Older bride out­sources en­tire wed­ding to friends and guests

The Kansas City Star - - Uplift - BY JU­DITH MARTIN, NI­CHOLAS IVOR MARTIN AND JACOBINA MARTIN Send ques­tions to Miss Man­ners at her web­site, miss­man­ners.com; to her email, dearmiss­man­ners @gmail.com; or through postal mail to Miss Man­ners, An­drews McMeel Syn­di­ca­tion, 1130 Wal­nut St., Kansa

DEAR MISS MAN­NERS: A dear friend of mine re­cently be­came en­gaged af­ter 12 years of dat­ing. This is a sec­ond wed­ding for both par­ties, and both are well over 50 years old.

Nei­ther could af­ford to have a large wed­ding, so they started plan­ning a small, in­ti­mate event.

Flash-for­ward a few weeks. 70 in­vi­ta­tions go out in the mail, peo­ple are be­ing asked to pro­vide ta­bles, table­cloths, food, la­bor, dec­o­ra­tions, flow­ers from their gar­dens, mu­sic, pho­tog­ra­phy, trans­porta­tion for her mother ... you get the pic­ture.

Miss Man­ners, the guests of this wed­ding wish her noth­ing but the best, but how do we tell her that enough is enough?

GEN­TLE READER:

Your friend is run­ning an event-plan­ning op­er­a­tion. Miss Man­ners sug­gests that you take her aside and tell her that her guests will be more at ease en­joy­ing less-ex­pen­sive fare than be­ing asked to pro­vide it.

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