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    SarasotaCook
    Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:10 pm
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    You bring up a really good point Becky in W; even a casual friend, the guests probably know them to some degree. Are they registered, have they lived together, how long have them been together. These are all important.

    I think people who haven't lived on their own tend to register. Now for me, if you have lived on your own for some time ... I may register for some china, stemware, flatware, etc. But, honestly ... you should have many of the basics if you live in an apartment. That includes a blender, kitchen utensils, etc. And, I can understand registering for some things. Maybe they share an apt and don't have much, then I can see the need for starting over. If they have been together for 2, 3 or more years and share a home or apt, why would they register. Casual gifts or gift cards or money are appropriate.

    But again, expecting money is simply just wrong.

    If they throw a party and serve steak with all the good sides ... do they expect their guests to pay for it. NO. A wedding is a big party, yes it is expensive, but it was their choice and their choice of guests.
    Chicagoland Chef du Jour
    Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:51 am
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    SarasotaCook wrote:

    If they throw a party and serve steak with all the good sides ... do they expect their guests to pay for it. NO. A wedding is a big party, yes it is expensive, but it was their choice and their choice of guests.


    The way I see it, they chose the menu, not me. If they want to spend $300 per plate/per guest, not my problem.

    I do know people who hopes to rake in enough cash to pay for the reception. Guess what, they were left with a bill at the end of the evening, they could not afford.

    A sales clerk at Macy's (Marshal Field's at he time) told me that brides register for gifts, then bring back the gifts for cash all with the intent of paying off the reception tab. No kidding.
    Okra
    Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:58 am
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    I'm flabbergasted at the extreme rudeness of the bride and would like to know more of the story, like how did the paper happen to get hold of the story in the first place? And did it publish any sort of outcome?
    SarasotaCook
    Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:58 am
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    Chicago, I know people who have done that too. Return gifts. NO way. I would never do that. I did return a few things - a crock pot, because I got 2, I remember a clock; because it was very modern and definitely NOT us, but very pretty. But, got another clock instead. And towels, a gorgeous set, but if anyone knows me ... pink is NOT me. I just got the same ones, different color.

    I would NEVER return for money, that is so tacky. We literally registered for things we needed. And any money we got, we got the matching items.

    People today, I just don't get.
    Zeldaz
    Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:17 pm
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    I am SO glad, 36 years later, that we got married the way we did! Decided a month in advance, went to the J.P., had two witnesses, then back to Dad's for a big picnic under the trees (only after Dad saw the certificate, though). People brought envelopes, as they knew we had NOTHING and were moving out of state immediately. My younger sister did the usual church/reception thing, and that lasted two years! icon_rolleyes.gif
    Becky in Wisconsin
    Fri Jun 21, 2013 2:48 pm
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    Zeldaz wrote:
    I am SO glad, 36 years later, that we got married the way we did! Decided a month in advance, went to the J.P., had two witnesses, then back to Dad's for a big picnic under the trees (only after Dad saw the certificate, though). People brought envelopes, as they knew we had NOTHING and were moving out of state immediately. My younger sister did the usual church/reception thing, and that lasted two years! icon_rolleyes.gif


    Zelda - We did almost the same thing. DH and I were married in the church with our immediate family ONLY. He has 6 siblings, and I have 5. Our "reception" was in my mother's garage. We grilled brats, hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken breasts. I made the salads to go with. Afterwards, we had cocktails and hors de ouvres ( which I made, too) for our friends to come by. It was perfect for US. We loved every bit of that day. The biggest expense for our wedding was DH's suit he bought to wear. My wedding dress was my "something borrowed" part of my wedding. I even did the flowers for the wedding. His son (10 at the time we got married) was our "Best Man". And my SIL was my Matron of Honor. Simple and sweet. icon_biggrin.gif
    conniecooks
    Fri Jun 21, 2013 3:39 pm
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    That response to gift, is just the rudest thing I have ever heard. Nuff said!
    mums the word
    Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:04 pm
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    Okra wrote:
    I'm flabbergasted at the extreme rudeness of the bride and would like to know more of the story, like how did the paper happen to get hold of the story in the first place? And did it publish any sort of outcome?


    Apparently, the story is going viral because of Facebook. When the newlyweds told the guests to "do a survey of normal functioning people" they did just that via a blog and Facebook requesting the opinions of strangers. That's when it started to go crazy. A local radio station called both parties and only the gift giver would go on the air. The newlyweds do not dispute that this happened, but now both parties want it to just "die". I am sure that there are hard feelings on both sides. YIKES!
    SarasotaCook
    Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:12 pm
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    I assume they do want it to die, the the bride and groom should of thought twice before they were so openly rude.

    Think before you speak or act. That was just uncalled for.
    Okra
    Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:13 pm
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    mums the word wrote:
    Okra wrote:
    I'm flabbergasted at the extreme rudeness of the bride and would like to know more of the story, like how did the paper happen to get hold of the story in the first place? And did it publish any sort of outcome?


    Apparently, the story is going viral because of Facebook. When the newlyweds told the guests to "do a survey of normal functioning people" they did just that via a blog and Facebook requesting the opinions of strangers. That's when it started to go crazy. A local radio station called both parties and only the gift giver would go on the air. The newlyweds do not dispute that this happened, but now both parties want it to just "die". I am sure that there are hard feelings on both sides. YIKES!


    Thanks, mums. Just goes to show we need to mind our p's and q's when it comes to Facebook. LOL
    mums the word
    Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:23 pm
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    That is very true Okra. It is much easier to say or write something when you are sitting behind a computer screen or, in this case, a text message sent by phone. It was probably something that they would not have said in person, face to face. (or at least I HOPE they wouldn't say that face to face.)
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