2007_08_levengertahi.jpgThe NY Times has a slide show of assorted items that could be perfect wedding gifts for book lovers. Suggestions range from whimsical bookshelves to personalized book plates.

We were most intrigued by Levenger's Thai Book Rest - we suppose you could get a pair of two for a wedding couple. Or one, plus some massage oils and a copy of the Kama Sutra as a cheeky bridal/bachelorette party shower gift. Anyway, on with this Labor Day weekend's NY Times Weddings & Celebrations announcements:

  • There are 42 announcements, including 2 same-sex unions, plus the Vows column
  • There are 24 photographs of couples, plus the Vows photographs
  • The youngest bride is 23, the oldest bride is 44
  • The youngest groom is 24, the oldest groom is 61
  • One bride directed the film, Monster, which brought Charlize Theron her Oscar.
  • One groom is the comedian Byron Allen; his new wife is the supervising producer of his show, Comics .Unleashed
  • Beltway wedding bells: One bride is the division chief of the State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs' Iraqi police-training program; her groom is on the staff of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence/
  • No name change needed: Judith Sachs married Todd Sachs
  • One couple first met at age 13 at Camp Kinder Ring; they met up again 12 years later, but didn't actually date until 2 years after that, when they both used the same online dating service.
  • One groom is the program director of Witness, Peter Gabriel's human rights organization.
  • And one couple met after the bride had emailed online music retailer Insound.com (the groom's company) about some customer service issues (including a refund Insound mistakenly gave her). The groom "looked up her customer profile, to see what kinds of music she bought."