Lately I’ve been obsessively reading the wedding announcements in the SundayStyles section of the New York Times. It’s a new discovery to me. The first thing that caught my attention was whether the bride would be taking the groom’s name.
“Ms. Monaghan, 28, is keeping her name.”
“Ms. Salemme, 25, is taking her husband’s name.”
“The bride, 27, is taking her husband’s name.”
The other thing that caught my attention: How cheesy all of the pictures are. Then I found this New York Times requirement, which I realize, is probably a big contributing factor:
Couples posing for pictures should arrange themselves with their eyebrows on exactly the same level and with their heads fairly close together.
Another requirement? So THIS is why you need to do well in school; your employer probably won’t check your college creds, but wedding submissions are rewritten, fact-checked and edited according to the standards of The Times, and any old diploma won’t do:
“The couple both graduated from Bucknell, she cum laude and he summa cum laude.”
And most importantly: You’ve gotta either A. Be Somebody or B. Be the son or daughter of Somebody.
“Her father retired as the editor in chief of Time Warner. Her mother, also retired, was an architect who practiced in New York. She is on the board of the Women’s Campaign Forum Foundation in Washington.”
I wonder if they would have gotten as big a section if they’d gone by his parents:
“The bridegroom’s mother retired as the dean of the National Academy of Hairdressing in Norwalk, Conn. His father retired as a carpenter with Union Local 210 in Fairfield, Conn.”
This last one I didn’t find in the New York Times, but in a photo album downstairs. Happy 31st Anniversary Jim and Mar. If nothing else, your eyebrow placement would have made the cut.