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What's a well-wisher to do? Throwing rice at a bridal couple is considered bad for the birds who'll eat it up later, and birdseed is considered messy. Not to worry. The Associated Network Inc. of Lancaster, N.Y., has a new way to send off the bride and groom -- with wedding bells. Gold jingle bells are attached to a card that explains (in a poem) their use. Place the bell/cards in a pretty basket or other receptacle and have each guest take one set as he exits the reception or ceremony. When the couple takes off for their honeymoon, the crowd jingles the bells. The bells can also be used as a reception favor and rung to entreat the newlyweds to kiss. "Ring a Wish" bell/cards are available in a 75-count carton, which retails for $45 to $49, or in a white wicker, 75-count basket draped in tulle, which retails for $55 to $65. Call (716) 681-6483 for the retailer nearest you.
You can have a standard, ho-hum marriage certificate or you can have an elegant Victorian-style certificate with professional calligraphy by Bel Air resident Jeannie M. Rigler. The certificates, which also are available for births and baptisms, are $22.50. To receive a brochure, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Cardsend and Calligraphy, P.O. Box 921, Bel Air, Md. 21014. Or call (410) 638-1691.
Dances for the Big Day
If you dread wedding receptions for fear of the dance floor, consider taking the Wedding Survival Course offered by Towson Dance Studio. While instructors there don't promise to turn you into Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers, they will "exchange your two left feet for a fairly serviceable left-right set." You'll learn what to listen for in dance music, as well as how to do three of the most popular wedding dances: the waltz, fox trot and the swing (or jitterbug, as it's sometimes called). Classes are held Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. A new session begins each month. The cost is $60 per person for four 1 1/2-hour classes, $55 with pre-registration, $45 if you register with another couple. Call (410) 828-6116.
Pub Date: 6/02/96