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stamped with the interlaced initials of bride and groom and the guests' names written in silver ink.
Or large rose-petals made of Bristol-board and tinted the shade of American beauty roses make a good background for silver lettering, and are more artistic than the usual place-cards.
The hostess may be gowned in silver-gray if her wedding attire is not available, and a bow of silver ribbon in the hair that time has silvered might be worn in recognition of the day.
Only relatives and intimate friends send gifts, and it is considered to be in good taste to intimate upon the invitations that it is requested that no presents be sent.
For entertainment, only music, recitations, tableaux, or something in the nature of a performance, will probably interest a company of mature men and women.
The music from a small orchestra may give only selections of famous love-songs, wedding-marches, and joyous, heart-thrilling harmonies. An accompaniment of silver bells would be effective. The recitations may easily adhere to selections in which love and marriage form the theme, and for tableaux scenes of courtship may be given exclusively—John Alden and Priscilla, Romeo and Juliet, Othello and Desdemona, Zekel and Huldy from Lowell's "New England Courtship."
"Zekel crept up quite unbeknown
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And there sat Huldy all alone With no one nigh to hinder."
When the Mikado celebrated his silver wedding, it marked an era in the civilisation of Japan and of the treatment of women in that country. He sent gifts to