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Groom forbids guests from having ‘dyed hair, visible tattoos, or piercings’ at white tie wedding

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A groomzilla has revealed that he and his bride-to-be are facing backlash from their friends and family for demanding a white tie wedding where guests are forbidden from having unnaturally dyed hair, visible tattoos, or piercings. 

In the shocking Reddit post, the 29-year-old man admitted that they want their guests to be formally dressed for their wedding shoot because they spent a large amount of money on their photographer. 

Not only did they warn one of their mothers that she can’t wear the ‘cocktail’ style dress she had her eye on, but they also told a family friend she wasn’t allowed to bring flat shoes to change into. 

Bold: A 29-year-old groom has revealed he and his bride-to-be have forbidden guests from having 'unnaturally dyed hair, visible tattoos, or piercings' at their white tie wedding

Bold: A 29-year-old groom has revealed he and his bride-to-be have forbidden guests from having ‘unnaturally dyed hair, visible tattoos, or piercings’ at their white tie wedding 

The man explained at the start of the post that he and his 24-year-old fiancée are getting married in September after months of planning, but they have been having trouble with their dress code.   

‘One thing we are really looking forward to is our wedding shoot,’ he wrote. ‘We have spent a large amount of our own money on a photographer, who we hired after weeks of research and shopping recommendations. 

‘The photographer is highly, highly sought after in our area and we were lucky to book him last year in advance. So naturally we are taking this seriously.’

The groom said that they ‘have been very clear start that the dress code will be fully enforced’ without any exceptions. 

White tie is the most formal evening dress code and tends to be reserved for royal, state, or livery ceremonies, balls, or banquets. Men are required to wear a white bow tie, a white waistcoat, and evening tailcoats, while women don full-length gowns and evening gloves. 

‘The invitations we sent explicitly told our guests what we’d be expecting from them (white tie, no unnaturally dyed hair, no visible tattoos or piercings) and that they were free to decline the invitation if they had a problem with this,’ he explained. 

‘We also sent everybody who RSVP’d a reminder over email several weeks ago repeating this instruction.’ 

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Backlash: So far, they've told one of their mothers she can't wear the 'cocktail' style dress she had her eye on and forbid a family friend from wearing flats, which many said was 'ableist'

Backlash: So far, they’ve told one of their mothers she can’t wear the ‘cocktail’ style dress she had her eye on and forbid a family friend from wearing flats, which many said was ‘ableist’ 

He said everything was ‘going fine’ until one of their mothers took to Facebook to post a picture of the ‘cocktail’ style dress she wanted to wear on their wedding day.   

‘Of course this isn’t included in our dress code, so we informed her right away that the dress would be unacceptable,’ he said. ‘Another woman (a family friend) asked if she could bring flat shoes to change into after the ceremony, and again we directed her to the “white tie” instructions. 

‘Unfortunately, this has caused a lot of unnecessary drama throughout both our families and even some friends.’

The man said both sets of parents, cousins, siblings, and ‘many more people’ have all messaged them privately to ask them to be more flexible with their dress code — and they refused.  

‘This isn’t happening, so we have just pointed to our ‘white tie only’ policy and told them they accepted the rules when they RSVP’d,’ he said.  

‘In our opinion, while wearing knee-length dresses and suits (rather than a tux) might be appropriate for “day to day life,” they will doubtlessly look out of place at a wedding that is supposed to be fully formal.’

The groom stressed that they are hosting a private event and are able to set the rules, noting that he has always complied with the wishes of the marrying couple when he attended weddings in the past.    

‘Since we made this clear, we’ve been called a**holes by people around us. However, in our opinion, this is our wedding and we’ve been clear about our preferences all along,’ he said. 

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Confused? Critics agreed that he had gone too far, while some questioned if he even knows what a white tie dress code entails

Confused? Critics agreed that he had gone too far, while some questioned if he even knows what a white tie dress code entails 

‘We have even told our guests that if anyone has a problem with this, they are free to drop out (even though we will still be paying for their seats now) and not attend.’ 

The man later returned to the post to note that he — not his fiancée — had written the submission. 

‘Just so you know, everyone shouting “bridezilla” is being very sexist,’ he said. ‘I am the man in this relationship, and while my fiancée and I agree on this issue entirely, I am the one who posted this submission.’

Regardless of who had written the post, many agreed that he and his bride-to-be were in the wrong for a number of reasons, many of which have nothing to do with wanting a white tie wedding. 

‘White tie in a non white tie crowd is an a**hole move,’ one person commented. ‘Insisting on strictly enforcing it is even more so. It’s one thing for people who regularly go to such events, and another if you require people to buy a whole new expensive outfit just for your wedding. 

‘No one who regularly attends such events would actually not know this. You tailor your event to fit your crowd, not the other way around.’

‘Requiring heels is incredibly ableist on top of sexist (and if floor length gowns are a must, who would even notice flats under the dress?) and some guests may not feel comfortable disclosing health concerns that prevent wearing them for a full night,’ someone else commented.

Others weren’t even sure if the knew what white tie meant or what they are really asking of their wedding guests.   

‘White tie is evening wear so unless they are having an evening ceremony it’s weird that the ceremony was even mentioned,’ one person pointed out. ‘If you go to a white tie wedding you are expected to wear morning dress during the day and change into white tie for the evening.’

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Suspect taken into custody for ‘sending a deadly poison RICIN package to Donald Trump’

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A suspect has been taken into custody for allegedly sending a package containing the poison ricin to Donald Trump. 

The package addressed to the president was intercepted by law enforcement earlier this week.

All packages addressed to the White House are sorted and screened at a secure offsite facility prior to delivery. 

Two law enforcement sources told CNN that two tests were done to confirm the presence of ricin.

The envelope to the White House was caught at the final offsite processing facility where mail is screened before being sent to the White House mail room. 

Investigators believe that it was sent from Canada, a law enforcement official told the New York Times

The Secret Service has intercepted a package addressed to Trump containing deadly ricin

The Secret Service has intercepted a package addressed to Trump containing deadly ricin

Ricin is a highly potent toxin derived from castor beans, and is extremely lethal if inhaled or injected, but less so if ingested. Inhaling a dose the size of a few grains of salt can be lethal to adults. 

‘The F.B.I. and our U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Postal Inspection Service partners are investigating a suspicious letter received at a U.S. government mail facility,’ the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement to the Times. ‘At this time, there is no known threat to public safety.’ 

Deadly ricin has previously been used to target American politicians through the mail.

In 2014, actress Shannon Richardson, who appeared on The Walking Dead, was convicted of sending envelopes containing ricin addressed to then President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

She was sentenced to 18 years in prison. 

All packages addressed to the White House are sorted and screened at a secure offsite facility prior to delivery

All packages addressed to the White House are sorted and screened at a secure offsite facility prior to delivery

Ricin was also featured in a multi-season plot arc in the television series Breaking Bad, which inspired several real-life criminal schemes involving the poison.

In 2014, Georgetown University student Daniel Milzman pleaded guilty to a federal charge after a bag of ricin was found in his dorm room. 

Prosecutors say he had planned to use it on another student he had formerly been in a relationship with. He was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison. 

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Whitehall cash haul! Number of mandarins on at least £100,000 pay surges by 15% in just 12 months

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The number of Whitehall mandarins on £100,000 or more has gone up by 15 per cent in just 12 months.

Official figures show a record 1,560 civil servants are paid at least three times the national average salary.

The exclusive club has increased by 200 in the past year alone – almost doubling in a decade.

Ian Booth, left, pictured here with Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, is the best-paid civil servant in Government, raking in a £275,000 salary as well as a £180,000 bonus as head of the Ministry of Defence¿s submarine delivery agency. Former Brexit Minister Steve Baker said the civil service needs good people, but also needs realistic pay. 'Most of my constituents would think £50,000 a year is an enormous amount of money, never mind £150,000. They would be astonished to learn that their taxes are paying more than 1,500 civil servants that amount.' (file photo)

Ian Booth, left, pictured here with Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, is the best-paid civil servant in Government, raking in a £275,000 salary as well as a £180,000 bonus as head of the Ministry of Defence’s submarine delivery agency. Former Brexit Minister Steve Baker said the civil service needs good people, but also needs realistic pay. ‘Most of my constituents would think £50,000 a year is an enormous amount of money, never mind £150,000. They would be astonished to learn that their taxes are paying more than 1,500 civil servants that amount.’ (file photo)

At the same time the austerity years saw the wages of nurses, teachers and police officers frozen.

Twenty civil servants are on more than £200,000, twice the number just three years ago. 

The best-paid, Ian Booth, who heads the Ministry of Defence’s submarine delivery agency, landed a £180,000 bonus on top of his £275,000 salary.

Richard Holden MP, who worked on Boris Johnson’s leadership campaign and sits on the public accounts committee, said: ‘With six-figure salaries shooting up and work from home the norm – it’s clear the civil service are increasingly out of touch with the public and going against the clear instructions of the Government.

‘It’s time for the senior leadership of the civil service to shape up or ship out sharpish.’

Former Brexit minister Steve Baker said: ‘We do need great people in the civil service but we’ve got to be realistic about their pay.’

Ruth Todd, commercial director at the submarine delivery agency, is paid up to £229,999, making her the highest paid female civil servant. A Government spokesman said last night: ¿The civil service deals with complex issues and needs to attract, recruit, retain and motivate highly skilled individuals and sometimes it is appropriate to pay higher salaries.' (file photo)

Ruth Todd, commercial director at the submarine delivery agency, is paid up to £229,999, making her the highest paid female civil servant. A Government spokesman said last night: ‘The civil service deals with complex issues and needs to attract, recruit, retain and motivate highly skilled individuals and sometimes it is appropriate to pay higher salaries.’ (file photo)

‘Most of my constituents would think £50,000 a year is an enormous amount of money, never mind £150,000. They would be astonished to learn that their taxes are paying more than 1,500 civil servants that amount.

‘The sheer scale of top pay in the civil service demonstrates the importance of decentralising power and privatising functions – we just can’t afford all of this government.’

The figures were released without publicity by the Cabinet Office over the summer. At the end of March, 6,450 employees were at ‘senior civil service’ level, up from 4,300 five years earlier.

Their median salary stands at £81,440 – three times the average across all ranks of £28,180.

Analysis by the Daily Mail reveals the extent of wage growth at the very top since March 2010. Back then 917 civil servants were on more than £100,000.

As the Coalition imposed swingeing budget cuts this fell to 720 in 2013. But in the past few years the trend has reversed, to 1,360 last year and 1,560 this March. 

Boris ‘worried’ about money? Friends claim £150,000 is not enough for the Prime Minister

Boris Johnson's friends claim he's finding it tough to live on his £150,000 salary.

Boris Johnson’s friends claim he’s finding it tough to live on his £150,000 salary.

Boris Johnson may have been trying to lose the pounds lately… but not the ones sitting in his bank.

The Prime Minister is ‘worried’ about money, according to his friends.

As a backbench MP, with a newspaper column earning him £275,000 and lucrative speaking engagements, he was taking home at least £350,000 a year.

But now that he is Prime Minister, he has seen his income drop by more than half to £150,000.

He is supporting four of his six children and has been through a costly divorce.

The use of the Downing Street flat he shares with his fiancee, Carrie Symonds is taxed as a benefit in kind.

Food sent up from the Downing Street kitchen has to be paid for.

And if the couple want to have friends stay at Chequers then they get a bill from the Government.

One friend told The Times: ‘Boris, like other prime ministers, is very, very badly served… He doesn’t have a housekeeper, he has a single cleaner and they’re worried about being able to afford a nanny.

‘He’s stuck in the flat and Downing Street is not a nice place to live.

‘It’s not like the Elysee or the White House where you can get away from it all because they’re so big. Even if he or Carrie want to go into the rose garden they have to go through the office.’

Another friend added: ‘He’s always worried about money, he has a genuine need to provide for his family, all of them, and I think that does worry him.’

Sources said it was untrue he was worried and complaining about money.

 

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Separate figures published by the Cabinet Office identified the recipients of the biggest pay packets. In the same bracket as Mr Booth – up to £284,999 – was Sir Simon Bollom, an ex-RAF officer who heads MoD equipment and support. Next was Crawford Falconer who is the chief trade negotiation adviser.

The New Zealander was handed a rise last year to take his salary close to £269,999.

The highest-paid female mandarin was Ruth Todd, commercial director at the submarine delivery agency. She pocketed up to £229,999. 

Three senior officials at the much-criticised quango Public Health England were paid more than £200,000 last year. Former Cabinet minister and Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith said those working for the Prime Minister should not be paid more than his £150,000.

But a Government spokesman said last night: ‘The civil service deals with complex issues and needs to attract, recruit, retain and motivate highly skilled individuals and sometimes it is appropriate to pay higher salaries.

‘Ensuring taxpayer value for money is paramount, which is why cases for salaries above £150,000… require the approval of the Chief Secretary to the Treasury.’ 

There is also concern that well-paid chiefs of government departments are still working from home while also saving thousands on commuting costs.

Mr Johnson’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings has warned that ‘a hard rain is coming’ because the pandemic exposed ‘fundamental problems in the Whitehall machine’.

He has already forced out five mandarins, including Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill. 

Mr Cummings has just moved from No 10 to a ‘mission control centre’ in the Cabinet Office with a handful of aides. 

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Sort out testing… or else: Teaching union warns Government schools could be forced to close again

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Schools could be forced to close unless the Government takes emergency measures, a teaching union warned yesterday.

In a fresh threat, the National Education Union told Boris Johnson that he should not take support for wider reopening of schools ‘for granted’.

The NEU has written to the Prime Minister demanding that children and staff be made a ‘high priority’ for testing.

Students at St Columba's High School, Gourock are seen lining up to disinfect their hands. The union was accused of attempting to block children¿s gradual return to school before the summer holidays

Students at St Columba’s High School, Gourock are seen lining up to disinfect their hands. The union was accused of attempting to block children’s gradual return to school before the summer holidays

The Government should ‘move towards asymptomatic testing of staff and older pupils’ and reduce class sizes to minimise Covid transmission and ‘avoid rota operation wherever possible’, it said.

The union also suggests the creation of socially distanced ‘Nightingale Schools as well as Nightingale Hospitals’.

The letter says that coronavirus cases could ‘return us to March levels within a few weeks if urgent action is not taken’.

Joint NEU general secretaries Dr Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney say: ‘The situation is markedly worse in some localities and we and our members are disturbed that 44 districts are now on your intervention list.’

The NEU has previously warned ministers it must be informed of all school outbreaks if lessons are to continue across the country. Students are pictured above at the King Edward VI High School for Girls in Birmingham

The NEU has previously warned ministers it must be informed of all school outbreaks if lessons are to continue across the country. Students are pictured above at the King Edward VI High School for Girls in Birmingham

Referring to the infection rate R number, they add: ‘We hope that you will be able to get this situation under control quickly but, if you cannot, then we believe that you will have to take steps to reduce wider school opening in these areas to help get R below 1.

‘School leaders, teachers and support staff have supported the wider opening for all pupils and worked hard to make it as safe as possible, but you cannot, and must not, take this support for granted.’

The NEU has previously warned ministers it must be informed of all school outbreaks if lessons are to continue across the country.

The union was accused of attempting to block children’s gradual return to school before the summer holidays.

In May, the union attracted huge criticism when footage emerged of NEU leaders discussing how to ‘threaten’ head teachers who backed plans for a phased return to the classroom from June 1.

The comments were made in Zoom meetings for thousands of NEU members, recorded on May 14, and posted on the union’s YouTube account.

Students in Doncaster are pictured wearing masks. In a fresh threat, the National Education Union told Boris Johnson that he should not take support for wider reopening of schools ¿for granted¿

Students in Doncaster are pictured wearing masks. In a fresh threat, the National Education Union told Boris Johnson that he should not take support for wider reopening of schools ‘for granted’

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