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Politely punctual

Singapore, Sept. 17 (Reuters): Nervous brides or reluctant grooms arriving late can be a wedding planner’s worst nightmare. But in Singapore, the problem is with the guests.

Infuriated by growing reports of weddings marred by tardy guests, Singapore’s government this week launched a “kindness movement” to encourage punctuality, its latest attempt at social engineering to improve etiquette.

About 400,000 “punctuality reminders” have been sent to hotels which usually plan weddings in Singapore. These are passed to couples to include with invitations and read simply: “Punctuality is the politeness of kings”.

Older relatives often show up late at Chinese wedding banquets to show their importance.

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