My youngest boy and his lady were going to elope, but I knew they really wanted a wedding. I held it in my yard and it still cost me a few hundred. I worked out chair arrangement on the patio and figured a maximum of 70 armless chairs would fit with a center aisle so that was guest limit (with unlimited additional friends (and all the neighbors) invited for cake and open bar after ceremony and dinner. I rented the chairs and (7) tables of 10 + 2 for serving and a sm square one for the cake. Bought tons of flowers at commercial market (and an old frig in the basement to keep extra prep). Made tablecloths and swags for the arch of a whole bolt of flowered fabric and constructed centerpieces and favors. Roasted an oven full of pork tenderloins (roast pork recipe-yum) and had fresh fruit salad and other sides. Bought 2 cases of sparkling rose and a 1/2 keg of beer (and a whole table of other standard drink stuff). We played our own music on a good stereo out there and his brother and sis (who both had photog classes) did video and stills. I made the cake for 300 in stages, freezing layers until assembly. Basement rec room was very cool and final cake rested there (and flowers). I planned and rented everything myself alone (tables, chairs, ivory china plates and glass goblets both with gold rims and matching cutlery. I arranged brides bouquet, all centerpieces, corsages and boutonnieres the night before. It went well. Photo here shows couple with me and my friend (and Cuddles) in 1991.
Sep 13, 2014