Dear Michael: Destination weddings and the economy
My neighbor never leaves her house. She’s fat, and her dog died. She has her groceries and wine delivered. She used to go out to walk her dog, but when her dog died, she got fatter. I feel bad; I want to help her out. I really like her; she’s a great neighbor, always keeping to herself. Is there anything I can do?
I suggest going to Michael’s crafts and getting her a book on quilting and some fabric. You might as well get a quilt out of it. Better yet, get her a paint-by-numbers book. If you want to help her out, why don’t you get her a new dog and a book on dieting? Then she will get out of the house and walk the dog, and learn how to lose her extra weight with her dieting book. Who knows, maybe she’ll find a boyfriend or two.
Your Diva Michael
I have been invited to a wedding that is being held in Newport, R.I. I’m really excited, except for the fact the ceremony is being held at 2 p.m. and the reception isn’t until 6 p.m. that night. What the heck were they thinking planning the reception so much later? How do I dress for this? I have no hotel room, and I can’t go home to get changed. How am I supposed to dress in daytime and evening attire at once?
Too bad you couldn’t change in a phone booth like Superman. Don’t worry; a simple black shift with 3⁄4 length sleeves can be transformed from a day to night look with different accessories. Just pack two bags – one bag for the day and one for the evening.
In the daytime bag, pack a neutral pallet; use bronzer and wear bone shoes with a squash heel and simple accessories. For the evening, choose a bright colorful pallet with bold eye shadow and blush over existing foundation. You can do that in the rearview mirror. Don’t forget another layer of mascara!
Quickly change the shoes to a spike heel with a pointy toe. Wear rhinestone earrings and maybe evening gloves. Spray a little Kenra hairspray and tease those bangs. Presto! Eveningwear. There’s no dilemma in that. Have a great time. Don’t forget to catch the bouquet. You never know who’s going to slide a garter on you.
Your Diva Michael
My niece has decided to have a destination wedding in Florida. I don’t think I can go because of the economy these days. My husband was laid off from work, and we are trying to live off of just my income. So money is pretty tight right now for my family. How do I say no?
I know I’m not the only one suffering from these economic issues, so I don’t see how my niece would expect all of her friends and family members to attend. She is my favorite niece, but I do have a budget to keep track of. So if I don’t go, what am I obligated to do for a gift? Do you think it would be a good idea to suggest having a reception for when she returns to celebrate with those who were unable to attend?
We’ve all lost sight of what a wedding is. A wedding is to support the union between your niece and her soon-to-be husband. Guests are invited to help support the union during difficult times and to encourage the vows that they took. Your love for your niece will be enough to help support their union throughout your lifetime.
If financial restraints keep you from attending this wedding, explain to her that you have all the love in your heart for her, but not the money in your pocketbook to attend the wedding. As far as throwing her a reception after the fact for those people who could not attend the wedding, I see nothing wrong with that. But may I suggest you run it by your niece for her blessing.
Your Diva Michael
Michael Serode is the owner/operator of Salon Serode in Pembroke, Mass., and your divine advice columnist. Send questions to email@example.com.