May 25, 2004

Pearl River, Wider Than a Mile


With a second Friday evening devoted to wedding planning, it now seems as if my original rule declaring the end of the week off limits has been totally obliterated.

I met L near her office on Friday after work for the latest wedding-related excursion, this time to SoHo. The mission? Decorations for the rehearsal dinner. Even though it will be a big event, we don't want the rehearsal dinner to be a mini wedding reception. Our goal is to decorate the room inexpensively but with enough detail to give it the feel of a festive barbecue rather than an elegant party.

One of the best places to pick up inexpensive decorations is Pearl River Mart on Broadway in SoHo. From 13 feet of paper garlands for $3.95 to an entire section of Chinese wedding paraphenalia, it's not a bad place to go if you need to liven up a party on the cheap.

At Pearl, we found the appropriately labeled "String of Lights." How's that for product marketing? The generic name reminded me of those depressing sections in grocery stores where they have "chocolate sandwich cookies" instead of Oreos or "sugar-frosted corn cereal" instead of Frosted Flakes. But for at less than $20 for 20 feet of little plastic lanterns, we couldn't resist.

Perhaps one reason the lights were so cheap - and one reason people hire professionals to decorate rooms - was this warning, printed on the bottom of the box:

Handling the electrical components of this product may expose you to metals/chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects and other reproductive harm.

Right. Remind me to wear a hazmat suit when hanging these things up.

Posted by The Groom at May 25, 2004 09:40 AM

Hey, I have been looking *everywhere* for cool asian shoes. Thank you so much!

Posted by: Malinda ('s bride) at May 25, 2004 01:45 PM