Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 27, 1975 · Page 73
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 73

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 27, 1975
Page 73
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SF JMy 27,1975 Showering The Bride Can Be Enjoyable Prelude To Wedding By CONNIE SHEARER "Of the Gazette Staff In the llth revised edition of "Emily Post's Etiquette. The Blue Book of Social Usage." by Elizabeth L. Post, there is a chapter on showers. It states, in part. "Showers are friendly gatherngs held in honor of a bride-to-be . . . the setting for a shower can be almost anything -- a luncheon, a dinner, an afternoon tea, an evening party, or even morning coffee. The only distinguishing characteristic of the shower is the giving of presents to the guest of honor. "Bridal showers are never given by .members of the bride's immediate family, because a gift is obligatory. Whether a wedding present is sent in addition to a shower gift depends upon the custom of one's own community; it also depends on how well one knows and how much one cares for Mary Jones. And most of all it Depends upon the depth of one's purse. It is perfectly permissible to give a shower for ·someone who is being married for the sec- nd time, whether she be a widow or a di- nwcee. But the hostess, as she plans her ^party. would do well to keep in mind the 'elaborateness of the wedding plans and make her plans accordingly. In other words, the bride-to-be who for one reason "or another is having a very quiet, simple .wedding might easily be embarrassed by ·an extremely elaborate shower, however -kindly her friend's intention." - That's what Emily Post says about the ;most popular of all pre-nuptial gatherings. · In reality, showers can be enjoyable social gatherings where a group of friends ·gets together and chat, reminisce, play sil- ·ly games, rehash wedding plans and ooh . and ah over tea towels, candleholders, bed lines, coffee mugs and, occasionally, an ··".original and unusual gift. '.' In short, showers are organized gift-giv- ! ing sessions, which, depending on the par- ty-giving ability of the hostess, can some time be fun. When Brenda Brotherton and Steven Bradley set July 12 for their wedding. Brenda asked her friend. Becky Taylor, to be a member of the wedding party. By the time the wedding day arrived, Mrs. Taylor and her husband were getting located in another part of the country. She decided that since she' could not be here on her friend's "big day" she would with the help of her mother, Mrs. A. P. Jones, honor the bride-to-be with a super shower. The Jones home was the scene of the 11 a.m. party. A group of friends and neighbors gathered to sip bloody Marys and salty dogs and help themselves to a delicious fare of pastry shells filled with creamed mushrooms with olives and almonds, fresh fruit salad and lemon pound cake. The group did not play games, but everyone brought a gift for the guest of honor. Betsy Rectenwald and Bill Villanova will be married on August 16. It seems that all of the aunts and sisters-in-law of the bride-elect wanted to give showers for her. This presented a problem since many of the guests would be invited to each of the showers -- and that could get quite expensive. The problem was solved when the hostesses-to-be got together and decided to give one big shower at the St. Albans Woman's Clubhouse. Each of the hostesses will invite a different group and each of the groups of invitations will designate a different kind of shower so that gifts won't be duplicated. Each of the hostesses will provide her culinary specialty to provide a variety of refreshments ranging.from ham-baked tarts to salads. The guests will play games under the direction of the hostesses. Each guest will. of course, bring a present and with so many people in one room there is bound to be no shortage of conversation. When Janet Nester and Debbie Powers were toddlers, their mothers used to push carriages together near their homes on Al- ynwood Circle. When Janet Nester became Mrs. Gary Smith on June 21 her life-long friend was a member of the wedding party. Prior to the wedding, however, Miss Powers honored the bride-to be with a shower at her home with her mother as co- hostess. The mother-daughter-hostesses type shower is a popular party for the bride. It provides interesting guests because of the age differences and it presents an opportunity for old friends to get together. The party given by the Powers women was a miscellaneous shower and the highlight was the umbrella-shaped cake made by Miss Powers, a college student. There is an endless variety of shower paraphernalia. Napkins, paper plates, colorful plastic spoons and forks and even specially-designed shower games may be purchased in shops which carry greeting cards. For the hostess who feels a party is just not a party without elaborate decorations, there are still crepe paper streamers and confetti available. A variety of games can be played without pre-planning. For example, the hostess may decree that person whose present is opened first by the bride will receive a special present. And there are always the trite games of the third present opened designates the next person to be married or the seventh will have the next baby. The mother-of the bride often is the one who gathers the ribbons from the presents and arranges a bouquet for her daughter to carry at her wedding rehearsal. MINIATURE H'OPE CHEST in hand, Margaret tare from Woodrum's, which makes same gift to each Hundley looks into the real thing. The recent graduate girl graduate annually in four area high schools, of George Washington High School received the minia- THE BRIDAL STASH Hope Chests Are Ever Hopeful A RECENT BRIDE HERSELF is Mrs. Steven Bradley, the former Brenda Brotherton. She's also manager of the Parasol where she is shown holding a miniature soap-filled basket, one of many items suitable as favors for bridal shower games. Attendants' Gifts Called Fringe Cost: For the average bride today, one of the big "fringe" costs involved in her wedding has been the attendants' gifts. The gold charm, pendant or bracelet, often with diamond chips or cultured pearls, that were almost standard bridesmaids' gifts, are now quite a big item for the bride with several attendants. Obviously, the attendant who had to buy a fairly expensive dress expects, and is entitled "to. a gift in keeping with her costume. But the bride who must watch her budget, who tries to cut expenses, is justified in giving less costly gifts. She can, of course, select smaller pieces or give moderately priced necklaces. But, since silver and pewter are very fashionable and especially popular with young moderns, she can give contemporary classic jewelry that will be high fashion now and possibly collectors' items later. The important thing to remember is that the bride must give a gift to each attendant. While the gifts may be given on the wedding day, it is customary for the bride to give them at an all-woman gathering or at the festivities connected with the rehearsal. In this case, the bridegroom usually gives his gifts to best man and ushers at that time. HARPER'S Mouldings of all styles, raw and finished. Specializing in Needlepoint and Embroideries. Linen and velvet liners and mats. Bridal Notice Information on weddings must be in our hands within 14 days after the date of the ceremony to be eligible for publication. There can be no exceptions to this deadline. Only those weddings occurring on the preceding Friday and Saturday can appear in the Sunday Gazette-Mail, and complete information must be furnished prior to the wedding. The dead- IFne for Sunday engagement and wedding stories is noon Thursday. HOUtS*l*4 PICTURE FRAMING The Smart Bride Completes Her Trousseau With An Eva Gabon Wig or Hairpiece · EVA GABOR WIGS · WIGLETS · .HAIRPIECES · JEWELRY · MANY ACCESSORIES TOO NUMEROUS TO NAME PERSONALIZED STYLING AVAILABLE ANNEDIES 4831 MocConMeAve., Spring Hill Phone 768-3214 BONHEUR a II11 mum * -«vfcv Love is a giving thing.] Give the perfect gift of love. A brilliant, perfect, permanently registered Keepsake SINCE diamond. Guaranteed in writing. 1947 There is no finer diamond ring. Keepsake 8 4833 MacCorkle Ave. Spring Hill The Valley's Oldest Keepsake Dealer Registered Diamond Rings BY ANN JOHNSTON HAAS Of the Daily Mail Staff Hope chests remain popular with young women, but their hope is not necessarily for a husband and family. "I have my great-grandmother's chest but the stuff I save is more for when I'm out on my own than for marriage," said Margaret Hundley, a recent graduate of George Washington High School. She, along with other graduating senior girls of GW, Charleston, Stonewall Jackson, and Dunbar High Schools, have received miniature cedar chests, compliments of Woodrum's and Lane's. Lane's, cedar chest manufacturers, have used the give-away for years to spur business. They give away 500,000 miniature chests a year and Woodrum's, according to Tom Hanifin, sales manager, distributes 2,500 each spring. "We sell quite a few cedar chests, mostly in the spring -- graduation time -- and Christmas," Hanifin said. Parents usually buy them as gifts. And. several recent graduates indicated, it is their mother who fills them. "My mother puts things in mine -- tow- els, sheets, an iron. She buys things on sale,-" Miss Hundley said. Ann Nelson, another recent GW graduate, has a cedar chest but confessed she has not saved a thing. Her chest once belonged to a great aunt. Other young women are collecting household items and decorative pieces with "being on their own" in mind. One used some of her things when at college while another is waiting until she gets her own apartment after completing her degree. Mrs. Eriette Morrison, corporate buyer for Stone and Thomas, said young women are "going back" to picking out sterling and china right after high school graduation. "A lot of them are adding to sterling they've been given by parents. But, if it's not handed down they're choosing their own pattern," Mrs. Morrison said. Barbara Stoner, buyer for the china, silver and gifts department at The Diamond, said some are doing this but she feels the majority wait until ready to marry. "But, a lot of young girls are getting married," Mrs. Stoner added. YOU FURNISH THE BRIDE, WE'LL "FURNISH" THE HOME! 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