Older bride outsources entire wedding to friends and guests
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?
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.