You know you’ve landed a real jim-dandy of an engagement if The New York Times includes the announcement in its “Weddings/Celebrations” section. Those brief, blissful profiles are basically gilded badges of accomplishment and elitism hand-delivered by the Gray Lady herself. And though anyone can submit their nuptials for approval, few (like the wonderful Ted and Gracie below) are chosen.
A quick perusal of NYT “Weddings/Celebrations” reveals a certain similar cache among that envied in-crowd. For instance, Katie Baker over at Grantland noticed how boarding school alumni, people with Roman numerals attached to their names and Ralph Lauren employees. To get some empirical data around these anecdotal nuptials announcement trends (because what could be of more importance?), The Atlantic crunched some numbers to find out specifically which criteria can get you ahead of the masses and into that coveted newsprint.
Here are the “Wedding/Celebrations” selection odds The Atlantic calculated:
Turns out, it’s pretty simple if you plan ahead — way ahead. Simply make sure that you grow up Greenwich, Conn.; Palm Beach, Fla.; or Southampton, N.Y.; and attend an Ivy League school where you will pursue law and meet a silver spoon-fed, well-educated investment banker to-be.