No, that’s not the greatest and most uplifting title I’ve come up with, but at the moment it’s the best I can think of, so you’re stuck with it. Sorry my dear, and it’s probably not the most charming greeting I’ve given you, my Godson recently, but I’m sure you know me well enough to take my comments at face value.
Shall I try again, with a slightly less sarcastic tone in my voice than previously? “Good morning, Alex and how are you, your wonderful wife and gorgeous daughters? No, I haven’t got a plum in my mouth – it’s my normal way of speaking! I don’t know why one or two folk have suggested that my usually sunny disposition has faltered slightly.” Perhaps I’ve had rather a lot going on, and my brain has been stretched a little more than usual!
Anyway my dear, shall we move on, otherwise at the end of this conversation we won’t have actually said anything. No, I know, I appreciate that I’m quite good at talking – or wittering, as you call it – without ever saying very much. I really don’t like to overwhelm folk by bombarding them with loads of information at one time, particularly when much of it is quite unnecessary so I intersperse information with general chit-chat.
I actually wanted to ask you whether you have established when the builders will be finished at the site around the corner. I agree that it isn’t essential to know within a few days, it’s just that there has been quite a lot of noise each day and which, at the current time, seems to be louder than ever. I know you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs, but do you know when they will be starting on the internal fit-out?
Oh yes, something which I know I haven’t mentioned recently is Georgie’s idea that she would like a marquee for the wedding reception. Now to my mind, the end of March isn’t the ideal time for a gathering of pensioners to be shivering in an oversized tent, even a heated one, in the evening! You may remember that we decided that the wedding itself will be held on Friday 27th March 2020 with the reception taking place on Saturday 28th March.
The wedding itself will be a very small, quiet affair which is what both the bride and groom had requested. I had originally been advised that there would likely be around thirty guests invited for the Saturday evening reception. Yes, well – I should have known better! That number has increased exponentially and now we have the likelihood of about eighty invitees.
In order to accommodate that number of guests we have increased the time frame for the reception. Although we expect there to be around forty people who aren’t in the first flush of youth, there will be a similar number of relatives/close friends in the thirty plus age bracket. There will also be a small number of children, which is something we just hadn’t considered! Yes, we probably should have thought about it, but the younger contingent is all on Billy’s side, and we didn’t really know about them.
However, this situation has now appeared, and so we have had to arrange things accordingly. This is the reason why Georgie now thinks that a marquee would be suitable. I think she likes the idea of it, rather than understanding the logistics. It causes difficulties with heating food, unless we arrange for a catering kitchen – which is another large expense. Of course, the weather is likely to be particularly unreliable at that time of the year, and there could be snow, rain, very cold weather, or even an early heatwave.
Although originally I had thought that having the reception here would be a good idea, as time has elapsed, and with the various problems in the building, I decided that we needed to find another location. I suggested this to Georgie and she and Billy agreed with my thoughts and said they’d leave it to me to find an appropriate venue.
I have now decided to utilise our lovely new village hall. There is a local motel where guests who want to stay overnight can be accommodated and it’s less than a five minute walk away. The village hall is surrounded by lovely gardens and a playing field. Yes there is room for a marquee, but it really isn’t a good idea and I will make sure to dissuade them – well, Georgie – from that idea. The village hall has a wonderful catering kitchen – it’s not huge, but very well equipped and I’ve manage to book the whole premises from the Friday evening, which is when I will arrive back from the wedding itself, through to the Sunday afternoon. Georgie and Billy will return late on Saturday morning, so everything can be set up in readiness for the “wedding of the year”.
The building itself is ideal, there is one room which we can set up for children, with some suitable entertainment and they can eat in there too. There’s even a small room next to it where youngsters can have a nap. The main room for the reception will be perfect, as it can be divided into several smaller spaces. One even has a bar and I have arranged for staff. There is another area where tables will be set up with a huge buffet with both hot and cold food. Giselle and Jane will be managing the food between themselves and G has managed to find a few staff for clearing plates and filling the dishwasher etc.
You’re probably wondering why I hadn’t mentioned the village hall before as it’s so perfect for this occasion. Well, my dear, as you know we had the old community centre which doubled up as the civic centre depending on what event was happening. However that was a drab old building close to the library and it needed a major facelift. In the meantime, as the population of the village has grown, plans were submitted for a new village hall, the building of which was only completed a few weeks ago. This means that it hasn’t been fully booked up yet – although I’m sure it will be in the future when everyone realises what a wonderful asset it is sure to become.
So I really do feel that everything is fairly well under control. Of course there are bound to be bits and pieces that need to be dealt with during the next few weeks. The next thing which I need to do is send out the invitations because if I leave them to Georgie, she’ll delay writing them for a couple of weeks and I think they need to be sent out by the end of next week, Saturday 18th January and I’ll ask for responses by Saturday, 8th February, knowing that it will probably be another week after that before we’ve had the majority of replies. That will then leave six weeks before the wedding to finalise things and smooth out any possible glitches.
So that’s the current situation. I’m hoping to see Teddy and you tomorrow so that we can discuss a couple of things. Is that still convenient for you – oh good, I’m so pleased about that and I’ll contact Teddy this afternoon to confirm with her.
I’m going to get on with some bits and pieces today while I have the chance. Please give my love to the family and I’ll see you tomorrow. As Always –
With Love – Jan xx