Pay Extravagant Wedding Costs: It’s Worth It

Dedicated to our grandson Lane and Margie, his bride-to-be, in preparation for their August wedding.

 Also, in honor of our own wedding anniversary July 14, 1990 when I married Chris, the love of my life.


Everything about this wedding in Mother Glover’s living room had to be timed perfectly. Guests clustered in anxious anticipation, the minister stood ready with Bible in hand, and the nervous bride clutched her bouquet while standing in the kitchen waiting for a signal. Her tall groom nervously paced back and forth in the shade of the front porch.

The time arrived. The bride’s nephew, Darrell fiddled to tune in KIUM on the household radio. Out of the static came the familiar “Here Comes the Bride” melody. The groom entered and moved ceremoniously to stand next to the minister. The dining room door opened and in strolled the smiling bride. She walked in perfect cadence to the radio music and stood patiently next to her groom until completion of the wedding march.

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Following the ceremony, guests gathered around the dining room table to enjoy wedding cake, punch and assorted pastries. Before the guests left, the bride slipped into her new wine colored coat with the wide, dramatic collar. A new black fur felt hat with an outrageous feather completed the bride’s going away outfit. Only her niece, Peggy, who had accompanied the bride-to-be on her shopping spree at Popular Dry Goods in El Paso, knew the hat’s extravagant price – a whopping $30.00. After waiting seventy-eight years, Peggy decided she could finally share my mother’s secret wedding day indulgence with me.

To Lane and Margie — it’s worth every penny and more! Get the hat with the feather!

4 thoughts on “Pay Extravagant Wedding Costs: It’s Worth It

  1. Sally Bradley

    What a great day! Happy Anniversary to you and Chris. Pat and I celebrate 56 years on July 16. Hard to believe it has been that long. God is good and carried us through the tough times. Blessings to you sweet friend. Sally

    1. Barbara Post author

      Congratulations on 56 years together. I was in your lovely wedding and remember what a beautiful bride you were. I admire anyone who keeps love alive in marriage for such a long time. You and Pat have always been and continue to be role models for the rest of us.

    2. Barbara Post author

      At the risk of duplicating earlier remarks, I recall being a bridesmaid the night you and Pat married. The ceremony was lovely and you made a beautiful bride. For 56 years you and Pat have been role models for marriage and for life.

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