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1960s Weddings & Showers
A new policy is now in effect for weddings to be submitted for publication in The News women's pages.
RETRO-SPECTIVE THE DECADES PAST:
Romance, Dating and Marriage in the 1960s
Are You A Swinger?
The 1960s were a boon to singles. The baby boomers were coming of age and for many, marriage could be put off for a few years in order to enjoy the single life and have a bit of a whirl. Thus was born the swinger.
The free market happily obliged this new phenomenon with an abundance of "Singles-Only" activities, entertainment and even places to live. Singles apartment complexes began to spring up (starting in California and moving east, natch.)
It seems the first such singles enclaves were the South Bay Club in Torrance (every one of its 248 apartment units were rented before construction was even completed), the 130-unit Friday Apartments in North Torrance, the 200-unit Friday Sylmar in Sylmar and the 143-unit Friday U.S.A. in South Torrance.
These joints catered to the 21 - 40 year old-employed-in-respectable-white-collar-jobs crowd (average income a whopping $8,000 per year...yeah I know....1960s dollars.) And, as the "Cool Swingers" ad says, many employed social directors to come up with fun excuses for boy to meet girl.
If you got married, you were history. Different times.
Nevertheless, men still popped the question, and women still said "yes", assuming of course, the man produced an engagement ring, diamond engagement ring, bien sûr!
Love American Style circa 1960
Las Vegas was honeymoon destination of Mr. and Mrs. Armound Rubert Meyer (Georgia Pauline Johnson) who spoke their vows in a double ring ceremony performed by the Rev. Elmer Klenk of First Lutheran Church of Van Nuys.
... the bride chose a floor length gown of French lace over
white satin embroidered with seed pearls and star sequins. Her fingertip
veil was attached to a crown of seed pearls and sequins and she carried
a bouquet of white orchids and stephanotis.
Then, came the
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Display Of Wedding Gifts
When wedding plans are made give some thought to the delicate subject of what you'll do with the wedding gifts. A mother of a June bride-to-be asked me what current attitudes are on the display of wedding gifts and for the answer I checked with a top-notch bridal consultant, Norma Black.
Some customs are changing. Many mothers of this year's brides were married in wartime in small and extremely simple weddings; displays and fancy receptions were not feasible or desirable. We can also remember the gala weddings of prewar days when gifts were displayed like so much loot with cards attached and sometimes even the wrappings.
The gift display has not gone out of style, says Miss Black, but more effort is directed towards shelving presents harmoniously and in good taste. Growing in favor is the trousseau tea, she says. This is given by the bride's mother for relatives and friends and is the only opportunity for them to see all the gifts.
If the reception is given at home, gifts may be displayed at the time in a separate room. When the reception is held in a public place, gifts may be shown to friends in the home a few days prior to the wedding day. In any event, displays are always at the home, never in a public reception hall.
If space allows, all gifts should be shown. In limited space, show gifts from close relatives and friends. When duplicates have been received, only one of the items need he displayed.
Do not include gift cards or wrappings in the arrangement of presents. If checks are shown - and this is a matter of choice the amounts should be covered, although this will work a hardship The ladies who enjoy comparing who gives what and how much.
The arrangement itself reflects the taste of the family, Miss Black believes. White or ecru linens should cover the tables and decorations (candles, flowers, etc.) used sparingly. An easy rule to remember is that a well-balanced display needs a high and a low point. Group in one place items that will bę used together. Show just a few pieces from tableware sets.
For example, if the bride's parents have given her the traditional sterling silver flatware, show just one place setting, Arrange the sterling in a place setting with pieces of her china and crystal surrounded by serving pieces which will be used with them.
Other types of wedding gifts such as kitchen appliances, household items and linens can be arranged in attractive individual groupings at one end of the display table or on separate tables.
Because a wedding gift display is a concentration of highly desirable items, I would consult local police officials about safety precautions.
Sunday, April 29, 1962 - Kingsport Times-News - Kingsport, Tennessee
Brides of the 1960s
Young couple, both graduates of San Fernando High School, will reside in Canoga Park following their Santa Barbara honeymoon. 1964
Lynn G. was maid of honor and bridal attendants included Gail Entrekin, Mmes. John Turquand, John Coughlan and Robert Campbell. Flower girl was Becky R. Serving as best man was John Turquand and seating guests were Stan and Ronald Ramage, Charles Pisciotla and Steve Anderson. Ring bearer was Jimmy Coughlan. Two hundred and fifty guests were present at a reception hosted by the bride's parents and the newlywed couple left immediately afterward for their wedding trip to San Francisco and the bay area. They will be at home in Canoga Park after Oct. 15. 1964
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