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post #45376 of 54679
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Originally Posted by PapaRubbery View Post
 

I'm getting married in late 2015, and my fiancee is crazily-well organised, right down to fonts for name cards, etc etc

 

$36k is huge, but I can see how the figure gets there though:

 

$150/head inc grog for 100 guests is $15k. Add in a good suit, a nice dress, accessories, and you're up $3k each for clothing ($21k thus far); throw in flowers (NFI but I know its lots), photographer ($2-$3k), transport, clothes for groomsmen/bridesmaids, wedding bands, etc, and you're very close to $30k for a 'smallish' wedding. 

 

 

That's what I don't get - I don't even like 100 people. 

 

For me, it would be my intermediate family, 2-3 good friends who I know would behave whilst being bored shitless. 

 

I think for women, there is a level of one-upmanship and need to stick the boot into work colleagues, childhood friends, and the girl from the coffee shop who gives you the evil eye. 

 

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Originally Posted by fxh View Post


Recent decisions in Australia suggest that many/most pre nups here are often/usually unenforceable.

 

This x9000

 
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Originally Posted by JimmyHoffa View Post
 
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Where'd you get so tasteful? 

 

Btw - channel 7 showed Bill Shorten and Abbott's faux pas - same boots, suit, shirt and tie. Scary stuff. 

post #45377 of 54679
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Originally Posted by JimmyHoffa View Post
 

Speaking of P Johnston - I picked mine up today. Many thanks to Porter, Rob and Nick.

 

Yeah yeah, I took the picture without fixing my cuff.

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

A closer image of the fabric.

 

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Jimmy you smiling assassin! Great fit pic... With Gentleman's clothes no need for bad manners now!

 

----- need to work on using spoilers

post #45378 of 54679
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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

That's what I don't get - I don't even like 100 people.

For me, it would be my intermediate family, 2-3 good friends who I know would behave whilst being bored shitless.

I think for women, there is a level of one-upmanship and need to stick the boot into work colleagues, childhood friends, and the girl from the coffee shop who gives you the evil eye.

I'm sure that one-up-manship can be part of it sometimes, but familial pressure also plays a large part, as does cultural expectations.

As an example of the latter, a Cypriot friend of mine had something like 150 people to his wedding, and that was apparently small by their standards. It was made a lot easier in their case, though, as pretty much everyone pitched in to help and the whole wedding was a community effort - families brought furniture and piles of food, and the men roasted various animals over spits whilst people drunk lots of wine and ouzo and danced the night away.

I think that familial pressure particularly comes to the fore if parents (or future parents-in-law) are kicking in some cash for the wedding, as they sometimes then think that they have the right to dictate who comes along and thus start demanding that their brother's wife's second cousin-twice-removed gets an invite, and the guest list blows out commensurately.
post #45379 of 54679
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Originally Posted by PapaRubbery View Post

Can I add "Scots" to Asians and Italians giving cash at weddings? Scots are basically asian as far as I'm concerned, in terms of mannerisms and odd customs. They keep money around the house, hidden (then they forget where they hid it), don't trust banks, brush things under the carpet, are obsessed with saving face (even if it means losing out in the long run), and give cash as gifts, call family friends as 'aunty' and 'uncle' even though they aren't related, and love LV.

I think I'm turning Japanese, I thinking I'm turning Japanese, I really think so.

Actually PR cash at weddings is still a bit of an issue as far as I can tell and I wouldn't say we love LV...but then there are 5 million (plus descendants, diaspora etc) so I am sure some of the Scots you know would fit these categories.

And what are these strange customs you refer too...?
post #45380 of 54679
Doesn't your friends reimburse a lot of the funds with their cash gifts during the wedding, my friends and I usually give $100 per head to the couple.

In China, people joke about using wedding to make money, or to accept bribes!
post #45381 of 54679
Looking sharp! JimmyHoffa
post #45382 of 54679
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Originally Posted by JimmyHoffa View Post
 

I am leaning slightly on the side and splaying my legs a little which has thrown the trousers off slightly. And my shirt has clearly caught on the cuff of the sleeve jacket. I am very happy with the result and it has exceeded my expectations. It is the mid-grey that Gerry suggested be part of the 'two staple suits to begin with'.

 

I was lucky - Patrick was the one that fitted me. Rem, Rob, Nick and Porter are brilliant, but Patrick 'designed' the block and was able to work adjustments accordingly. If I had the cash, I would have done a navy as well.

 

Nice suit and great fit mate. I wish my fit was this good with PJ but my weight just fluctuates too much. 

How are you finding the tie? I have the same but found it a bit too thick for summer, can't really tell from photos.

 

Also I noticed that you seem to have quite long arms!

post #45383 of 54679
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Originally Posted by wurger View Post

Doesn't your friends reimburse a lot of the funds with their cash gifts during the wedding, my friends and I usually give $100 per head to the couple.

In China, people joke about using wedding to make money, or to accept bribes!

Yes, some of them do, but in our tradition, cash gifts from friends of the bride goes back to the brides family ( which usually eventually gets back to the bride, but the groom must fork out the cash first). Secondly, these cash gifts only usually cover a part of the banquet costs only. Dress, suits, flowers, photography, cake, invitation cards, gifts for younger brother in law, gifts for grooms mates must still be paid out of pocket. Thirdly, the cash gifts are recorded, as you must return the favor when you get invited to the gifters wedding or the gifters childrens wedding.

Which probably deepens Oli's miscomprehension, but that is part of the fun.
post #45384 of 54679

Looking good MS/JH. I'm assuming you're about my age, I've been sitting here pondering, what am I doing wrong, how can MS/JH afford a PJ's suit. I then realised you probably didn't spend all your money at TOJ.

 

Last night I ordered a MTM Mackintosh from Luxire in a navy Epic Technical Fabric, should be here within four to eight weeks.

post #45385 of 54679
damn, a lot of the couples inviting me to their weddings won't be required to return the favour, since I plan to keep my wedding small.... satisfied.gif hopefully
post #45386 of 54679
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Originally Posted by wurger View Post

damn, a lot of the couples inviting me to their weddings won't be required to return the favour, since I plan to keep my wedding small.... satisfied.gif hopefully

Usually, families with extensive business/professional connections will need to invite more people. Uncles, aunties, etc. Sometimes the bride and groom do not really have much of a choice. One way to avoid these hassles is to "get married on vacation" which is roughly the Asian equivalent of eloping. Not many brides will agree to this.

And we have not even touch on the subject of dowries and prewedding customs.
post #45387 of 54679
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Originally Posted by JimmyHoffa View Post

I am leaning slightly on the side and splaying my legs a little
Leaning to the left or leaning to the right?
Abbott's education advisors want to know.
post #45388 of 54679
For those interested, a couple of shots from Dressed to Kill last week. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)






post #45389 of 54679

Lookin sharp guys.:worship:

post #45390 of 54679

Nice shots. Wish I could have attended. But my schedule changed and as it turned out, I was in Shanghai on the night.

 

I recognise Foxy and Garry, and Lennier with a hot babe, presumably either his wife or...someone his wife doesn't know about.

 

Yet.    :smarmy:

 

OK so we organised a wedding after-party in Shanghai instead. I wore Canali. Wifey sported an electric green silk gown with spaghetti straps, sweetheart neckline and flared skirt. Oh, and a fur stole.

 

 

 

Tie is Tom Ford, a dark brown knit. Sits very jauntily in the above photo I think. I was actually deep in conversation with the close-cropped guy regarding business attire, about which he knew less than he thought.

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