(Closed) did you know….

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 17
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I heard that you tell the groom congratulations for managing to get such a prize to say yes, and best wishes to the bride for having to put up with the groom for the duration of the marriage!  It was somewhat tongue-in-cheek but I thought it was cute and funny 🙂

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee

This totally reminds me of Jasmine’s statement in Aladdin: “I am not a prize to be won!”

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I read this in an etiquette book a couple of years ago and it made me laugh out loud. I say congratulations. I feel like ‘best wishes’ can come across as kind of saying ‘well, good luck!’. I don’t know, maybe I’m the odd one.

Post # 22
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I do not understand this. When I congratulate a bride…it is not because of that!

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve not heard of this. People have said the phrase “Congratulations on your marriage.” which to me sounds pleasant enough, as though we’ve won each other so to speak.

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’ve been on the planet over half a century and NEVER heard that one!

Post # 25
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Yes. That’s why I always post “best wishes” when newly engaged bees post their news. I am glad to see your post, however, as I am always wondering if everyone knew WHY I was posting that! 🙂

Post # 26
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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@aspasia475:  :). I always enjoy your posts!

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have heard this once from an elderly co-worker, but I figure that one person in 300 mentioning it probably means that I don’t need to worry about it. :p

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Haha that’s a good one. Of course I think my Fiance won a “prize” with me…:). But I definitely say congratulations to brides all the time! 

Post # 29
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I had never heard that before either. Maybe because “Congratulations” implies something that has past already successfully like a promotion for work, or buying a new home. I think that Best Wishes would be more appropriate because its more of a journey that the couple is embarking on.

Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

An older lady at the church I’m marrying in said that to us and then had to explain. I thought it was pretty funny.

Though I think any more, the tradition is to say “Congradulations! Oops! I mean, best wishes! Hee hee hee.” As none of these ladies ever seem to remember to say it “correctly” the first time… though I think deep down they just like to explain it to people 😉

I def. never heard it before I was engaged tho… I think it’s a dying art. 

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