I’ve attended several weddings in my day. Some were classy, lavish affairs. Others were simple and intimate. However, this wedding, in particular, is branded in my memory because of the sheer disaster surrounding every piece of it.
The wedding and reception was held in a gymnasium at a community recreation center. Although the place had potential, I supposed there was no time for decoration. I didn’t feel like I was attending a wedding. It seemed more like we got dressed in our finest to attend the neighborhood basketball game. The bleachers were unfolded, and the scoreboard was still lit with the final score. (The home team lost.)
Out of the 70 persons gathered to share in the union of the bride and groom, only 30 of us arrived before the start of the ceremony. That meant 40 guests staggered in anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes late. This caused quite a commotion as you constantly heard high-heeled shoes clicking, stomping and echoing across hardwood gym floors. Also, a few surprise guests appeared. As mentioned, the event was held at a neighborhood recreation center. Unaware that a wedding was taking place, adolescents and preteens filed into the gymnasium before the reception began. They politely lined up against the wall, basketballs tucked under their arms, as quiet observers.
Let me clarify. The food was amazing. There simply wasn’t enough of it. Is there anything worse than running out of food? Fortunately, I sat close enough to the start of the food line, so when the MC announced that we could serve ourselves, I was right behind the bride in line. Yes, even the bride and groom stood in their own line and prepared their own plates. (I know. You’re cringing. I was too.) It wasn’t entirely the wedding planner’s fault that there wasn’t enough food. Several unsupervised children piled their plates with goodies and bolted to the bleachers, delighted they got away with their gluttony.
If you are planning a wedding, be sure to pick a location worthy of one of the most important days of your life. It should reflect your personality and taste, but it should be clear to your guests that they are attending a wedding. Ensure entry to your reception is limited to invited guests only. Lastly, please do not run out of food! If you prefer a buffet-style reception, portion control is a must. Hire servers to dispense appropriate amounts food. Happy wedding planning!