a wedding. And we're here to help brides
and grooms plan that special day.
In this issue of Bliss, we offer financial
planning advice for the newlyweds.
Combine your money or keep it separate?
What's the best choice for the newly
married. Reporter Audrey Thomasson
found there is no cookie cutter answer to
finance but offers tips from the experts.
We've also highlighted Reedville's
Festival Halle, an historic schoolhouse
turned reception hall. The building is
now owned by the Reedville Fishermen's
Museum and is used monthly for parties,
wedding receptions, dances and plays.
Our columnist, Ginger Philbrick,
offers wedding etiquette advice and we've
also included tips for planning a great
We hope you enjoy this wedding
planner guide and find it informative.
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that make it possible and use their
expertise to plan the perfect wedding.
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is a supplement published annually by the
Rappahannock Record, P.O. Box 400, Kilmarnock, Va. 22482, (804)
435-1701 and the Southside Sentinel, P.O. Box 549, Urbanna, Va.
23175, (804) 758-2328.
News Tom Hardin and Robert D. Mason Jr., editors; Larry S.
Chowning, Tom Chillemi, Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi, Audrey Thomasson
and Renss Greene
Advertising Sara Amiss and Wendy Payne, managers; K.C.
Troise, Marilyn Bryant, Troy Robertson and Libby Allen
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Festival Halle
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Yours, mine or ours:
Finding financial
harmony for newlyweds
by Audrey Thomasson
Couples sometimes spend so much
time planning the wedding, they
forget to plan for “happily ever-after.”
eing in love makes combining
lives and laundry exciting.
Combining money is something
else entirely. It’s one of those prickly
areas most people try to avoid because
it’s uncomfortable, or perhaps, because
they’re embarrassed about their debt.
If you lived together prior to marriage,
someone probably paid the bills while
the other wrote them a check to cover his
or her half of the expenses. You each paid
your own credit card bills and student
loans and spent your own money on
family birthdays and Christmas gifts. You
even filed your own income tax returns.
But things change once you exchange
“I do’s.” And if it turns out one of you
has a huge loan or has pushed your credit
over the limit and you try to purchase a
car or house, you’ll be up a creek without
a paddle—together.
The expression “what’s mine is yours,
what’s yours is mine” not only applies to
assets—it also includes debts.
The journey is different for everyone,
but here are some thoughts collected
from W. Keith Hudgins, senior vice
president of investments for Davenport
and Company LLC in White Stone, and a
few others that might help you navigate
the financial abyss.
“For richer, for poorer...”
Despite the vow “...for richer, for
poorer...,” studies show money is the
number one cause for the breakdown of
many marriages.
A National Foundation for Credit
Counseling study revealed just 32% of
engaged couples thought the subject of
money would be easy to discuss.
A 2013 survey conducted by TD
Ameritrade disclosed that more than
one in three couples said they were
only slightly or not at all aware of their
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significant other’s debt, according to
That study also revealed the average
couple discusses money less than twice a
month and fights over money five times a
year. Some 43% of couples admitted they
don’t follow a budget at all.
From top financial advisors to popular
television counselor Dr. Phil, the advice
is pretty much the same—start planning
the financial merger long before you
walk down the aisle.
“...for better, for worse...”
“Money can often be an uncomfortable
discussion,” says Hudgins.
One way to begin a conversation
about finances is to talk about dreams
and goals. When would you like to start
a family? Buy a home? Do your career
goals include starting a business? At
what age do you want to retire?
Financial planning begins with knowing each other’s goals and finding the
right path to achieve them. It doesn’t
matter if you’re on the same page or not.
It’s more important at the beginning stage
to understand your partner’s priorities.
“It’s important to be honest with each
other,” advises Hudgins. “Work together
to establish long term savings goals and
budget thoughtfully in light of present
and future needs.”
After a few open discussions together,
you may now feel more comfortable talking about present finances. Keep in mind
that most people have made mistakes
with money and may have more debt
or less savings than they’d like. Being
a sympathetic listener and suspending
judgment will help put you both at ease
in these discussions.
“Consider these items to simplify the
discussion: Gather all statements and
review them together; compare spending
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and saving habits; create a budget that
satisfies both; open joint bank accounts
for savings and expenditures; and consider a prenuptial agreement,” Hudgins
One of the best ways to break the ice
on financial discussions is to work with
a financial advisor. If neither of you has
one, you might want to drop a hint with
your parents or future in-laws that a session with a “fee only” financial advisor
would make a wonderful engagement
“With all my worldly goods
I thee endow...”
So you’ve got the ring, and better still,
you’ve got access to two incomes instead
of just one. That doesn’t mean you can
run out and a buy a BMW or vacation
in Saint-Topez. According to Kiplinger,
a financial advice magazine, the best
thing to do with surplus money is to start
paying down debt and credit cards.
As a couple, you need to decide
how you want to spend your resources.
Establish a budget you can both agree
on and don’t be afraid to revisit it as circumstance change. Alternate managing
the finances each year, or at least keep
informed on where they stand.
Dr. Phil would be the first to tell you,
everyone should have some financial
independence, whether you’re a single or
double income household.
If you choose to continue with
individual accounts or opt for a joint
account, its important to have independence. Maintaining your own discretionary money, whether $5 or $500, helps the
partnership because you don’t feel like
you’ve given up every part of yourself to
be married.
However, while financial independence
is important, it also must be balanced
with accountability. Don’t hide spending
from your spouse, work together before
purchasing big-ticket items and live
within the boundaries of your budget.
“...until death do us part...”
Most newlyweds don’t want to think
about death. But knowing your partner’s
final wishes and preparing legal documents early may prevent the need for
more difficult decisions during stressful
times, says attorney James Alfred Butts
IV, of Rumsey & Bugg in Irvington.
You also want to protect your spouse
and future children financially, in case
something should happen to one of you.
Once you’ve tied the knot, it is
advisable to change your beneficiary
documents, including insurance policies, retirement accounts, benefits, wills,
trusts, IRAs and annuities, to the name of
your new spouse.
According to R. Shawn Majette, an
attorney with Thompson McMullan in
Richmond, “Spouses should have power of
attorney and be designated as a health care
proxy in the event of illness or disability.”
“Determine if it is beneficial to combine
account and insurance coverage,” advises
Hudgins. “Discuss estate planning, review
or establish wills with your attorney; and
review all items with your financial advisor at least annually.”
And make sure you both know where
important documents are kept, including
birth and marriage certificates, social security cards, bank and investment records
and tax returns.
“I now pronounce you husband and wife...”
Couples who face their finances openly,
with honesty and good planning will find
financial harmony and come out stronger
in the end.
Cost of average wedding: $29,858
Weddings are expensive. Whether
you spend $5,000 or $500,000 on
your wedding, compared to the personal finances of you and your family,
it will feel expensive to you.
According to TheKnot.com’s 2013
“Real Weddings Survey,” the average
cost of a wedding in the United States
is $29,858. Disregarding the most
common arguments ranging from “a
big, fancy wedding is the perfect way
to commemorate a once in a lifetime
experience” all the way to “weddings
are ostentatious and you should give
your money to charity instead,” the
truth is that whichever stance you
take, most likely everything you think
you know about wedding budgets is
For a minute, let’s all agree that
every dollar spent over the cost of a
marriage license—which averages
between $60-$85—is discretionary.
Every hors d’oeuvre, flower, musician, invitation and cocktail is a voluntary expense that will have little to no
impact on the success of the marriage.
However, a wedding is the one
time in your life that all the people
you love the most in the world will
be in the same place to celebrate with
you. It is highly unlikely this exact
group of people will ever reconvene
again. With that in mind, it’s not surprising that many couples chose to
spend more—and in many cases,
much, much more—than the cost of
the marriage license to celebrate with
their honored guests.
Many couples are still relying
on long standing, but inaccurate,
wedding budget myths and end up
making costly mistakes. To set the
record straight, four of the most
common inaccuracies are addressed
Myth 1: Friday weddings are less
expensive than Saturday weddings.
This is simply not true. Food and
beverage minimums are the main
driver of perpetuating this myth.
For example, a hotel might offer
a food and beverage minimum of
$10,000 for events on Friday nights
or a $15,000 minimum for events on
Saturday nights. Hearing this, you
think, “Great! We will get married on
Friday and save $5,000.” Not so fast.
How many guests are you inviting?
If you are expecting 150 guests and
the food and beverage pricing starts at
$100 per person, you will be spending that same $15,000 on Friday night
that you would have spent Saturday. If
you are looking to save money, host
a lovely Saturday brunch wedding
Myth 2: Save money by hosting
the wedding in a park.
While most parks are available
for a very affordable rental fee, the
additional costs you will incur will
quickly offset these savings. You will
need to pay for everything including
tables, chairs, glassware, china and
restrooms that are usually provided
at no additional charge at hotels,
resorts and event venues. This advice
also applies to backyard weddings.
Make sure you talk with your wedding planner and caterer to calculate
all of these additional costs to see if
the savings still exist before finalizing
your venue.
Myth 3: The size of your bridal
party doesn’t impact your budget.
Before inviting bridesmaids and
groomsmen into your wedding party,
make sure your budget is set. The
larger your bridal party, the more gifts
and flowers you will be purchasing. If
you want to encourage your bridesmaids to get their hair and makeup
done professionally by paying for
these services yourself, you will pay
at least $100-$200 for each additional
bridesmaid. If you have your heart
set on a gorgeous sequin linen for
the head table, it will be much more
costly when you are setting a table for
30 instead of a table for 10.
Myth 4: Online wedding calculators will keep your budget on track.
Within five seconds of a Google
search, you will come up with tons
of wedding calculators that will break
down your budget and give you arbitrary prices for what to spend in each
category based on industry trends.
While there is nothing wrong with
this information, it doesn’t take your
priorities into consideration at all. If
music is your number one priority,
it is totally okay for your budget to
reflect that. If food or photography is
the most important to you, then adjust
your budget accordingly. If you are
allergic to flowers, there is nothing
that says you must have any at all. You
can prioritize the percentages in your
wedding budget however you would
like, just realize it can’t add up to more
than 100 percent.
(Source: Huffington Post)
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Our Song
We asked readers to share their songs of
love,why they chose the song and what it
was. Here are their stories.
Love is a song that never ends
Life may be swift and fleeting
Hope may die yet love's
beautiful music
Comes each day like the dawn
Love is a song that never ends
One simple theme repeating
Like the voice of a
heavenly choir
Love's sweet music flows on
––From Disney's "Bambi"
Frank Churchill
Larry Morey, composers
When I announced to my family that Blake had proposed, my Pépère responded that he
knew JUST the song that he would sing for our first dance. The song was “Could I Have This
Dance” by Anne Murray. It was a song that my husband and I had never heard of and would
have never chosen for ourselves, but Pépère sang it beautifully. It was a special, unforgettable
moment. Looking back, I can’t imagine dancing to anything else.
-– Blake and Julia Kimbrough (Page)
married August 2, 2014, in Deltaville, VA
James M. Reed and Penny M. Fuller joined in Holy Matrimony on June 29,
1996, after catching each other’s eye months earlier at the American Legion in
Junction City, Kansas. Penny entranced the church that wonderful day to her
charming groom who was waiting for her, to the theme song “Ice Castles” sang by
Laymetha Reed, because that song signified “looking thru the eyes of love and not
wanting that feeling to end”. James & Penny chose “Always & Forever” as their
“first dance” song because that signified the love they “vowed” to always have for
each other and it still holds true today! The minister was Rev. Delmar White.
––Mr. & Mrs. James Michael Reed
"The Lord’s Prayer" sung by Bill
Soule, a friend of the bride.
–– Tony & Lois Jean Brooks,
Urbanna, married May 2, 1982
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The song “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton was sung by Jonathan Bryan Williams as our
wedding song, and we chose this song because
it is a simple song, yet says so much with every
word. It was a song we happened to be listening
to one day and decided if we needed a song this
was it.
When talking about why this song happened
to be our song, we decided no matter what the
task or how each other looked or felt, we can
still see the love for one another in each other’s
eyes every single day of our lives.
––Heather Lynne and Morgan Benson
Oliver, Lancaster
Rob and I danced our first dance to, “Better
Together” by Jack Johnson on a beautiful fall
afternoon on October 21, 2007. The song was
easy for us to pick, because over the years both
of us had told each other on many occasions that I
had fun doing this or that, but it would have been
better if we had been together.
The first time we heard the song we knew it
was ours.
Rob and I took dance lessons from Katie
Jett. She even helped us choreograph our dance to
include our parents.
––Adrienne and Robert Makulowich, Weems
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Our special song is “Faithfully” by Journey. Although we were
friends for two years, we didn’t start dating until after Joe graduated from his master’s program, and so we spent the majority of
our courtship in a long-distance relationship between Virginia and
North Carolina.
The lyrics of this song speak to the difficulties of love in a
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This was our first dance song and was also performed by our
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says, “I’m forever yours, faithfully.”
–– Rachel and Joe Pemmons, Lively
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––Becky & Joey Revere,
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I have given gifts to several
brides in the past few years and
have received no thank-you
notes or other acknowledgements. I’m wondering about
the proper way, without hurting anyone’s feelings, I may
inquire if they received the
gifts we sent.
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Dear Donna,
The bride’s life may be really
busy with the responsibilities
of guest lists, the perfect gown,
bridesmaid choice and suitable
nail polish, but it should never
be too busy to be grateful. You
have been the victim of what
many people today are naming
“entitlement;” thinking we are so
deserving of a gift that we need
Thank you
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not even show thanks. It would
be kind for me, at this opportunity, to remind all brides that
without the patience, attention
and love of your family, friends,
clergy and guests, your special
day would be pretty lackluster.
Thank them!
Wedding gifts should be
acknowledged promptly and,
most preferably, with a handwritten note. After three months,
Society loses its patience and
the bride is considered rude. I
am not heartless, however, and I
want to make two suggestions to
ease the burden on the bride who
is having difficulty keeping up.
Send a thank-you note as soon
as you receive the gift, if at all
possible, and ask your groom to
join you in the thanking process,
especially in writing those senders he knows. In all instances,
both names should be either
mentioned in the note or signed
at the end.
Finally, dear unanswered
giver, you have the encouragement of everyone who writes
volumes on manners to call,
write or email the delinquent
bride and say, “I am concerned
that you didn’t receive the gift
that we sent. Please let me know
if I need to track its route. We
want to be sure it arrived
safely.” It is the truth, spoken
Ginger Philbrick is the owner
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Former school house provides spacious venue
for weddings and other community gatherings
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lmost every little girl
dreams about her wedding. She pictures her perfect
wedding gown, the color her
bridesmaids will wear, her
flowers, even the vows she will
stand nervously and recite to
her true love. But usually she
doesn’t think about the site of
the reception.
Once upon a time, wedding receptions
were always held in the church recreation
halls, where guests mingled while sipping
fruit punch and waiting for the bride and
groom to cut the cake. There was no dancing
and very little partying.
Today, brides, grooms and their families
want the special day to last a little longer and
be an event they not only remember but all
their friends remember as well.
In Northumberland County, there are few
wedding reception venues and fewer still
that will hold as many people as Festival
Halle in Reedville.
“The appeal of this building is the history
of it,” and the quaintness of the town, “
said Carol Towne, president of the Greater
Reedville Association.
The association and Reedville Fishermen’s Museum was given Festival Halle by
way of a Deed of Gift in March 2008 by
Ralph A. Birkel.
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Birkel had purchased the auditorium
building and adjacent one-story classroom
building in the late 1980s. He made the
auditorium building, Festival Halle, available for rent for community events. The
classrooms were remodeled into the School
House Square apartments.
The brick building now known as Festival
Halle was built in 1927 as an auditorium
and classroom building for Reedville High
School, founded in 1907. It served as part
of the Reedville High School campus until
the early 1950s. The building was used as
part of the elementary school which served
the Reedville area until 1982 and for some
years the building and adjacent classrooms
were vacant.
Today, Festival Halle is one of the “largest
venues for receptions in the county,” said
Karen Rogers, who serves on the Festival
Halle committee and is office manager for
the museum.
According to Rogers, Festival Halle
has averaged 10 events per year for the
past seven years. It’s rented not only for
weddings and wedding receptions but
also serves as the site for family reunions,
the Northumberland High School prom,
Greater Reedville Association dances,
Northumberland YMCA fundraisers, Julius
Rosenwald School Foundation fundraisers,
Reedville’s Winter Market and as a meeting
place for the Chesapeake Garden Club.
But the building seems to look its loveliest when it’s dressed for a wedding recep-
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tion, according to Rogers and Towne, who
sorted through photographs and pointed to a
beautiful black and white-themed reception.
The 7,000-square-foot facility includes
a 5,000-square-foot main hall, stage, audio
room, storage room, kitchen, two bathrooms
and a new bride’s/dressing room, completed
by the association just last year.
With walls of soft lavender, two chairs,
a dressing table and large mirror, the room
offers brides, mothers and bridemaids a
quiet, private place to dress and gather. The
room was completed in April 2014 with
donated items and volunteer labor, said
Towne. Other major renovations in 2014
included structural repairs and a remodeled
In 2008, when the association acquired
the building a new roof and four new heat
pumps were installed.
“There were about 1,000 volunteer hours
put into the building just last year with
painting, cleaning and laying wood floors,”
said Rogers. That, according to Rogers and
Towne, is what makes Festival Halle different from most wedding sites and reception
halls in the Northern Neck and Middle
Peninsula. Volunteers do all the work, said
Towne. And money from renting the money
goes directly into building expenses.
“When we hold events, like our dances,
the money is put back into the restoration of
the building,” said Towne. “When we rent
for weddings, we use that money for utilities. If we make any money over the utilities,
it goes into the museum’s educational fund.”
Towne’s goal is to restore the building so
the exterior looks the way it did in the 1920s.
To do that, all 10 sets of windows must be
“We’re looking for grants to do that so
it will have that regular schoolhouse look,”
said Towne.
The building’s capacity is 200 and tables,
chairs and cleanup are included in the rental
“We have someone contracted to clean up
as part of the rental fee,” said Towne. “That
way the bride and groom and family don’t
even have to take out the trash. They can get
their food and go.”
An event manager also opens and closes
the building for wedding party set up. Parties and receptions are expected to end by
midnight to comply with the county’s noise
ordinance, said Rogers.
“Plus there are apartments next door so
we try to be good neighbors,” she said.
On January 25, the first Festival Halle
Showcase was held for wedding planning
with dozens of vendors including photographers, florists, wedding coordinators, caterers, bakers and bed and breakfasts owners.
“The showcase was to let people know
the building is here and it’s a work in
progress,” said Towne. “We wanted to wait
to hold the showcase until the building was
further along in its renovations and now we
feel like it’s ready and we can start showing
it off.”
Festival Halle is decked out in black and white for a wedding reception.
Festival Halle serves as both a reception hall and a wedding
ceremony venue for many, including Kim and Clinton Steele, who
were married there last June. Gina Lowery Photography
A new bride’s/dressing room was added to Festival Halle last year. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
Reedville High School: Pre-Festival Halle
In 1907 there were four school districts in Northumberland County,
including Heathsville, Lottsburg, Fairfields and Wicomico. Reedville’s
one-room school had 42 children enrolled and one teacher.
Dr. L.E. Cockrell called a town meeting of sorts to solicit funding
for a new high school. The two-story building was built in 1908 and
subsequently burned in June 1910. Once again private contributions were
solicited and another school was built.
In 1911, Reedville High School was fully accredited by the state and it
held its first graduation.
But World War I took its toll and the class of 1919 had only three
members. In the years following the war, however, enrollment increased
rapidly and the student body quickly outgrew the building. A building
loan was secured and the brick building which now serves as Festival
Halle was completed in 1927. It was home to four classrooms, offices
and an auditorium.
Cement walks were added to the campus in 1937 and other improvements over the years included a furnace for central heat, electric lights, a
stage curtain, sundial and restrooms.
During the 1953-54 school year, Northumberland’s four county high
schools were consolidated and the last graduating class at Reedville High
School was in June 1953.
A new elementary school was built on the property in 1960 and the
old high school building was used for classrooms and offices. After
Northumberland consolidated its elementary schools in the early 1980s,
the buildings stood empty for several years until the property was purchased by Ralph Birkel.
Birkel remodeled the elementary school into apartments and the high
school building was converted to Festival Hall for plays, band and choral
concerts, dances and other social activities.
(Condensed from histories written for the 1993 RHS reunion)
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Seven tips for a great honeymoon
Couples who want to make sure their first getaway as
husband and wife goes off without a hitch might want to
heed the following advice.
• Start saving early. Honeymoons are expensive, so
to afford the vacation of your dreams it’s wise to begin
saving for the honeymoon as early as possible. It may be
well worth it to compromise and make sacrifices in other
areas to ensure you have enough funds. Do not expect
cash gifts at your wedding to pay for your trip. If you do,
you may be sorely disappointed when the time comes to
take off.
• Read online reviews. Online reviews can paint an
accurate picture of a potential honeymoon destination.
Look at vacationer-supplied photographs to see how the
accommodations match up to the resort’s own marketing materials. You don’t want too many surprises, such
as service fees, dirty rooms or a lack of beach amenities,
to ruin your trip.
• Plan at least one exciting outing. While on your hon-
eymoon, be sure to go on at least one adventure. Try an
activity you have never done before, such as snorkeling,
traveling a zip line or swimming with stingrays.
• Pack early. After a long wedding day you probably
do not want to spend time packing. Pack in advance of
your wedding day so you have more time to sleep in
before you depart for the airport. Also, remember not to
over-pack. You want to have room for the souvenirs you
purchase along the way.
• Enjoy your surroundings. Put down the smartphone
or tablet enough to truly enjoy your surroundings. A honeymoon is an opportunity to relax, and that may not be
possible if you’re tied to your devices. Friends at home
can wait for your status updates and wedding pictures.
• Splurge on something expensive. Whether it’s an
ultra-fancy dinner or an exotic souvenir, indulge.
• Leave your itinerary open. After scores of wedding
appointments and watching the clock, it’s nice to fly by
the seat of your pants. Metro
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Because You Are Polite…Let’s Talk Manners
by Ginger Philbrick
wedding shower! What an
honor to be given one.
Showering couples with presents is an ancient custom. Gifts of
grain and sweets were once given to
newlyweds as symbolic wishes for
fertility and happiness. Although
giving a wheat cake today might
be considered a bit off-putting, our
intention in giving should be as
benevolent as that of the ancients.
It may help to make the occasion
happier if we all understand a few
bits of expected etiquette around
the event. The following are some
modern guidelines for a successful
Who should host? Friends of the
couple are the usual hosts. Generally, the family of the bride does not
host a shower, for the sole reason
that it may appear as being greedy.
However, if the family of the groom
does not live near the bride, it often
arranges for the bride to visit and
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Who should be on the guest
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but not expected to bring gifts. Of
course friends of the couple will
probably make up most of the
guest list, but please remember
that it should be those who know
at least one of the engaged couple
well, and the celebration should not
viewed as an opportunity to garner
more gifts. Showers for the bridal
couple, where males and females
are in attendance, are quite acceptable. Anyone who is invited to a
shower should also be invited to the
wedding. A rare exception would
be when co-workers give a shower
at the office. Not all office mates
need to be invited, unless the staff
is quite small.
When should the shower be
given? Unless there is absolutely
no time to do otherwise, it should
be two months to two weeks prior
to the wedding. If there is no alternative, a shower may be given after.
Where should the shower
take place? It may be a coffee,
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brunch, luncheon, afternoon tea,
picnic, supper or evening get
together. Homes, restaurants,
workplaces and halls are all proper
locations. Showers have taken on a
more casual than formal character
these days.
What else should be noted? It
shows respect for her well wishers, when the bride to be opens
her gifts while the guests are still
in attendance. Additionally, it adds
to the festivity and interest of the
shower. And by the way, a wise
bride will have a friend keep track
of each gift and its giver, as it is
opened. Thank you notes should be
sent to each giver, as well as to the
hosts, and a good list will keep your
mind from being overtaxed trying
to remember who gave what.
Lastly, if you choose to imitate
the ancients’ gift giving practices,
may I suggest a big box of dark
chocolates rather than a cluster of
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Classic songs to include on your
wedding reception playlist
Felix Mendelssohn’s “Wedding
March” is popular at wedding ceremonies near and far, but many
songs also enjoy such widespread
popularity. Sentimental standards
help shape the celebration. The following are some popular wedding
reception staples.
• ”Unforgettable:” Made popular in the early 1950s by Nat King
Cole, it experienced a resurgence
in popularity in the 1990s thanks
to a remix of the song that turned
it into a duet between the late Cole
and his daughter, Natalie.
• “Unchained Melody:” The
Righteous Brothers classic was a
hit in 1965 but rose to even greater
popularity when it was included in
the 1990 film “Ghost.”
• “The Way You Look Tonight:”
This oft-covered song is one of the
more romantic songs to grace the
American songbook. Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Fred Astaire
have put their own unique spins on
the song.
• “At Last:” Although Ella
Fitzgerald was not the first artist
to record this song, her version is
arguably the most popular.
• “What a Wonderful World:”
Louis Armstrong’s rousing rendition of this classic can make any
reception even more upbeat. The
song is especially popular for
mother-son and father-daughter
• “Wonderful Tonight:” Many
couples love this Eric Clapton classic about enduring love.
• “Last Dance:” Donna Summer’s
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