A repository for questions we've been asked.
You didn't include our children on the invitation - are they welcome?
Yes! Your children, including infants, are welcome at our wedding ceremony and reception. Our after-party is adults-only.
What's the weather like this time of year?
Average high for April 28 is 63 F, with an average low of 42 F. There has been rain, gorgeous sunny spring weather, as well as snow in the past.
For the weather-wary, check this page for a list of averages (highs, lows, rain) for Troy, NY 12180.
What do you mean by "celebratory dress"?
We encourage you to enjoy dressing up for the ceremony and reception. Gents in wedding party will be wearing suits.
Whatever the weather, we'd love for you to wear a great hat, and we'll snap a few silly photos with which to remember the day. Hats can be as goofy or as formal as you desire.
Mark and Sylva met at a swing event (Dance Flurry of 2003), and we want to give back and host a dance for family, friends, and our dancing community in the form of an after-party. We understand if you've had enough of the festivities or are simply traveling back home, but stop in and shimmy, swing or tango to the music for a while. No formal attire, anyone and everyone welcome. Munchies will be available.
ps - we'll most likely be having a beginner's swing lesson at 6:45pm. More info to come.
Please tell us - are you registered for gifts?
Your greatest gift is the pleasure of your company on this day! However, we understand gift registries can be helpful for guests, so we have set up the following.
We enthusiastically encourage contributions to our favorite non-profits, the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory (Please mention Sylva Zander and Mark Menard wedding) and research for Prostate Cancer. Please contribute in our names!
More about donating:
The Medical Research Laboratory has had a personal impact upon Mark and his family, as his father has a pacemaker that was developed at the lab. The MMRL studies heart cells and has developed many pacemakers and other cardiac-related technologies and procedures.
Sylva and her family support Pops, aka Sylva's grandfather, Trevelyn Zander, in his adventure against prostate cancer. He traveled with Dots, aka Dorothy, his wife, cross-country via John Deere tractor in the summer and fall of 1999, making stops to talk about prostate cancer awareness at churches, schools and other locations. Photos and story are coming and you will be able to find out more information on our big day.
Where will you be living after you get married?
In Troy, NY. Come visit us! We have a great big couch and space for an air mattress in our living room. Sylva officially has a NY state driver's license and is starting to feel like a New Yorker. (she still plans on hollering for the Red Sox come World Series, if just to give them both a laugh!!!)