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  • Police on Alert for Crime Don as Daughter to Wed in Dubai (Reception in Karachi)

    07/22/2005 11:08:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 420+ views
    Middle East Times ^ | July 22, 2005
    NEW DELHI -- With even the wedding invitations being investigated by police, few will admit they're on the guest list let alone boast they're planning to attend the marriage in Dubai this weekend of an Indian crime don's daughter. A mobile phone message invitation - "Your presence is solicited for the auspicious wedding of Mahrukh. For travel arrangements, contact Noorabhai. Regards, from D" - has been sent to top politicians, officials, film and media personalities in Mumbai, according to police and journalists. It was purportedly sent by international fugitive and India's most wanted criminal Dawood Ibrahim, popularly known by his...
  • Current wedding etiquette (your thoughts)

    07/20/2005 2:48:29 AM PDT · by KneelBeforeZod · 62 replies · 1,645+ views
    me | 7/20/05 | me
    OK, just curious what current wedding etiquette is... among polite society. ie: single people aren't "allowed" to bring a guest unless it is their fiance, or as miss manners asserts, "gifts are brought to a childs birthday party, not a wedding." I have no judgements on either subject I posted above...but I'm just curious what FR folks think since we are in wedding season... any aspect is fair game. who should be tipped by who, is-there-still-a-bride-or-groom-side-of-the-church to who should be giving toats... (I say give a plastic cup and plastic fork to anyone obnoxious enough to start banging their fork...
  • Runaway Story - (Anne Applebaum on Jennifer Wilbanks' "great escape")

    05/04/2005 8:37:11 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 67 replies · 1,959+ views
    You're supposed to be happy at your wedding, even though some people aren't. At the same time, it's still considered selfish and immature to run away and abandon the caterers if you're distraught -- even though lots of people probably want to. Part of the culture says the conventional, social bits of weddings don't matter, and part of the culture says they do. Part of the culture says weddings are about true love, and part of the culture says they're about Cuisinarts. It's been hard, to avoid learning that she and her husband had planned to have 28 attendants and...
  • Pakistan's novel attack on poverty: ban wedding feasts

    12/21/2004 3:37:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 420+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 22, 2004 | Owais Tohid
    ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN – December in Pakistan is known as the Season of Weddings. It is a time that brings young hearts closer, and saddles some families with lifelong debt. A Pakistani wedding is much more than a single event. It stretches over days of songs, dances, meals arranged for hundreds of guests, and a heavy dowry presented to the bridegroom. This lavish social custom is expected even among the poor, which make up more than 30 percent of Pakistan's 140 million people. Now, in a novel effort to help the poor, Pakistan's Supreme Court has upheld a ban on serving...

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 735 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • ABC, NBC reject pro-gay church ad

    12/01/2004 9:16:03 AM PST · by AllTheRage · 56 replies · 4,130+ views ^ | 12/1/2004 | James Hutchins
    UCC: "CBS, NBC refuse to air church's television advertisement" December 1, 2004 - According to a UCC press release, CBS and NBC have refused to air the new UCC television advertisement... and predictably, UCC leaders are going nuts. According to the release, CBS offered this explanation: "Because this commercial touches on the exclusion of gay couples and other minority groups by other individuals and organizations," reads an explanation from CBS, "and the fact the Executive Branch has recently proposed a Constitutional Amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, this spot is unacceptable for broadcast...
  • HIV vaccine breakthrough reported

    11/18/2004 11:34:14 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 670+ views
    PlanetOut Network ^ | Wednesday, November 17, 2004 | Christopher Curtis
    the French team is confident they have identified a portion of a protein that is common to all types of HIV. It is called CBD1 and is part of the gp41 protein, which is important for helping the AIDS virus dock and infiltrate target cells. The researchers created a peptide chain, the building blocks of proteins, that corresponded to CBD1 and immunized a group of rabbits. The rabbits proved to be resistant to a range of subtypes of HIV-1.
  • NY Times Suggests Arafat Died Of AIDS

    11/12/2004 7:15:32 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 114 replies · 18,536+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Friday, Nov. 12, 2004
    The New York Times broke the media silence on the cause of Arafat's death Friday by suggesting the terrorist leader may have died from AIDS. In an article entitled "Secrecy by Aides and Silence by Doctors Persists, and What Killed Arafat Is Still a Mystery" the paper chronicled Arafat's rapid health decline and the mystery shrouding his illness. Two days before his death, aides revealed that Arafat was in a coma after having a brain hemorrhage. But the Times doubts this stroke was likely not the cause of Arafat's death. Another clue: "At the time of his medical evacuation to...
  • “I’m Mad as Zell, and I’m Not Going to Take it Anymore.”

    09/02/2004 4:54:22 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 42 replies · 4,635+ views
    Special to Free Republic ^ | 2 September 2004 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    There are speeches yet to go at the Republican Convention, as I write this. President Bush will speak tonight, and of course the most important speech given at any party convention is the one by its nominee. Still, without fear of being proven wrong, in my opinion the most powerful and evocative speech at this Convention was given yesterday. By a Democrat, Senator Zell Miller. The title which summarizes his work is just one letter different from the catch phrase made famous in the Oscar-winning performance of Peter Finch in the 1976 classic, Network. Finch played Howard Beale, the TV...
  • Live Thread: Ben Barnes and CBS Attempt Another Bush Smear (60 Minutes)

    09/08/2004 4:39:18 PM PDT · by Howlin · 459 replies · 47,817+ views | September 8, 2004
    Have at him!
  • Rush is reporting that the fake docs came from the DNC and Kerry campaign (live thread)

    09/10/2004 9:26:37 AM PDT · by stockpirate · 706 replies · 38,312+ views
    Rush live tread | SEPTEMBER 4, 2004 | rush
    Rush is reporting that the docs came from the Kerry campaign and that the campaign knew that were fakes.
  • POW's wife: "You're using these people for your own ambitions, Mr. Kerry!"

    09/02/2004 10:00:59 PM PDT · by AFA-Michigan · 12 replies · 1,564+ views
    Univ. of Virginia, Univ. of Richmond, others | Sept. 2, 2004 | Gary Glenn (Vanity compilation)
    This is outside my usual area of discussion, but (1) living in Michigan, I was intrigued by the historic role Detroit played in John Kerry's "aid and comfort to the enemy" saga, and (2) my late father was a U.S. Marine who survived Pearl Harbor and served during both WWII and the Korean War, which means I was raised to have strong feelings about that "aid and comfort" stuff. If those Swift Boat guys remain on the ball as they have so far, I'll bet the information below eventually becomes the subject of one of their ads. It certainly should....
  • Founder of New Iraq Veterans Against War (And For Peace) Promotes Violence

    09/10/2004 4:26:52 AM PDT · by · 16 replies · 909+ views ^ | 9/19/04 | David Shedlock
    Michael Hoffman, of the Iraq Veterans Against the War, recently interviewed on Fox News, advocates the same violence promoted by Malcom X and finds friends among Marxist Socialists. In his strange interview on the Fox News Oreilly Factor, Hoffman said he opposed the war before it started because he knew that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction. Now just how did he know that since even current opponents of the war agreed with the President before the war that Iraq had WMDs?... Remainder of Story at:
  • Another Disgruntled Democrat

    09/10/2004 8:14:18 AM PDT · by crushelits · 24 replies · 1,101+ views ^ | September 10, 2004 | Link via Instapundit by Lorie Byrd
    Another Disgruntled Democrat <![if !supportLineBreakNewLine]> <![endif]> Betsy Newmark had "blogger withdrawal" because Blogger would not let her post all day. I had "Betsy withdrawal" because Blogger would not let her post all day. She has lots of good stuff up, so check her out. The words of this Democrat posted at Betsy's Page probably say what many Democrats are thinking. Speaking as an embarrassed and fed-up Democrat, I have to say to the national leaders of my own party: What were you thinking when you nominated this man!? Is there really no one better than this that the Democratic...
  • TV writer (and Kerry fundraiser) gives $100G to Texans for Truth (anti-Bush group)

    09/09/2004 5:44:16 PM PDT · by QQQQQ · 31 replies · 1,827+ views
    MLive ^ | Sept. 9, 2004 | SHARON THEIMER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A television writer and fund-raiser for John Kerry is the first six-figure donor to a new group that is criticizing President Bush's National Guard service during the Vietnam War. Daniel O'Keefe, a writer/producer whose work includes such sitcoms as "The Drew Carey Show" and "Seinfeld," donated $100,000 this week to Texans for Truth, an Austin-based group that plans to run anti-Bush television ads starting Monday. The group spent about $100,000 on its first ad buy, an anti-Bush commercial that starts Monday in the presidential battleground states Arizona, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon and Pennsylvania. In addition to his Texans...
  • Bush Skipped National Guard Duty. So What?

    09/09/2004 6:39:00 AM PDT · by PastaBagel · 8 replies · 779+ views ^ | 9/9/2004 | PastaBagel
    Bush skipped out on his National Guard duty. He also snorted coke, and was a drunk. I don’t care. He is defeating fascist Islam, and that’s all that matters. CBS is running a story showing that Bush missed some of his National Guard duty. Let me cut to the chase and spare you the spin. Let’s say that Bush skipped all of his National Guard duty, that he never even put on the uniform once. Hell, let’s say he torched his draft card and moved to Canada from 1968-1974. It doesn’t matter at all. Bush is not running on his...
  • The Raving and Drooling Columnists of Newsday...

    09/08/2004 3:39:45 PM PDT · by PatriotEdition · 1 replies · 474+ views
    The Patriot Edition ^ | 9/8/04 | Billy Kess
    Pardon, the vanity, but for those of us in the Long Island/NY area who are on the right-of-center and are familiar with the pinko-rag known as "Newsday", you will know what I mean... More baseless rantings from Newsday columnists... Political ranting is fine. Most of us interested in the political realm are us little people who go blogging and do a lot of ranting on our little political soapboxes in the 'blogosphere'. But professional columnists really need to do a little more research - especially when they are writing for major newspapers - like Long Island's leftwing, environmental rag 'Newsday'. Blind...
  • Letter from John

    09/09/2004 8:39:08 AM PDT · by GarnetGirl04 · 309+ views
    I am John Kerry. I was against the first Iraq war, I am against the second Iraq war, but I voted for it. Now I'm against it but I was for it. I support the UN. I'm against terrorism and against the Iraq war. But I voted for the Iraq war. So, I voted against the first war and supported the second war, wait... I'm against gay marriage but for gay unions. I support gays but think the San Francisco mayor is wrong. I support gay marriages. No, wait, gay unions. I'm Catholic. Wait, I'm Jewish. My dad was Jewish,...
  • Dems' Ad Buys Show Race Down to 14 States

    09/08/2004 4:34:11 PM PDT · by jacko63 · 75 replies · 2,295+ views ^ | September 8, 2004, 7:01 PM EDT | By RON FOURNIER and LIZ SIDOTI
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Kerry and the Democratic Party are limiting television advertising to just 14 states as the fall campaign opens, curbing their ambitions for a broader playing field against President Bush. The shift reduces Missouri, Colorado, Arizona and four Southern states to second-tier status. The Republican incumbent is likely to follow suit, perhaps by pulling money out of those same seven GOP-leaning states and shifting it to traditionally Democratic battlegrounds.
  • Statement by UAW Member and Autoworker Sam Burwell

    09/07/2004 11:09:03 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 17 replies · 1,003+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | September 7, 2004
    CORUNNA, MI – Sam Burwell, third generation UAW member and autoworker, Local 362, today issued the following statement: "President Bush has presented a clear agenda for a more hopeful America and a more prosperous economy, but John Kerry has responded with nothing but cynicism and false attacks. John Kerry's plans for higher taxes, increased regulation and more government spending would devastate Michigan's economy. “Kerry's proposal for higher CAFE standards would kill 450,000 jobs and has been criticized by the UAW for its harmful impact on the American auto industry. Michiganders aren't going to trust a candidate who cares more about...
  • Anti-gay marriage proposal's success uncertain, pastor says

    09/06/2004 8:26:18 AM PDT · by schaketo · 6 replies · 692+ views
    Lansing State Journal, MI ^ | 9/6/2004 | AP Staff Writer
    Foes fear ballot issue will take away benefits GRAND RAPIDS - At least one poll shows solid support among Michigan residents for a constitutional ban on gay marriage, but a clergyman says that doesn't guarantee voters will endorse the idea. The state Court of Appeals ruled Friday that a proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage in Michigan as a union between one man and one woman should appear on the Nov. 2 ballot. Opponents including the Rev. Doug Van Doren, pastor of Plymouth Congregational Church in Grand Rapids, fear the amendment will be used to take away benefits for same-sex partners....
  • Sen. John Kerry's Purple Heart-burn

    03/26/2002 4:53:27 AM PST · by edmundburk · 28 replies · 9,181+ views
    "Politics in a Time of War" in the latest USNews shows liberal Sen. John Kerry on a war footing with President Bush, as a possible prelude to a presidential run by eternal hopeful Kerry in 2004. Kerry is a Vietnam War hero, as he reminds us every chance he gets. According to US News: “Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts sat at his Senate office desk next to the bullet-punctured American flag that used to fly from the gunboat he commanded in Vietnam and implied that anybody who tried to question his patriotism was going to run into a buzz...
  • Kerry to Bush: 'We're coming, you're going'

    01/19/2004 10:55:16 PM PST · by Destro · 112 replies · 1,875+ views ^ | 12:12 AM CST on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 | From Wire Reports
    Kerry to Bush: 'We're coming, you're going' 12:12 AM CST on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 From Wire Reports DES MOINES, Iowa – John Kerry's voice was so hoarse when he woke at 4:45 a.m. Monday that he sent stand-ins to three get-out-the-vote rallies. But by late afternoon he hopped back on his campaign bus, the Real Deal Express, saying he wanted to see undecided Iowa caucusgoers one last time to "fight for every vote." Those four words became the Massachusetts senator's political vow in the final weeks before the nation's first presidential caucuses – which Mr. Kerry won easily over...
  • It could soon be illegal to preach against homosexuality!

    09/07/2004 9:06:51 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 132 replies · 3,862+ views ^ | 9-7-04
    There is a “hate crimes” bill that has already passed the U.S. Senate. The House will soon vote on the bill. If the bill passes, the ultimate result could be that it is a federal crime to publicly criticize the homosexual lifestyle. It is urgent that you contact your Representative today to oppose this dangerous “hate crimes” amendment that could lay the groundwork for persecution of Christians. Can’t happen, you say. In Canada, one cannot publicly criticize homosexuality. Because of a “hate crimes” law that includes sexual orientation, even the quoting of Scriptures that condemn homosexuality can be illegal. Because...
  • GAy Wedding News Top STory all Day AP/Yahoo ... (NEvermind WMD)

    05/17/2004 9:50:00 PM PDT · by PatriotEdition · 2 replies · 155+ views
    It's funny... Associated Press, Reuters, Yahoo News, etc etc... (all the same frigging thing, anyway) ...they have had the gay couples marrying in massachusettes as their top headline all day long on their "top stories" line up... Nevermind the WMD found in Iraq, lookie here! Gay people being set FREE!!!!!! How lovely!!!!! Yes!!!! BARF! It's almost as if they are shoving it in our faces once again... Billy
  • California Supreme Court asks what to do with S.F. same-sex marriages

    04/15/2004 11:19:43 AM PDT · by george wythe · 12 replies · 258+ views
    AP ^ | Apr 15 2004
    The court would have to decide if the 4,000 marriages remain valid, if they would be automatically be voided or of they could they be voided at some time in the future. Assuming Newsom's defeat, which many legal scholars predict, the court asked: "Would the marriages that have been performed and registered nonetheless be valid, would the marriages be voidable or would the marriages be void?" Lockyer has already told the court in briefs that the marriages, which have left the newlyweds in a state of legal limbo, are invalid and that those married should get their $82 fees refunded.
  • Lockyer: SF officials violated separation of powers in gay marriages

    03/26/2004 11:16:11 AM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 9 replies · 344+ views
    Associated Press via North County Times ^ | 25 March 2004 | Lisa Leff
    Lockyer: SF officials violated separation of powers in gay marriages By: LISA LEFF - Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO -- Attorney General Bill Lockyer told the California Supreme Court Thursday that in issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, San Francisco authorities violated the separation of powers doctrine by assuming for themselves "more power than the Governor, or the Supreme Court, or the Legislature." The seven justices are considering whether San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom had the legal authority to direct his administration to sanction marriages of gay and lesbians even though the state's Family Code in at least three places defines...
  • Some in GOP Criticize Bush's Wedding Ban (NM, Big Tent Alert)

    02/28/2004 2:15:50 PM PST · by CedarDave · 33 replies · 338+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 28, 2004 | Susan Montoya Bryan
    Saturday, February 28, 2004 Some in GOP Criticize Bush's Wedding Ban By Susan Montoya Bryan The Associated Press A leader of a GOP group that supports gay rights criticized President Bush's proposal for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, calling it a "recipe for disaster." The Log Cabin Republicans worry that Bush's stance on same-sex marriage risks alienating the 1 million gays and lesbians who voted for him in 2000. "The federal marriage amendment is a big problem for us, and it should be for any person who supports equality. The constitution should not be used as a political football,"...
  • Sandoval Clerk Weathers Torrent of Criticism (NM, Gay Marriage)

    02/28/2004 2:07:22 PM PST · by CedarDave · 2 replies · 508+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 28, 2004 | Joshua Akers
    Saturday, February 28, 2004 Sandoval Clerk Weathers Torrent of Criticism By Joshua Akers Journal Staff Writer Rarely does a county clerk catch the attention of a U.S. president, much less end up in Time magazine. Of course, it's also unusual for a clerk to file a police report against the county attorney. Or obtain fingerprints from the county spokesman. Or go through six chief deputy clerks in three years. Sandoval County Clerk Victoria Dunlap is a maverick Republican who has courted controversy since the day she was elected. But her decision earlier this month to issue marriage licenses to same-sex...
  • Prominent Democrats question S.F. nuptials (Barbara Boxer, Barney Frank)

    02/19/2004 12:06:26 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 16 replies · 253+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 19 February 2004 | Mary Anne Ostrom
    Prominent Democrats question S.F. nuptials BOXER, GAY LAWMAKER DISAGREE WITH MAYOR'S DECISION For a week, the parade of gay couples lining up to marry at San Francisco City Hall has resonated as a love story, a civil-rights struggle, a morality play and a legal tussle. (SNIP) But the biggest surprise of the day came from U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, seeking her third term this fall and long a champion of gay rights, who publicly stated that she does not believe in changing state law to allow for the recognition of same-sex marriage. (SNIP) Democratic Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, a...
  • We're Registered at the City Jail

    02/06/2004 12:35:36 PM PST · by misterrob · 10 replies · 219+ views
    Fox ^ | 2/6/04 | Paul Wagenseil
    <p>It didn't turn out to be a happy wedding day for a Centerville, Utah, couple.</p> <p>While buying makeup last Saturday for a wedding later that day, the Salt Lake Tribune reports, the maid of honor dropped a bombshell on the bride.</p> <p>She'd slept with the groom the night before.</p>
  • Minnesota judge closing in on five-thousand weddings

    11/03/2003 8:12:02 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 1 replies · 198+ views
    KFVS12 ^ | 11/2/03 | AP
    Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota-AP -- Around Washington County, Minnesota, Howard Albertson is known as the "marrying man." The judge, who expects to perform his five-thousandth wedding later this month, has been putting people together for 46 years. He's even turned his farm into a wedding wonderland, complete with thousands of tulips, a gazebo and a 45-foot waterfall. Albertson says other judges have other hobbies. But he doesn't hunt or fish -- he does weddings. The 75-year-old performed his first marriage in 1957. He took a 12-year break while he was a state representative but now performs about 200 weddings...
  • Weddings Make Comeback - Since Saddam's Downfall, Iraqis Are Tying The Knot In Record Numbers

    10/25/2003 10:12:01 AM PDT · by Ex-Dem · 3 replies · 138+ views
    San Mateo County Times, Washington Post ^ | October 25, 2003 | Karl Vick
    Weddings make comeback Since Saddam's downfall, Iraqis are tying the knot in record numbers By Karl Vick, Washington Post BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The fat man in the parking lot of the Babylon Hotel was dancing like a bulldog in a cartoon, index finger twirling in the air, hips swiveling below. A snare drum snapped out a rhythm from the desert. A young man with a red face coaxed a sinuous arabesque from a battered trumpet. And here came the bride. Wrestling her hoop skirt out from the back seat of a decorated BMW, she wore a henna tattoo on her...
  • Not Just Cold Feet: Weddings Go Wild

    08/26/2003 5:31:33 PM PDT · by Cathryn Crawford · 47 replies · 377+ views
    FOXNews ^ | 9.26.03 | Catherine Donaldson-Evans
    <p>If they've been following the latest wedding trends, brides, grooms and guests might want to don boxing gloves before heading to the reception for an eve of dancing and drinking.</p> <p>Forget road and air rage. Now in the ring: wedding rage (search), which is rivaling its relatives in the "formidable force" category.</p>
  • Brides rush city store for right dress, right price

    08/02/2003 5:34:09 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 10 replies · 274+ views
    Courier News ^ | 8/2/03 | KARA RICHARDSON
    <p>NEW YORK -- For Ana Posada, a bride-to-be from North Plainfield, the quest began very early Friday. At 4:15 a.m., to be exact.</p> <p>Posada, 26, was on the prowl for a wedding gown that was perfect, and cheaper than a $5,500 gown she liked at Macy's.</p>
  • Weddings Without The Dogma (Quebec Rent-A-Priest. Yes We Do Weddings! Have Collar, Will Travel.)

    07/26/2003 11:33:49 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 8 replies · 515+ views
    National Post ^ | July 26, 2003 | Graeme Hamilton
    Weddings without the dogma 'I'm not there to judge': Quebec ministers eager to offer Catholic couples a way to break the rules MONTREAL - Sometimes Reverend Bernard Cantin conducts weddings wearing his bishop's outfit, a miter perched on his head and a staff in hand. Or he might don the red leather boots that were a gift from a Hells Angels member he married. What he never does is marry couples inside a church. Mr. Cantin, a defrocked Catholic priest, is the founder of Le Nouveau Penser, an officially recognized religious organization with 32 pastors whose main business is weddings....
  • Weddings in the Columbia River Gorge Produce Controversy

    07/21/2003 7:14:42 PM PDT · by nwrep · 13 replies · 280+ views
    Oregonian ^ | July 21, 2003 | Wendy Owen
    Weddings in the gorge proves to be a proposal that invites controversy 07/21/03WENDY OWEN CORBETT -- The tree-lined back yard of Phyllis Thiemann's Brickhaven Bed & Breakfast sits on a hillside with the Columbia River Gorge stretching below in a mix of golden and tree-covered hills cut by the blue ribbon of the Columbia River. It's a beautiful setting for weddings. But Thiemann, who says she gets about eight inquiries a week about weddings, is prohibited from hosting them. Her property sits in the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, which doesn't allow commercial weddings. This week, the Columbia River...
  • Germans can pick up a wedding with weekly shop (HOLD MEIN BIER!)

    03/11/2003 5:19:46 PM PST · by MadIvan · 8 replies · 248+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | March 12, 2003 | Kate Connolly
    Cash-strapped German couples, increasingly nervous about tying the knot as their country's economy stagnates, are being offered bargain "package marriages" by a discount supermarket chain. A snip at £1,500, the deal includes the service - at a choice of locations - with 18 guests, a champagne reception, hotel accommodation for the bride and groom and even insurance in case they fail to make it to the altar. A mass-produced dress and honeymoon are available for a modest additional fee. Unemployment and substantial tax rises have transformed Germany into a frugal nation. Last year consumption dropped by two per cent. From...
  • Emily Post, where are you?

    04/29/2002 1:15:57 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 34 replies · 947+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 4/29/2002 | Marianne M Jennings
    Open a wedding invitation these days and tiny wisps flutter. These are not gossamer wings of love or even those irritating Hallmark sprinkles. Nay, these are your gift instructions, perhaps involving "Club Wed," Target's retailing coup of weddings. Brides once registered sublime day and formal patterns for eight. Now they register right down to the Rubbermaid swing-open forest green garbage cans and the Coleman cooler on Aisle 16. These crass inserts in wedding invitations have crossed into Osbourne territory. Last week brought a printed insert card of demands: three retail stores including phone number and Web site for Bed, Bath...
  • "Priceless" MasterCard Wedding

    04/13/2002 5:14:03 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 8 replies · 867+ views
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    Subject: Priceless Master Card Wedding This is a true story about a recent wedding that took place at Clemson University. It was in the local newspaper and even Jay Leno mentioned it. It was a huge wedding with about 300 guests. After the wedding, at the reception, the groom got up on stage with a microphone to talk to the crowd. He said he wanted to thank everyone for coming, many from long distances, to support them at their wedding. He especially wanted to thank the bride's and his family and to thank his new father-in-law for providing such a...