Stan’s advice on wedding plans

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Time flies. We just celebrated New Year’s Eve, and already June is upon us.

The sixth month of the year is the month of graduations, vacation plans, and weddings. If you are thinking about being a beautiful, romantic June bride you might want to discuss your plans stat. The first item on your list definitely concerns money.

According to, the average cost for a typical wedding in the U.S. — not counting the honeymoon— climbed to $31,213 last year. That number is up 16 percent from only four years ago. That’s a lot of scratch for a party lasting only five hours.

Here’s an idea that will not set you back six months’ salary and offers memories that will last a lifetime. Get married on a cruise ship. In my many sailings, we have seen brides in their wedding gowns all over the ship. Some Royal Caribbean vessels have a beautiful chapel on the top deck and the musicians, photographers, party rooms, cooks, and waiters are already aboard, ready to serve and entertain your guests, who will disembark before the ship sails.

The Norwegian Cruise Line’s beautiful Getaway, based in Miami, and the line’s handsome Breakaway, which sails from our backyard here in New York, offer wedding packages which include a ceremony performed by the ship’s captain for only a fraction of the cost of your affair if it was held at a catering room of a New York hotel.

To the engaged couples ready to take the plunge, Carol and I wish you good luck, a happy honeymoon, and a lifetime filled with good health and happiness. Please let me know the name of the vessel and the date. We just might be aboard.

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To say ‘thank you’ and to encourage me to send another contribution, charities from all over the United States still continue to send me sheets of return address labels. One drawer in my desk is packed with many thousands of labels. I now have enough labels to last me the rest of my life — unless I move first.

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Can your son accurately throw a baseball with some speed behind it? Can he run fast? Do you know if he can hit a ball with a bat? According to an Associated Press compilation of salary and bonus data, the average player on a major league roster on opening day 2015 earns a salary of about $4.25 million.

Gentlemen, you might want to take your little guy outside and have a catch with him. You never know where there is potential.

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Politicians lie. Yes they do. It is unfortunate that we accept political lying as normal. Some lie a lot more than others.

Everybody knows that the biggest current liar of all just threw her hat in the ring of candidates for the presidency of these United States. Google the lies told by any politician and you will find a long list, but the former First Lady has somehow managed to tell more lies than any politician in recent times. To kosherize her untrue comments, and to soften her lies, her staff has newly popularized the word “misspoke.” Yes, my friends. Volumes have been written about the Mistress of The Misspoken Word, The Princess of Prevarication, The Duchess of Deception: Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

I am, telling you how sad it is that Americans are on the verge of electing another major league liar to the White House.

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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