Katz's Deli Hosted A Wedding Reception Last Night

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Party favors. Ivanka called them "amazing!!!"
This afternoon EV Grieve posted about a party that really takes the cake, or rather, the pastrami sandwich.

A couple had their black tie wedding reception yesterday at Katz's Delicatessen. Ivanka Trump tweeted about the event including pictures of the menu and the party favors. We talked to Kevin Albinder, the manager of Katz's, who said that weddings and other such events (Bar Mitzvahs, anniversaries) aren't that unusual at Katz's. "The party we had yesterday was kind of a big party, and we were closed for a good part of the day," he said.

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Two Thirds of Single People Have Given Up on Sex (on Valentine's Day, at Least)

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Only one third of singles expect to get laid on Valentine's Day -- about the same number that Facebook stalk their exes, a new study reveals.

The survey of 515 self-identified singles, conducted by Facebook dating app Areyouinterested.com, finds that 33 percent plan on winding up in bed on what's marketed as the most commercialized romantic day of the year. (Gross.)

Apparently, singles are not deterred by blind dates -- 74 percent would totally meet up with a stranger "indicating singles are not intimidated by the romantic pressure the holiday typically brings."

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The Seasonal Ice Skating Wedding Proposals Have Begun

It's that time of year again! The time when you go to a public place with ice and skate about to cheesy piped-in tunes with your boy or girlfriend and suddenly, awash in love, rosy from the fresh air, he or she proposes. Fortunately, there is an audience of your peers to videotape and comment upon the momentous event. And fortunately, also, you say yes, because...does anyone ever say no? We want to see that video.

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Couple Marries on Mile 22 of the New York City Marathon

Perhaps you spent yesterday in your pj's, surrounded by boxes of pizza. Or maybe you put on your Saturday pants and ventured about, cheering for marathoners and throwing them bananas and bagels (be more careful next time, you could put someone's eye out!). But whatever you did, we're pretty sure you are in a very small minority if you put on your sporty/fancy wedding clothes, ran a marathon, and, in so doing, got hitched. You are in an even smaller minority if you officiated that wedding. But these people did.


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Todd Remis, Divorced in 2010, Sues Photographer to Recreate 2003 Wedding

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This statement in the New York Times makes me mad: "Of all the many things that make up a wedding, few are more important than the photographs." Perhaps the Times, writing of Manhattan man Todd Remis's lawsuit against H&H Photographers for missing the last 15 minutes, including the last dance and that horrible ritual, the bouquet toss, of his wedding in 2003, is being a bit tongue in cheek. Because Remis and his ex-wife, Milena Grzibovska, have since divorced, and Grzibovska is "believed to have moved back to her native Latvia."

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1 in 15 New York Couples Who Get Marriage Licenses Don't Go Through With It

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The New York Post has some new numbers on the state of marriage in the city, revealing that approximately one couple out of every 15 will apply for a marriage license, pay the $35 fee, and then not ever go through with getting married (or take a very long time to do it). 32,794 couples applied for licenses in the first half of 2011, and 2,132 didn't end up getting wed. This is notable because, as City Clerk Michael McSweeney said, "Normally, if you go as far as getting a marriage license, you actually get married."

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Woman Purchases World's Cheapest Wedding Dress, Might Give It to You

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As a teenager we used to play this game at the mall called "ugly dress up," in which we dressed up in the most hideous clothing we could find, which was pretty easy, given that we were at a suburban mall and it was the '90s. This is only to say that we fully understand the adult woman who goes out on rainy New York City afternoons when her college friend is in town so they can try on formal gowns together. It was during such a trip that they found a wedding dress. Which, somehow, cost $0.01.

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Scaffolding Totally Ruins Bride's Dream Wedding

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You know what they say about weddings -- something is bound to go wrong. Ideally it's not because you eat a peanut and die from anaphylactic shock, or because it turns out that your groom had an affair with your mother, though anyone with allergies and/or a certain kind of groom/mother should really watch out for that on the big day. Another terrible thing that can happen is that you can spend $1,800 to reserve the Montauk Club in Park Slope, and then the building can suddenly have scaffolding all over it at the time of your planned wedding and also, adding insult to injury, slap a port-o-john down in the yard, presumably for workers, not that your fiance's friends won't be encouraged to go there. When you try to get your money back, the club will refuse, and merely give you a discount on catering. They also may say something insensitive, like that the scaffolding will really only be visible for "a minute and a half walking up the steps."

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Calm in Queens on First Day of Gay Marriage in New York

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Desiree Bussell (in blue plaid) and Katrice Shelton (holding flowers) wed at Queens Borough Hall on Sunday.
At Queens Borough Hall yesterday morning, a city hall volunteer strode across an almost empty plaza with phone in hand to show a colleague a photo of a raucous crowd. "Manhattan!" he said, as he shook his head in disbelief and laughed. The scene at Kew Gardens on Sunday, the first day of gay marriage in New York State, was considerably calmer. After an early rush, few couples had to stand in line outside for more than several minutes before being ushered in to start paperwork.

In anticipation of Sunday, the borough had made 112 slots available for full marriages. 91 couples had applied to be married in Queens today through the lottery, and the remaining spots were opened up to other applicants. But business was slower than expected: By the end of the day, the city gave out 89 licenses and conducted 66 marriages in Queens, including a few walk-ins. Most couples seemed grateful for the quiet, no-drama pace at the Hall -- they had plans to celebrate all day with family.


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Pink Stretch Hummer Limo Proves Gays Have Equal Rights Now

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This pink stretch Hummer limousine, parked yesterday outside of the Manhattan Marriage Bureau, proves that gays have finally achieved all equal rights now*...including the right to be as tacky as straight people.

(*Well, there's still that pesky DOMA thing. But the bridge and tunnel bachelor/ette party rights are certainly covered.)

sthrasher@villagevoice.com | @steven_thrasher

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