Friday, January 25, 2013

Weddings According to Amy

To keep from waking up in the middle of the night in sheer panic that I am going to the incorrectly word the invitations, I thought it best to seek advice from a higher authority, Amy Vanderbilt and her "Complete Book of Etiquette". I found weddings under the section entitled,"The Ceremonies of Life." Strumming down the page, looking for times for a wedding I found this golden nugget:

                   "No Catholic wedding takes place after seven at night, except in the case  of great emergency grave illness, perhaps, or possibly the sudden arrival of military orders for the groom-to-be."

Which begs to one to ask, what happens in the Catholic church after seven? But, we are not planning a Catholic wedding so I move on.

Ever question the eligibility for matrons of honor? According to Amy, a "[Bride] may have both maid and matron of honor- one could be her sister, the other a friend. The matron of honor may be a widow, but it is preferable that she not be a divorcee or considerably older than the bride at least not in a large formal wedding." Ladies, only the young and happily married need be considered.

But, the men do not escape her thorough remarks. In regards to the Best Man:

                  "Very occasionally, especially if he has no brother, the groom asks his father to be his best man. If the father is very young-looking this does not seem too incongruous, but it is best to keep the wedding party at the same age level as that of the bride and groom."

Older looking dads need not apply. 

I thought we had everything included in the budget, but, alas, we forgot the chauffeur and the cars. Alfred retired years ago, the Phantom is in the shop, we sold the Duesenberg  and the new Jaguar XJ Super V8Portfolio  is not scheduled for delivery until after the wedding. At least that is our story and we are sticking to it. However, according to Amy:


                  "The mother of the bride, riding alone or with one or two bridesmaids, leaves the house first, followed by the bridesmaids and maid or matron of honor in hired limousines or their own cars. The bride, with her father, always rides in a special car, whose driver, or chauffeur, wears a white boutonniere. The car's tires, if not white walled, are freshly whitewashed."

So I guess I best get busy whitewashing the tires.

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