DEAR MISS MANNERS: When did the practice of having the groom pose for pictures with his hand in his pocket begin, and why? Every Sunday, I see pictures of beautiful brides, perfectly groomed, standing beside slobs with their hands in their pockets. This really irritates me. I realize that I can do nothing about it.
GENTLE READER: Who is to say these gentlemen would not be proven even more slovenly by displaying what their hands are hiding?
Surprising as it may be, Miss Manners does not have a firm ruling on the placement of hands when posing for pictures. She leaves that to the photographers. As long as these bridegrooms are not making rude gestures, she considers herself -- and their brides -- fortunate enough.