It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. But this story is mostly about the best! 2018 was a pretty big year in Launch Lady Land. For the second time in 85 days, there was another wedding. The same week my youngest daughter got married in June, her older sister announced her engagement. Being the frugal one that I am, I suggested that she just step right on up to the priest when her sister was done (don’t worry, my perfectionist younger one, I wasn’t serious). It didn’t happen.
Just as in daily life, their wedding choices highlighted their extreme personality differences. They both received the same wedding stipend but used it so differently. My traditional youngest daughter spent all of hers, and then some, on a more formal event that took a whole year to plan. She scoured the etiquette books to do everything “correctly” according to tradition. Her very practical sister, who had just bought a new home, took the much more frugal route and chose her dad’s and stepmom’s back yard as the venue for the wedding and reception. She couldn’t see the point of having a large, one-time party when she could buy a fence for her newly purchased back yard! The thought of watching her wedding guests ingest surf and turf did not give her as much pleasure as imagining her two large dogs sprinting freely around her fenced back yard. I suggested she treat her guests to a nice ramen noodle buffet or peanut butter and jelly bar, but in the end, the fajita bar was a tasty, yet non-traditional choice. Gluten-free macaroons graced the dessert table which would normally contain a wickedly gluten filled wedding cake. Though it was a small afternoon affair, the tee totaling bride and groom did not deprive their guests of adult beverages. Continue reading “A Tale of Two Weddings- (But Mostly About One)”