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cruisin
05-29-2010, 06:33 PM
I do the what-not-to-wear thing myself. Not just about clothes, also overly processed hair and garish make-up. I often wonder if some people own mirrors. Or, if they do, are they magic ones?

Cyn
05-29-2010, 08:10 PM
Any time I have a mild curiosity about something, I wikipedia the hell out of it. And then I end up spending hours on wikipedia because I keep seeing links that I want to check out when reading about the topics. I do the same thing when I watch TV shows and movies - after watching a movie I always go to the Internet Movie Database to see who the actors were and any trivia about it. Maybe filming locations...

I often say that because of this I may not have extensive knowledge on many things, but I sure as hell know bits about a huge variety of things.

:rofl:

I think we may have been separated at birth, because I do exactly the same thing, all the way down to researching actors and shows on IMDB when I'm watching someting on TV :lol:

One Wiki search seemingly leads to another - sometimes after who-knows-how-many clicks, I'm often :rofl: :confused: at the path all those searches has taken me.

PDilemma
05-29-2010, 08:10 PM
I even have my husband playing the what not to wear game when we are sitting at our favorite ourdoor cafe drinking wine. He is not as snarky, but can appreciate what I have to say. Or maybe it is the wine that makes him agreeable. But seriously who would wear a prom dress with ordinary beach flip-flops. :scream:

Oh I play What Not to Wear all the time. And I also have my husband doing it which is great fun.

As for beach flip-flops and prom dresses...every prom for the last five years has featured that look on at least half the girls (I taught high school until last Friday). They don't know how to dress up properly. Still not as bad as my cousin's wife who for her wedding wore white keds with mud and grass stains "dressed up" with glittery laces. It wouldn't have been quite so bad if she had at least invested in a new and clean pair.

IceAlisa
05-29-2010, 09:26 PM
I remember someone from my own wedding which was Evening Informal (which is NOT to say casual, but rather business suit, tie and a cocktail dress) who wore a faded cotton gingham dress with those linen lace up shoes that were no longer white.

Russians are very particular about attire, especially for events like weddings and take it as a mark of disrespect from guests who are blatantly under-dressed. It's a cultural thing. I saw my mom staring at those shoes. Now we were not dealing with someone with a very limited budget--the woman is a successful attorney married to a very successful medical specialist, multiple homes.

I really like the woman. I got to know her better after the wedding. I realize she didn't mean disrespect at all but still think that wearing dirty white linen shoes and an old summer dress to a wedding is strange.

oleada
05-29-2010, 09:58 PM
I remember someone from my own wedding which was Evening Informal (which is NOT to say casual, but rather business suit, tie and a cocktail dress) who wore a faded cotton gingham dress with those linen lace up shoes that were no longer white.

Russians are very particular about attire, especially for events like weddings and take it as a mark of disrespect from guests who are blatantly under-dressed. It's a cultural thing. I saw my mom staring at those shoes. Now we were not dealing with someone with a very limited budget--the woman is a successful attorney married to a very successful medical specialist, multiple homes.

I really like the woman. I got to know her better after the wedding. I realize she didn't mean disrespect at all but still think that wearing dirty white linen shoes and an old summer dress to a wedding is strange.

I know exactly where you are coming from.

That was one of the very big cultural differences that I was shocked by. Colombian weddings are very formal affairs. People show up dressed extremely well. It would be considered quite rude and absolutely unacceptable to show up in something like that. For women, I would say it is only the elderly grandma types who even bother wearing pants - everyone else shows up in very nice, very elegant dresses.

Well, in the first American wedding I attended (my uncle's, about 7 years ago) -some of his coworkers showed up wearing jeans and a nice shirt. It was a formal wedding in the evening at a church. My entire family was like this: :eek: and couldn't stop talking about how rude it was. Now that I've been here longer, I know it isn't rude, but I still can't imagine showing up at a wedding in jeans or even shorts, like some people did at a wedding I went to recently. Even kids wearing shorts would not be OK by me at all.

Tinami Amori
05-29-2010, 10:21 PM
I know exactly where you are coming from.

That was one of the very big cultural differences that I was shocked by.

I guess you have not yet been to an American wedding where they serve food on paper plates with plastic silverware ...... :rofl:

IceAlisa
05-29-2010, 10:27 PM
I guess you have not yet been to an American wedding where they serve food on paper plates with plastic silverware ...... :rofl:

I have been to an American wedding where turkey wraps from Costco and a Costco carrot cake were served. On paper plates. Again, funds were not an issue.

A whole group of us guests (non-Russians) met for dinner before the wedding anticipating the Costco wraps. Not that I mind them per se at say, work lunch. But at a wedding? Yes, I am a wedding snob.

And you don't have to spend a lot to have a beautiful wedding as my good friend had demonstrated last summer. Their wedding cost within 5 grand which is amazingly cheap for North Cal and it was gorgeous. And the food was amazing. It required a lot of creativity and research but it was one of the most memorable weddings I've been to.

oleada
05-29-2010, 10:27 PM
I guess you have not yet been to an American wedding where they serve food on paper plates with plastic silverware ...... :rofl:

I have actually. :shuffle: Same as the one with the shorts. But the one that took the cake was the one of a friend of a friend (I didn't attend), which was a bring your own lawn chair affair at the local park.

Culture shock doesn't even begin to cover it. :eek:

ETA: Wedding snob here too, I guess.

Tinami Amori
05-29-2010, 10:57 PM
Yes, I am a wedding snob.

You are not a snob.:)
P.S. You and your hubby MUST join the Concordia Club..... start by Levi Strauss. There is a lot of "levi" in that club and events are a) interesting and b) elegant.
http://www.concordia-argonaut.com/

mmscfdcsu
05-29-2010, 11:02 PM
When I go out for an evening walk, I play the "you have to buy one of the next ffive houses game" :o Just judging from the outside of the house and the yard, I have to pick out a house that I like from every five houses.

Tinami Amori
05-29-2010, 11:13 PM
When I go out for an evening walk, I play the "you have to buy one of the next ffive houses game" :o Just judging from the outside of the house and the yard, I have to pick out a house that I like from every five houses.

And you must be a fan of "House Hunters/HH International"....:lol:

mmscfdcsu
05-29-2010, 11:15 PM
And you must be a fan of "House Hunters/HH International"....:lol:

Nope. I don't know what that is. If it is a television show, I don't have a television. :shuffle: I've been doing this for many years.

Tinami Amori
05-29-2010, 11:21 PM
Nope. I don't know what that is. If it is a television show, I don't have a television. :shuffle: I've been doing this for many years.

It is a US TV cable channel show. I think there are similar ones in other countries.

A person/family is ready to buy a property in USA or in another country. There is an agent. He/she offers them 3 properties to choose from. All three properties are chosen in a specified geographic location, and are based on requirements and price limit given by the buyer(s). At the end of the show the buyer(s) select(s) one property out of 3 and buy(s) it.

cruisin
05-29-2010, 11:34 PM
I guess I'm a wedding snob as well. I have never, ever been to a wedding where people were not dressed up - men in suits (with ties), women in dresses. The only wedding I ever went to that was not in a beautiful formal setting was one I went to DC for (I talked about it in another thread) where my friend got married in the Mormon Tabernacle and none of us could go in. But that whole wedding was :eek:. I'm Italian and Italians also have big fancy weddings.

I think weddings can be very different depending on where you live. I know that weddings in the north east tend to be very big and formal. I've heard that they tend to be less formal in the south. In some areas it's common to just serve cake/desert at receptions. in the north east they're full cocktail hours, sit down dinners, extensive desert/cordial tables.

numbers123
05-30-2010, 12:56 AM
everytime we have a thread that drifts to the wedding theme, there are wedding snobs that appear.

I would always dress in a nice dress or slacks for a wedding, but not everyone does and if the invitation isn't specific on what would be considered improper attire then you should expect that people have their own dress code rules.

I am fairly certain that many of you would be insulted to be invited to a wedding of my family members - it wouldn't require formal evening wear, wouldn't allow you to have a full open bar or an elegant sit down meal. And right now I am sunburnt so am irritable and really not willing to hear how trashy I am because of that.