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A Return to Tradition

A Return to Tradition

Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices," observed the poetRalph Waldo Emerson. When it comes to weddings, it's good to keep that in mind. The best of weddings makes people bonkers. We at The Independent believe that's because of how far the whole wingding has drifted from its formal roots and etiquette. Everything costs a fortune, anything goes, and people seem to have forgotten all about manners and tradition.So in this, our annual wedding issue, we've put together tips on how to get back to the basics of wedding decorum. Read about the history of bridesmaids; find out what really goes on at that age-old send-off known as the bachelor party; check out a return to style via Fashion Engagement photos; and get some suggestions of where to have a rehearsal dinner the whole correct-salad-fork-using family will enjoy. Read story.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Wedding Etiquette

Weddings are one of those seemingly inevitable milestones that come along somewhere between the diaper eras. Whether as a bride, groom, participant, family member, or guest, these social events are impossible to avoid, particularly if you are me. Read story.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

The Pre-Game Show

All weddings have the same underlying rhythm: They move inexorably, like a wind-up toy, from great tension to big relief. Read story.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Bridesmaids, Rejoice

Anyone who's ever had to drop a few hundred bucks on a sea foam-colored tulle and taffeta monstrosity in the name of friendship-aka the test of friendship that is being a bridesmaid-will think she's entered an alternate universe once inside Santa Barbara Bridal (15 W. Figueroa St., 730-7300). Read story.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

The Truth about Bachelor Parties

An unidentified man we'll call Papa Smurf is snatched away from his lovely bride-to-be. He is forced to drink Wild Turkey during a six-hour drive through the desert, headed straight for that den of hedonism, Las Vegas. Read story.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Wedding Moves

For many brides and grooms, the first wedding dance is a terrifying prospect: They've just survived the most nerve-wracking-if most joyous-experience of their lives, gulped down a glass or two of champagne, and endured the blinding pop of the photographer's flash, and now they have to get up in front of big brothers, work colleagues, and old friends, and : dance? Read story.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

The Five-Minute Rule

Five minutes. That's the amount of time I can handle talking about my upcoming wedding without feeling like my head is going to explode. Read story.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Be a Model Before You're Married

It's a recent Saturday afternoon, and I-at long last-am a male model. I'm dressed in stylish clothes, sitting atop the colorful pillows of Chef Karim's Moroccan restaurant, and holding my head at the perfect tilt beneath the bright lights. Read story.

Thursday, February 22, 2007
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