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The Birthday Party Part 31 (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24, Part 25, Part 26, Part 27, Part 28, Part 29, Part 30)
“Mrs. Banks, dinner is delicious,” Ginny smiles at her future mother-in-law.
“Are you trying to butter me up, little miss?” Mrs. Banks smiles back. “By the way you can call me mom as you are almost my daughter.”
“Well, I don’t want to spoil a beautiful dinner, but Thomas and I have some things we need to talk over with you and my mom. I would have asked you if my Mom could join us if she could indeed join us, but she is pretty limited in leaving the house. The wedding is going to be hard enough on her and she will probably have to leave before the reception, which is another problem we have run into.”
“Ginny I know this is hard for you and Thomas, but you don’t need a big wedding to get married. The marriage is the important part. The other stuff is not as important. We will get through this, don’t you worry.”
“Oh Mrs. Banks, uh Mom, you make me feel a little bit better. However, we do need to get serious here for a bit. I am overjoyed to be marrying your son. Believe me I can hardly wait any longer, but I know that some things will take time and need to be booked in advance.
“The church says it needs a minimum of 6 months to book the church for the wedding. We have certain things we must do before they grant us rights to get married in the church. Ginny doesn’t have to convert to Catholicism, but if she does it will push the wedding back to another year or two.” Thomas explains looking at his list. “She is willing to convert, but I think she should wait until after the wedding unless we want to wait up to another year or so although that would allow us more time to save for the wedding, reception, and honeymoon. Not to mention the dress she absolutely loves.”
Ginny looks serious as she says, “I know this is going to be expensive no matter how simple we make it. My mother is sick and her savings is shrinking to cover her nursing care. My dad is a no-good-for-nothing jerk and doesn’t help her and certainly hasn’t even contacted me. I have never met him. Thomas has some savings and I have a very little savings although now I am going to get serious about the no frivolous buying sprees I go on. I will be saving as much as I possibly can from my hours at the restaurant. Oh I just had an idea. Don’t they rent out that room for receptions in the back? Do you think we can get a discount since we both work there?
“Excellent idea Ginny. I will talk to the boss tomorrow and see what he says. I don’t know what the average cost is for a place like that, but it would most likely be less if we can get an employee discount. But wait, we have a large, rather nice backyard. What if we plan the reception to be out there with tents included in case of bad weather. It would most likely be a lot less than a fancy hall. I have heard that you would probably average around $14,000 or more for everything at a reception hall. We can do it here for much less, I am sure. I would check around at prices to rent things we need before asking for a discount on that reception hall at the restaurant. Remember that is a fancy restaurant and most likely it would be even more than $14,000. If he gave us a 10% discount it would be about $1400 dollars, 20% would be around $2,800. I don’t know if he would even give us a discount.”
“Oh Thomas, that would be a wonderful idea. I love your back yard. Ok, tomorrow I will make up a list of what we need and call around for rental pricing. You have to get the measurements of the back yard for tents. Which brings us to another problem. We know that you have a large family and the cost alone for your family is going to be pretty large. My family is much smaller, but they still will add to the amount and then we have friends. We aren’t sure we will have enough for the reception at all. I don’t mind looking at wedding dresses on the sales racks. I don’t have to have the dress of my dreams. It is expensive and I don’t want to wait for five years to get married.”
“Ginny, please don’t start this again. I want you to have your dress.”
“Thomas which is more important, a dress or our marriage as soon as possible?”
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