'Wedding Anniversaries 607
were assembled, when the pair might enter the room together to the music of a wedding-march on the piano.
Or the bride may with all propriety receive her guests seated in a chair which may be transformed into a floral throne, after the manner of carriages at a flower parade. A wicker chair is easily decorated. The groom would probably prefer liberty to ease, and after standing near his wife for a time would mingle with the guests.
The bride probably may no longer wear her wedding-dress, but it might be upon exhibition, or perhaps some fresh young granddaughter might, in wearing it, personate the bride of fifty years ago. With a coiffure like that in vogue at the time of the marriage, she would doubtless look quaint and pretty, and have no more hearty admirers than the aged groom and the gentle bride, to whose grandmotherly heart the sight will bring no tinge of jealousy.
Music, from a small orchestra screened by palms, would add much to the festal effect, and if such old ballads as "Ah, believe me if all these endearing young charms," "John Anderson," and others that have tender associations for the bride and groom, were played, it would add peculiar interest to the music.
On such an occasion the heart of every guest worthy to be present should echo Tiny Tim's famous toast, " God bless us, every one!" At the close, all might join in singing "Auld Lang Syne."
A recent celebration of a fiftieth wedding anniversary was given as a lawn-party. The carriages and carryalls that met the guests at the station to convey them to the house were distinguished from other equipages in that each driver's whip was tied with a bow of orange satin ribbon. The aged couple were seated side by side upon wicker chairs, which had been decked as before