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Marriage à la Mode

Why the cake remains an essential ingredient.

Feb 15, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 21 • By CHARLOTTE HAYS
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Miss Manners might have done well to be more dictatorial about the hour at which it is right to don a dinner jacket. Couples who want to do the right thing but don’t know, and therefore end up having wedding parties that look as if they have rounded up not their friends but tux-wearing waiters from nearby restaurants, might actually appreciate more emphasis on this matter than a photo caption. But Miss Manners concentrates on general principles, and there is a dire need for such insights as are offered here, often hilariously presented. (I laughed out loud over the guest who wanted to bring a pet monkey. Miss Manners advised against it.)  

This is a wise and witty book, and every bridezilla and her mother should be forced to read, honor, and obey it. Until such time as this happens, I shall prefer funerals to weddings.

Charlotte Hays is coauthor of Southern ladies’ guides to hosting perfect weddings and funerals.

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