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Celebrant married comatose bride

(c) THE AUSTRALIAN by PAIGE TAYLOR August 7, 2017 A marriage celebrant could be struck off after failing to get an “I do” from an unconscious bride, but proceeding anyway, reportedly saying: “Oh, she can’t answer but I know she wanted to get married when I saw her before.” Diane Caratozzolo-Waddington, from Warnbro on Perth’s

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“Give wedding advice a shot” by Dave Barry

Miami Herald 4 April 2004 It’s wedding season again. You can tell because the average bridal magazine currently weighs more than the average bride. Bridal magazines are massive because they carry enormous amounts of advertising designed to persuade the bride-to-be that her wedding will be a hideous disaster if it costs less than a nuclear

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Wedding ritual: why we still love getting married

JOHN CARROLL (c) The Australian November 11, 2017   The wedding is the only social ritual apart from the funeral that has survived into modern times. This is of telling significance, suggesting it continues to articulate some deep aspiration. This country has pitched itself into a debate on the nature of marriage — unprecedented, I

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A follow-up to Dear Mary

Dear Mary 4 November 2017 Q. Regarding the issue of over-long wedding speeches (21 October), your readers may be comforted by my 93-year-old mother’s observation when, several hours into a relative’s wedding, she noted how long the celebrations now go on for. ‘In my day, the couple were so desperate to go off and jump

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Dear Mary on wedding speeches

DEAR MARY — YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED (c) The Spectator Australia 21 October 2017   Q. I went to a wedding in Suffolk last weekend. The timing was this: wedding 3 p.m., then a reception of canapes and champagne (with speeches) until dinner at 7 p.m., which was followed by dancing till midnight. The bride’s father’s

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I Do What? In China, Some Wester Wedding Customs Don’t Compute

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL I Do What? In China, Some Western Wedding Customs Don’t Compute By Chao Deng 16 July 2017 BEIJING—The bridal party huddled in a park, with groomsmen and bridesmaids in powder blue trying to figure out how to parade down a walkway and arrange themselves at a wedding arch. Walking down the

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Nazi Bride Schools – These girls were the nucleus of the Reich

By Sarah Rainey (c) The Telegraph (UK) 16 Aug 2013 Dressed in modest petticoats and starched white aprons, their hair pulled back into neat plaits, a group of women are pictured marching through a hayfield. Arms linked, broad smiles across their faces, they are carrying baskets laden with flowers, which later they will arrange into

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How not to say ‘I love you’

There are certain things you should never do when saying ‘I love you’ – and using a live dog as notepaper is one of them, says Richard Holt. By Richard Holt The Telegraph (UK) 01 Oct 2014 A Polish veterinary student has landed himself in a bit of trouble after stitching the words “I love

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Men: would you take your wife’s surname?

The news that Jemima Khan is to revert to her maiden name, Goldsmith, has reignited the debate over what women should do about their surnames when they get married. Theo Merz – who has his mother’s name – asks why men are still so unwilling to change theirs By Theo Merz The Telegraph (UK) 03

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Would you hire a ghostwriter to write your wedding vows?

Would you hire a ghostwriter to write your wedding vows? How busy brides are now outsourcing the most personal part of their special day By ANNABEL ELLIOTT 10 March 2014 For many married-couples-to-be writing their vows can be the most profoundly personal and emotionally charged part of the wedding planning process. It can also be

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