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BBB: Before you say ‘I do,’ do your homework

Wedding season is coming up and it is big business. On average the wedding industry generates $72 billion a year. This includes, gowns, music, venue, invitations and favors. With so many options out there for couples it can be easy to fall prey to scammers wanting to cash in on your big day. And while tears are expected at weddings, the Better Business Bureau wants to ensure those are tears of joy and not of frustration.

Dear Annie: Ministers doing weddings deserve acknowledgement

Dear Annie: I am the pastor of a beautiful church in a small urban community. Because we have a beautiful sanctuary – and also because many ministers will not conduct weddings for nonmembers in this area – we get a lot of requests to have weddings in our church. Because I think it’s important for every human being to know a minister to whom they can turn in the case of an emergency, I am willing to do these weddings and have never charged a fee for doing so. At one time, the couples I married really appreciated this effort and sent thank-you cards, small gifts or cash honorariums. However, the most recent four couples I married did not even bother to send a thank-you note. These are people who spend $15,000 on a wedding and apparently don’t think the minister’s time is worth compensation or appreciation.

Annie’s Mailbox: Granddaughter’s third wedding strains patience

Dear Annie: My granddaughter is getting married for the third time in August. The first time this granddaughter got married, I attended the wedding and gave her a generous gift. The second time, I sent a card with a small check. But this is going too far. My question is, am I obligated to attend this wedding? It is out of state, which means a plane fare, hotel and yet another gift. I say “no more.” A simple card will suffice.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Sister Bilkiss, aka Flora M. Bilkiss, Spokane’s most famous street evangelist, was arrested on a grand larceny warrant.

Landmarks: Garden true gem in 1930s-era home built by Rose Hurst

Set back off the street behind large gates along the busy North Market Street corridor is a small house built in 1934 by a most unusual woman, Rose Hurst. But as interesting as the house is, the garden Hurst created adjacent to it is the real show-stopper.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A Spokane man and his bride found an unusual venue for a wedding – in a taxi, on the busiest corner of Butte.

In sharp turn, gay couples marry in Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) — Gay marriage has become legal in Arizona after the state's conservative attorney general said Friday that he wouldn't challenge a federal court decision that cleared the way for same-sex unions in the state. The announcement prompted gay couples to line up at the downtown courthouse in Phoenix, where they began to marry immediately.

Spokane County commissioners to study expanded land use at Green Bluff

Green Bluff residents staked out their differences on Tuesday over a proposal to allow weddings and other events as accessory uses in the small-tract agriculture zone. Spokane County commissioners took more than an hour of testimony on proposals to put rules around those ventures at the popular area.