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Great, and many thanks! I was afraid that it might come to that as i was hoping to avoid the whole mailing thing. I saw one such dry cleaner based in the UK - the Barker Group - but I thought getting my laundry done across the Atlantic may be a bit excessive.
Haha. If you are willing to subject yourself to four weeks of waltz classes leading up to the party - along with other tortures - you can come to the next one. If there is one.
I live in the DC area. Does anyone know what's the best way for me to get these detachable collars cleaned and properly starched? I tried Parkway Dry Cleaners but they didn't do a very good job the one time I sent them a detachable collar.
Another note for posterity - I hosted a black tie optional private event over the weekend in DC for a large group of friends and acquaintances, half expecting only a tiny minority would turn up in black tie. Boy, was I wrong. Of the 60+ people who attended - most of them in their late 20s and early 30s - an overwhelming majority of the men turned up in correct black tie attire (I would like to think that me sharing the link to the black tie guide months ahead of the party...
I'm a few months late - missed this post - but as I'm about to commission a white tie outfit I came to the Forvm to do some research and this thread is really encouraging. Well done.
34.89 miles! How do you people do it?Ran 6 miles yesterday in 58 minutes. I know it's very slow, but it's my best time yet. Running a half marathon next week and will be taking it easy for the next few days.
Thanks, this is in line with many of what others have been saying on this thread.As an aside: if only I live in an era where "casual" clearly means "coat and tie"...
Yes, I have duped a cellist friend to come and play a few fun pieces. I'm giving him 8 months' notice - can't see how I can do better than that!
Yes, agreed. I was thinking at first that given that it's a small party (20 people), hiring help may seem exaggerated. But on second thought and after reading feedback on this thread, I see now that hired help is the only sensible way to do this.
At least half of the men that I intend to invite own black tie attire. If pressed, I will say that it's a "black tie encouraged" event, so those who do not own black tie can turn up in a dark suit instead. Who knows, maybe an event like this will help inspire more of my friends - especially the fence-sitters - to pull the trigger and finally get black tie attire? We are all in our late 20s or early 30s and I'm thinking, if one does not get black tie and have fun with it...
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