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Some wedding venues are so fed up with – how does one put this delicately? – detailed-oriented brides, that they’ve imposed a fine for excessive kvetching. The betrothed may want to be careful about wearing out the patience of event planners with questions about the color of flower arrangements

One excited bride recently came down to earth with a bump when she inquired about booking a wedding reception at Loring Pasta Bar in Minneapolis, Mn., a popular wedding venue that hosts cocktail parties and banquets. The bride – who wishes to remain anonymous – was told that after five email exchanges with the event planner she would have to pay $5 per message.

The bride says the email came out of the blue: “I find it extremely rude, but maybe it’s the norm these days.” The email was certainly officious: “Communications which require additional management attention are billed at the rate of $45 per hour; email correspondence will be billed to the client at $5 per email or $12 per 15-minute increment—whichever is less.” Ouch.

Jamie Radich, sales and events manager at Loring’s, says the contract encourages couples to “bundle” their requests and, so far, she has yet to enforce it: “It’s a safeguard against over-zealous clients. We call it the ‘Bridezilla Clause.’ A bride once called my cell phone with an emergency: To ask what potatoes go with pork loin. She wasn’t getting married for another year.”

Alan Fields, author of Bridal Bargains, says Radich’s email reads like an attorney’s contract. “I’ve never seen a clause like that before,” he says. “It seems a little over the top. Isn’t responding to queries from customers part of what a caterer does? If you have mimosas on your cocktail menu and it’s freezing in Florida and there are no oranges, doesn’t that require a phone call? Isn’t that life?”

And it’s partly the bridal industry that stresses brides out in the first place, Radich says. “You don’t need to have your cake and band booked eight months in advance. The industry makes people feel a little panicked that they’re falling behind. I love my job and believe in love, romance and happily ever after.” She also hosts divorce parties. “But not where people worry about the color of the flowers.”

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The 11 richest people on the planet under 35
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Babe Ruth’s New York apartment is for sale
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Where every Fed member stands on raising rates  
Fed Beige Book finds increasing wage pressures
Where every Fed member stands on rates
Rate-hike question is what Yellen didn’t want
Boston Fed president: Sept. doubt remains

Bill Gross calls a Fed rate hike ‘too little, too late’
FDIC chief: Rates may catch banks off-guard
Junk-bond stress level climbs to 5-year high

Inside the strongest S&P sector, the 10 best stocks

History’s lessons in surviving market crashes

They tangled with student debt all summer

Why gold now looks more risky than stocks
Why gold now looks more risky than stocks: Reeves

Still too many gold market bulls, says Hulbert

GoPro’s stock rocked by supplier’s outlook

Intel hopes its chip retool can revive PC sales

Private sector adds 190,000 jobs in August: ADP

U.S. productivity rises at fastest pace since end of 2013
Productivity rises at fastest pace since end of 2013

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton playing game of liar’s poker with the voters
Trump, Clinton play game of liar’s poker: Delamaide
Bush mounts ‘germophobe’ attack on Trump

Workers don’t do better in unions
Opinion: Workers don’t do better in unions
Raising wages to $15 would raise prices by 4%
LA: $15 wage will lift 600,000 out of poverty

Growing doubts among Viacom investors lead to 50% stock drop
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China stock market to close for World War II anniversary
China tightens controls to fight capital outflows

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Don’t overcomplicate 401(k) transfer to an IRA
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Uber drivers lawsuit  endangers much more than Uber
Uber will likely appeal class-action decision
Uber driver suit can proceed as class action

McDonald’s set to offer all-day breakfast

Teacher with 111 tardies blames breakfast

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/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,937 +23 1.20%
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/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,307 +11 0.50%
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/quotes/zigman/662444/delayed 1,134 -6 0.53%
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/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 10,048 +32 0.32%
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BAC /quotes/zigman/190927/composite 15.75 0.22 1.42%
C /quotes/zigman/5065548/composite 51.42 0.48 0.93%
F /quotes/zigman/264304/composite 13.81 0.09 0.66%
T /quotes/zigman/398198/composite 32.65 0.33 1.02%
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