Being in (or approaching, ahem) our 40s and all, my husband Alfonso (Al for short) and I don't know all that many single people anymore and therefore have only attended one wedding together as a couple in nearly four years, and that one was for my dear Southern-to-her-very-core friend Kristin, whose wedding, from start to finish, was the very portrait of elegance, dignity and refinement. You'd love Kristin. She wears a pocket Emily Post Reference Guide carefully pinned to the inside of her foundational undergarment, even though I feel confident she had its contents in their entirety memorized long before she took her first step (in a tiny pair of Pappagallos, no doubt!) If ever I want to do a thing the most genteel and seemly way, I need only look to Kristin for the ultimate example of propriety. In fact, I'll readily admit that just the counting of her as one of my truest friends seems to have elevated my standards for civility, which may result in my being a bit of an etiquette snob simply by association. Or at least Old Fashioned.
Which is why I'm wondering if my flabbergastion (flabbergastedness? flabbergastery?) over an invitation we received in the mail today to another couple's wedding might be unwarranted. Maybe the rules have changed for wedding invitation etiquette? But I'll submit the details to you and see if you come to the same conclusions I have about the new twists this happy couple's taken along the road to their upcoming nuptials.
First and foremost, let me point out in the bride's defense that our association with the happy couple is through the groom, who has worked closely with Al for almost 4 years. This invitation appears, ahem, to be a product of the work of said groom, judging by the hastily scrawled lettering on the outside and inside envelopes and the incongruous selection of three stamps bearing images of 1) a large, curly-horned ram, 2) a snowflake and 3) Navajo jewelry.
The outside envelope, the one bearing the motley collection of postage, reads Al & Maghen Surname.
Whoa. I hope they don't have place cards at the wedding.
Is Megan still that unusual a name?
On the inside envelope is Mr. and Mrs. Surname.
The most unique part, though, are the two little chits of paper that came riffling out onto my lap when I pulled everything out of the inner envelope.
The first appears to have been printed by macy's. It has perforated edges like maybe it was torn from a sheet of multiple little cards. It reads
macy's wedding & gift registry
Presenting the wedding registry of
Bride's Name &
Gift preferences available
in-store, online at (address)
or call (an 800 number.)
The second appears to have been printed on typing paper and cut with scissors. A homemade little notice, announcing
We are also registered at Crate & Barrel as
Bride's Name and Groom's Name
For your convenience you can
View our Registry at:
Hmm... Do you think they're expectin' a gift?
Any blunders or faux pas here?
What about y'all? Have you witnessed or experienced any real-live Wedding Bloopers lately?