Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 23, 1972 · Page 82
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July 23, 1972

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 82

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GG--July 23, 1$72 Sunday Gazette^Mail -Charleston, West Virginl«- Thank You Requires Personal Touch Note-Writing Task for Bride Alone By Sandy Wells Granted, a girl never, will be more pampered in her life than when she's bound for the altar. Her best friend, of course, is her mother, who will be constantly busy with arrangements for the big day, doing everything she can to make sure that her daughter's wedding is letter perfect. F r i e n d s , e s p e c i a l l y bridesmaids, no doubt will offer their services and the whole happy family chips in to make sure that the bride isn't too exhausted to enjoy her moment of glory. But no matter how much help she gets, there is one thing nobody can do for her. Writing thank-you notes is her job and hers alone. That's because the main requirement of such a note is a personal touch and that's something only the bride herself can convey. A happy, enthusiastic note will be greatly appreciated by all those interested friends who have spent time, thought and sometimes more money than they could really afford to remember you on the most memorable occasion of your lifetime. * * * THE NOTE needn't be long, but it should reflect your own personality. Too many notes are merely perfunctory and far too general. You must, of course, mention the specific gift (include the bridegroom in your thanks, even if the gift will be used only by you). But you also might mention the use you will make of it. If, for c; example, you receive some sort of decorative piece for your living room, you could say how nicely it will fit in w i t h your decor. If you receive a set of towels, mention how they will complement your color scheme. The point is to try to keep away from a note that merely says thank you for the lovely gift. Surely you can come up with something more original than that. Let the actual gift be your inspiration, then take it from there. If the person who sent the gift will attend the wedding, you might tell them in the note how happy you are that they will be there to share your big day. Invite them to stop by your new home or apartment when you are settled. Or, if the note is to someone in your prospective husband's guest list and you haven't met them yet, you could say how much you are looking forward to the introduction. Those are only a few ideas. As with the gift itself, the individual involved will be your inspiration in adding a few personal lines unrelated to the present. ADDRESS THE note to the wife when writing a married couple, but it is wise to include her husband's name in the actual thank you. "Affect i o n a t e l y " o r " M o s t Sincerely" are appropriate closing phrases. Use dignified, personal note paper in white, pale gray, cream or pale blue. Bizarre Lighting Important to Room Setting A bride may do well to r e m e m b e r t h a t a n a p - propriately styled lighting fixture that coordinates with her dining-room furniture is just as important as the selection of fine china, crystal and silver. The greatest meal in the world won't be good unless the company looks attractive. This can be accomplished by proper lighting. The glow from an attractive chandelier will not nnly enhance the food but also make silver and. crystal sparkle. In the same way thai she w o u l d n ' t dream of p u t t i n g casual slainiess sieei flatware with formal china, there's a style of lighting fixture to go with every style of furniture on the market today. For example, Progress Lighting's design consultant points out that a traditional dining-room suite calls for the'formality of crystal--shimmering genuine Bohemian cut crystal prisms that dangle from curvaceous gilt arms. Romantically enough, legend has it that these crystals were first made in 1770 by a poor Viennese jeweler named Josef Strasser, who could not afford jewels for his daughters to wear to the Emperor's ball. Heavily-scaled, dark-wood Mediterranean or Spanish dining-room suites, on the other hand, require a more rustic lantern-type of fixture done in black wrought iron with amber glass panels. Beaten copper cones and ceramic tiles encased in wrought iron scrolls are also right for the vibrant colors associated with this style of decorating. Brass or pewter chandeliers with five or six candelabra modeled after those of our Colonial forefathers finish off an Early American room, while for the strictly Modern interior think of "the new Contemporary smoked bubbles trimmed with chrome or brightly colored plastic domes w i t h large exposed white bulbs. MEDITERRANEAN STYLED CHANDELLIER Coordinates With Dining Room It's Okay for Bride to Exchange Gifts Your favorite aunt may send the perfect wedding present: a marvellously ornate piece of silver that's"been in the family for years. Not all wedding gifts are" as delightful to receive. What do you do with duplicates or unwanted gifts? "McCall's Engagement and Wedding Guide" makes these suggestions on the propriety of exchanging gifts. In most cases, a bride should feel free to exchange any wedding present that does Select, Order Gown Early Wedding gowns should be ordered early. They're practically custom-made and can take weeks for delivery. Then there are still several fittingK before a gown can be taken home. Attendants' dresses should be ordered at the same time as the bridal gown. While the bride selects these dresses, the bridesmaids pay for them, so their pocketbooks as well as their figures should be kept in mind. not suit. her. Mentioning the exchange of a present is a matter for individual decision. If the donor is never going to notice that her electric egg-poacher has been exchanged for a toaster, simply thank her for the poacher and go no further. However, if she will wonder what happened to her present, tell her frankly that it has been exchanged for an item that is giving you great pleasure. If you return a gift in its original box without delay, most stores will accept it for exchange without asking for a sales slip. If the store refuses, claiming that the item was bought elsewhere, it may be better to forget the matter unless the donor thoughtfully offers to exchange the present herself. Obviously, a bride of any sensitivity cannot rush to the antique store to exchange a family treasure, no m a t t e r how useless it mav be to her. She certainly should not sell it, and may even have to keep i t a v a i l a b l e f o r d i s p l a y whenever the donor comes to visit. The same consideration is due someone who gives you an elaborately hand-worked present you have no use for. styles are never good form. The notes are never typed or printed. Printed care's are permitted only if you are having a huge wedding and the pressure of responding immediately becomes too great. You may then properly send o u t e n g r a v e d c a r d s acknowledging the receipt of the gift with the promise of a personal note to follow at a later date. Whenever possible, however, write a personal note shortly after receiving the gift. It is frustrating to the person who sent the gift if she must wait weeks or sometimes even months to find out if her present was ever received. There really is no excuse for a belated thank you, even when the gift was presented in ·person. If you know how to budget your time, you can have the majority of your notes written before you leave on your honeymoon. This may involve some sacrifices, but- you owe a 'prompt reply to those who were thoughtful enough to give you a present. UTILIZE THE time under the hair dryer to jot off a few notes, or forego your favorite television program. You can set up a table in the corner of the house for the explicit purpose of writing your notes, and you also can carry your box of notepaper with you, so that you can make use of the spare moments if you end up somewhere with some time to kill. Just don't let them stack up. You'll be wise to have a handy file box filled with cards containing the names and addresses of persons who have been issued invitations. The minute you open a gift, find tht sender's card and note the gift, the date you received it and the date your note was written. Your biggest flood of gifts is apt to come shortly before the wedding. You may wish to take your notepaper with you on your honeymoon if you fall too far behind, but since no one expects you to spend your wedding trip writing notes, be sure to take time out each day to write the letters once you get down to the business of everyday life. hostesses are appropriate and most certainly welcome. FASHION CONSCIENCE GROOMS LET US KELP YOU MAKE THE RIGHT SELECTION OIF FASHIONABLE WEDDING APPAREL f °" "THE DAY" PERFECT FOR EVEKINGS, TOO. CAPITOL TAILORS MEN'S FORMAL WEAK RENTALS 211 DUFFY ST. "ACROSS FROM THE STATE CAPITOL" Ph. 343-5241 cr 344-4584 Ride With The Kiss Of The Wind Take Your Honeymoon on a Kawasaki! Young couples ore impressed with the practicalities and the qualities of a Kawasaki! Ride with the kiss of the wind on your cheeks as you hit the open trails on a Kawasaki. It's excitement . . . adventure . . . and a togetherness for those in love. And it's so practical for the newlywed with a tight-stringed purse. He'll ride it to those Saturday outings with the boys and she'll use it for the quick trips to the supermarket for some forgotten item. Hundreds of trips can be made before having to refuel. It's unbelievable--the number of miles you'll get from just one gallon! It's almost maintenance free, too. A Kawasaki really helps fight the high cost of living. Kawasaki has many models to fit any size purse so go by 726 Winfield Rd., Rt. 35 below St. Albans, and pick one out and by riding a Kawasaki, you are helping make that kiss of the wind a little bit cleaner. Thank you notes for your shower gifts and notes of appreciation to your various SUMMER SALE NOW GOING ON G5 lOOccENDURO REG. $529.OO NOW $399.00 FOX IMPORTS RT. 35 BELOW ST. 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