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Modern etiquette: Wedding dilemmas in the 21st century

By Jo Bryant

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Many couples decide not to include kids on their big day

Is that really the case? All the weddings I have been to have had children there.

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The "no kids policy" didn't work out well for my sister. Made for very strained relations with several family members with some bad feelings still remaining after 10 years! On the other hand, at my nephew's wedding a few years ago there were lots of kids. One of them took all the disposable cameras off the tables, which had been left for the guests to take candid shots, and used up all the film just taking pictures of nothing. My nephew didn't know about it and paid to have all that useless film developed! Damned if you do, and damned if you don't.

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Emily Post, where are you when we need you?

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An interesting article. Human nature being what it is, none of this sounds likes exaggerated, or as if it's too unlikely to ever happen. Some good advice to keep you from blowing your top and letting people try to steamroller your plans for your wedding.

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I used to think that the Japanese way of a standard gift of 30,000 yen or whatever it is now was crass. But it sure simplifies things. And if you don't like it you can always just not go.

And you don't have to worry about complaints of spouses rich relatives who drank up big and just gave a cheap useless present.

But the main thing is to have a wonderful day and live happily ever after. Should be easy right?

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i personally like when the bride and groom register at a dept store with a list of gifts they would like to receive. you can save money and they get what they want and need. nowadays it's common to register at a high level department store, and a low budget store like wal-mart or target. that way there is something for everyone's budget.they have computerize list of your registry and when a gift is purchased it is crossed off the list, so you don't end up with 3 toasters. i have 2 sisters and my mom always told all 3 of us we'd better elope because she wasn't paying for none of our weddings and that she saved up for a year to pay for her own wedding. now that were all grown and out the house she just wishes we would get married!

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