TALE OF TWO WEDDINGS
In the next six months, my son, daughter,
grandson are all getting married.
Our family is
spread across Ontario and the United
so I'm thankful to be living in the
generation. Wedding plans without
advantage of the Internet and email
be a long, difficult process.
To get my point across, let's visit
of Miss Modern and Miss Pre-Computer
they prepare for their special days:
Miss Modern has an idea of the venue
would like for her wedding and spends
evening researching on the Internet.
looks at pictures of different halls,
with prices, menus, and features
included. After deciding on three
possibilities, she emails to ask
would be available on the wedding
One hall is booked, so Miss M. and
fiance will go to see both halls
a final decision. Communication and
changes are done by email.
Miss M. designs a database for her
list. Additions and changes are easily
Invitations are created using special
wedding software and elegant blank
Easy, attractive and inexpensive.
Again using the database and a signature
font, Miss M. creates mailing labels
transparent labels) for 200 people
than an hour. To create personalized
cards, she uses mail merge and the
inserts names on each card.
A relative in another country would
photos of the couple for a special
gift. Using a digital camera, the
are taken and emailed in plenty of
for the gift to be made.
There are constant questions from
guests about accommodation nearby,
is everyone wearing, what do the
couple need? Emails answer many of
questions and guests are given a
for the bridal registry. Items still
are listed here, can be purchased
leaving home and will be delivered
reception. This is a big help to
coming from a distance.
Miss Modern relaxes while she and
future husband look at honeymoon
- on the Internet of course!
Miss Pre- Computer, on the other
has had a headache for days. Too
things to do and not enough time.
After weekends spent looking at
various halls, she and her fiance
take it any longer and book the next
one they visit.
The guest list has been typed out,
some important people were missed
there are duplicates on the list.
Pre-C is not a fast typist when she's
stressed, so has to re-do the 200
list a number of times before it's
Her days are constantly interrupted
phone calls from guests with questions
about the wedding. The long distance
bill is growing every day.
A friend recommends a good printer
for invitations, but he is out of
and another search begins.
The invitations are beautiful, so
Miss Pre-C begins addressing the
200 envelopes. Never praised for
her handwriting, the last of the
envelopes is barely readable. She
decides to try again tomorrow.
Relatives need pictures of the couple
for a special gift. The photos are
mailed and after frantic calls to
post office, are finally delivered,
late to use.
More long distance calls so gifts
A frantic call from Gramma at the
Customs officials are questioning
are taking apart the gifts. Through
tears, Gramma explains that the 50
had been individually wrapped.
Miss Pre-C takes a deep breath and
P.S. If you still need convincing,
met his future bride on the Internet!
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