Good Day, my dear – how are you? I trust you’ve managed to shake off that cold you had earlier in the week. Unfortunately they can sometimes linger for weeks, and just when you think it’s finally gone, it can often return – sometimes, even worse than it was originally!
I did want to have a little chat with you today. My friend Georgie rang during the weekend and invited herself over to see me. Georgie is a wonderful woman, but occasionally she can have an idea which is totally ridiculous. I’ll go back to the beginning of the story and try to explain what I mean.
As you know Billy asked Georgie if she would marry him. Georgie, after dithering around for a short time, decided that she would like that and off they trotted to look at engagement rings. They found one that Georgie really liked, so Billy purchased it for her. It is a rather beautiful piece of jewellery, but not quite the style I would have expected her to choose.
Anyway, getting back to the story – Georgie came to see me, and once we had our cups of tea the conversation headed towards weddings and one specific wedding. She started off by saying that she had decided to hire a Wedding Planner. Well, my dear, you could have knocked me down with a feather. Why on earth do they need to pay for the services of someone to plan a small event for them?
I fully accept that wedding planners can be brilliant for organising a large wedding, which has an equally huge budget. My cousin Philippa engaged a planner for their daughter’s wedding. It was an enormous affair and there were several Lords on the guest list! The firm of planners arranged everything, from the rehearsal dinner, bride’s and bridesmaids’ dresses and the groom’s and best man’s attire plus the outfits for all of the groomsmen. They booked the caterers and flowers as well as 101 other things. The reception was held in a marquee in their large garden. It was a fabulous event. Yes, my dear, I do have some relatives who move among the middle classes….. and even higher!! No, I’m sorry I won’t be mentioning names as you probably wouldn’t know them anyway, so it’s quite irrelevant.
Back to Georgie and her daft idea to hire a wedding planner. She had it in her mind that she wanted a “posh” wedding, before she was too old. I pointed out that we aren’t too old for anything – the only thing to be mindful of, is not to waste a great amount of money on the one day – no matter how important!
When it came down to it, she really didn’t have a clue how to organise and plan the day, and she thought that by hiring a wedding planner, everything would be taken care of for her. Well, yes, of course she is right, but the anticipation is increased by being involved in the arrangements. We are perfectly capable of making a few phone calls and if they want to hold the event in a hotel, they will need to visit it themselves anyway. I don’t actually think they would enjoy a formal wedding – neither Georgie or Billy are the kind of folk who would be happy being careful what they said all day, not being able to call a spade, a shovel, and needing to work to a timetable.
When it comes down to it, Georgie doesn’t want a long flowing white dress and Billy won’t want to be dressed in a morning suit! They don’t need bridesmaids or groomsmen as there are only small numbers of folk to accommodate.
While I was wittering away to Georgie she started to laugh. I stopped talking and just looked at her and shrugged my shoulders, in a “what are you laughing at” sort of manner. She said “I’ve got my wedding planner – you’ll arrange everything for me, won’t you?” Heck, now how did I walk into that one? My big mouth just won’t leave things alone.
When she started speaking again, she said that she had only suggested a wedding planner because she hadn’t any ideas about what to do and didn’t really want to deal with it. She was more than happy to have the wedding as long as she and Billy could just turn up and get married, and everything else had been sorted for them. While we talked a little more, she said that they didn’t want a huge number of people attending, just the few remaining family members that they had, and some friends. There would probably be no more than about thirty people in total. We started discussing whether she would like a church wedding, but she said that Billy didn’t really want that, and she wasn’t bothered. I asked her about whether she would prefer the Registry office or a local hotel, but she didn’t seem over enthusiastic about either of those alternatives. I then suggested something completely different, which would take a little organising, but could be done. It would probably be easier to arrange it over a couple of days and then the reception could be held separately either at a hotel or perhaps even here with outside caterers.
I’ve left Georgie to have a wee chat with Billy and we will continue our conversation after that has taken place. I think she quite likes my idea, so will wait to hear Billy’s reaction. I’m not sure how I got roped into this, but there you are – and she is my oldest pal. It’s lovely to have friends – Georgie has been there for me when I’ve needed it, so it’s good to be able to do something nice for her.
Well my dear, I’ve rambled on for far too long again. It’s time for me to think about my next shopping list. I’ll speak with you again soon. As Always –
With Love – Jan xx