24th June 2001
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That perfect wedding memento

By Nedra Wickremesinghe
Every bride's wish is to plan a wedding that is special, that will stand out from the others. 

A wedding to remember and one the guests will enjoy, should be one of the aims when organizing a reception. Needless to say small yet exclusive weddings are the best and they make it easier to implement the little 'details' that make all the difference. 

For instance, often, in appreciation of the gift the couple receives, a printed "thank you" note awaits the guests at the table. This gesture somehow, is impersonal, so if you would really like to show your appreciation to your guests for gracing the occasion - giving a 'thank you for coming' memento is a nice thought. These thoughtful mementos from the couple to the guests can be a real crowd-pleaser and will help establish the mood of the event. They can be given to each guest on arrival at the reception or be placed on the guest's plate at the table. 

This personalized gesture may sound extravagant - but for a couple who want to have an intimate wedding with a chosen few, it will certainly make their event a memorable one.

Some suggestions for wedding favours:

1. For a reception at a beach wedding, a monogrammed tote bag with hand towel and toiletries.

2. One-of-a-kind souvenirs like a monogrammed pair of whisky tumblers. 

3. Gift box of hand-made chocolates or sugar-coated almonds in organdie sachets.

4. Gift-wrapped scented candles. 

By Yvonne Gulamhusein
The Sri Lanka United Kingdom Society celebrated the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II at the Hilton Hotel, Colombo last week. A large and distinguished gathering of loyal members and guests attended the function.

The chief guest was British High Commissioner Linda Duffield, while guest of honour was Kingsley T. Wickremaratne, Advisor on International Trade to The President.

President of the Society Derrick Juriansz welcomed the guests. Toasts were drunk to The Queen and The President of Sri Lanka. The programme commenced with a pre-dinner Social. There were raffle draws and one exceptional gift was a cricket bat, autographed by the entire English team. Dancing concluded the evening.

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