The DIY Wedding Day had finally come and all of the friends and relatives showed up early in the morning to set up the final decorations and arrange all of the furniture. For the wedding that was just a few hours away. Phil was prepared for some last minute changes. And he was not let down. He had worked so hard for the last several months to get everything in place to have a great wedding for his daughter.
As the busy bees scurried around the yard with tools and furniture the managed to knock over a couple of posts that were in place to support lighting for the event. Then there were a few poorly placed bruises to the painted surfaces that would need to be touched up once they all finished up and cleared out. The DJ showed up to set up and insisted he needed 6 more outlets to be able to properly set up for the reception party.
Phil put on his handyman hat and calmly walked over and talked with him about the placement and power requirements for each outlet. As they finished that discussion he called his electrical and got him headed over with the proper equipment to get it put together. He knew there would be things like this and had built all of them into the schedule and the design.
He had enough extra circuits available under the stage to setup the outlets and his electrician had the hardware preloaded in his truck. He just needed to know the lengths and quantity to get it done. Only about a half hour job tops. Isn’t it great to have a plan come together. He even had a contingency tent if there had been rain in the forecast.
But then it happened, the groom’s father came up to him and insisted that they need to change the chair arrangement as he would not sit in the same row as his wife’s parents. They had to be moved back in the previous row or a new had to be set up for him and his wife. He tried to reason with him and then told him there was no room for another row between them and the platform. And removing chairs from his row would not leave enough seating for all of the guests.
But Bob would have none of it. He finally told him that he would have to talk to their wives if he wanted any seating adjustments. They were responsible for the seating arrangements not him. Bob pleaded with him to help him out and told him of the previous events that the parents had attended and how they had created a problem with their comments. By moving them back the wedding party would be spared having to hear their constant complaining.
Phil assured him he understood and would see what he could work out but could not commit to anything and it was traditional for the grandparents to be seated on the outside of the first row for the ceremony. He told him he had a better chance of fixing the issue during the reception but the wedding would be hard without the wives’ approval.
Bob finally started to walked off and thanked Phil for any help he could manage. He knew how much effort Phil had done to get everything perfect and he just wanted the wedding to be great and Joanne’s parents would ruin it just like they have done so many times before. Phil suggested he calm down or he would be sick long before they got to the ceremony. Phil assured him he would make it hard for them to cause a scene.
With that Bob left with a little spring to his step and he headed over to the reception table to finish his chores for the morning. By then the Electrician enter the yard and Phil walked over to him to get him going with the adjustments and additions to the electrical layout to meet the DJ’s needs. The electrician understood exactly what the DJ was looking for and had come prepared. He assured Phil the he would be gone in forty minutes’ max and the DJ would be happy with his power sources.
Then Phil called in his painters as the crown was winnowing out now and by the time they arrived they would be clear to paint everything that needed touch ups. He also called in his mason to reset the Light posts and make any needed repairs to them. Everything was going smoothly except for the little bug Bob had placed in his mind. Was it true or was it just his relationship with Joanne’s parents that was bad. He knew he could not take a chance.
Then Phil had an idea that would slow down their desire to complain if it was their normal habit. He quickly when over to the wives and suggested his plan without mentioning why it had come up. They actually thought it would be a marvelous idea so he got started setting things up for it at the end of the row where the parents would be sitting. When he had the new platform in placed he called the painters over and let them know how he wanted it finished and they agreed it wouldn’t take long at all.
Phil was finally done and everything was ready for the wedding, he made one last glance around the yard and then let all of his workers free to go home. He hurried upstairs so he could get dressed and back down in time to greet Joanne’s parents and ask them to do a little job during the ceremony.
He returned to the reception table just in time to greet the parents and they said they would be happy to help on this great day, so he walked them over to their table and explained what they needed to do to record the comments made by the guests during the wedding. They looked a little confused and then
Phil explained that he thought that the kids would love to have the recorded comment from the audience to listen to as they watched their wedding movie over the years. It would make them feel like they were there watching as well. Ad they thought about it they realized how much them would have enjoyed hearing the audience response to their wedding and totally agreed to do it just as Phil had asked.
The audience were all seated and the wedding began right on time. Phil stood quietly as each item in the occurred. Then when the time came he escorted Barbara down the aisle, gave her once last hug and handed her over to Fred. He then sat down with Janet and relaxed. He just smiled through the rest of the ceremony as he enjoyed the look on Barbara’s face as she walked down the aisle with him, she thanked him again for all of his work and let him know it was just as she had dreamed of.
That night he fell into a well-deserved restful sleep after all he done to please his daughter one last time with the wedding of her dreams. He wasn’t sure how they would take the extra recording when they listened to it at some point but would certainly get a few laughs out of it when they did. Come back again next time when we start another story for you.