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  • I'm certain the father of the bride isn't using this as a charitable deduction on his taxes,
  • Seven bridesmaids? Isn't that a bit excessive?  And who pays 30k for food? The wedding must have cost the same as a house.
  • vudukungfu: I'm certain the father of the bride isn't using this as a charitable deduction on his taxes,


    Seems the ex-groom was paying for most of it. Worse ways to save the surely fuming family of your ex-bride from losing face and for everyone to get at least some of their money back.

    Let's face it---weddings that make Fark rarely end even this well.
  • FlyingLizardOfDoom: Seven bridesmaids? Isn't that a bit excessive?  And who pays 30k for food? The wedding must have cost the same as a house.


    Well, from the way I read it, the catering is provided by the Ritz Charles (the wedding venue). I doubt the $30K is just food, but also the venue fees as well. At that point, it's not too crazy, especially with 170 guests.
  • As much as I like this, the cynic in me wonders how an obviously generous person had their wedding called off.
  • MikeyFuccon: vudukungfu: I'm certain the father of the bride isn't using this as a charitable deduction on his taxes,

    Seems the ex-groom was paying for most of it. Worse ways to save the surely fuming family of your ex-bride from losing face and for everyone to get at least some of their money back.

    Let's face it---weddings that make Fark rarely end even this well.


    Cheaper than a divorce?
  • TravelingFreakshow: As much as I like this, the cynic in me wonders how an obviously generous person had their wedding called off.


    Why are you assuming she was at fault?
  • TravelingFreakshow: As much as I like this, the cynic in me wonders how an obviously generous person had their wedding called off.


    My takeaway was that the groom called it off.  Or did something so bozo that she had to call it off.  Either way she's very attractive and has a good career ahead of her, she'll be fine.
  • RexTalionis: FlyingLizardOfDoom: Seven bridesmaids? Isn't that a bit excessive?  And who pays 30k for food? The wedding must have cost the same as a house.

    Well, from the way I read it, the catering is provided by the Ritz Charles (the wedding venue). I doubt the $30K is just food, but also the venue fees as well. At that point, it's not too crazy, especially with 170 guests.


    And inviting a bunch of homeless people sends a big "FU"  to the Ritz Charles for not making accommodations to the jilted bride.
  • I'm sure it was an accidental "Fark You" that she filled up their ritzy joint with the homeless...
  • phalamir: TravelingFreakshow: As much as I like this, the cynic in me wonders how an obviously generous person had their wedding called off.

    Why are you assuming she was at fault?


    I'm not.
  • The bride not to be says she's not sure what to do with the wedding dress, that it's too painful to contemplate. I suggest she goes all the way and auction it for charity once she feels better.

    Peoples would save a lot of money and aggravation if they reserved the big party for the 25 years anniversary.
  • FlyingLizardOfDoom: Seven bridesmaids? Isn't that a bit excessive?  And who pays 30k for food? The wedding must have cost the same as a house.


    I haven't priced weddings lately, but back when we got married, wedding venues had one of two pricing models: (1) a line-item charge for EVERYTHING, each napkin, table cloth, chair, fork, knife, plate, glass, etc. (2) A per-person price, and usually a minimum food order amount. These places had a separate cake charge, and you paid it whether their baker supplied the cake, or you contracted the cake out.
    Alcohol could be open bar, cash bar, or a mix (open wine or open wine and beer, cash bar for liquor).
    We still didn't spend $175 a head in today's dollars, but we didn't have a plated, sit-down meal, which seems to be the norm these days (the last several weddings for freind's or family's kids I have been to).
  • This is touching. Look at those underfed people!
  • FlyingLizardOfDoom: Seven bridesmaids? Isn't that a bit excessive?  And who pays 30k for food? The wedding must have cost the same as a house.


    Especially mass-produced wedding food. All made ahead of time and sitting in chafing dishes until it's time to serve. It's essentially buffet / cafeteria food.
  • Wedding called off when he found out how much she was spending on it.  $30k just for the reception food?
  • phalamir: TravelingFreakshow: As much as I like this, the cynic in me wonders how an obviously generous person had their wedding called off.

    Why are you assuming she was at fault?


    I don't see anything in Freakshow's post indicating she was at "fault" - just a question about what happened. From the article, it seemed like a mutual decision. FTA "she and her fiancé called off the wedding a week ago. She declined to give a reason " Maybe they realized that getting a divorce a year after getting married was more expensive than cancelling the wedding and forfeiting the payment.

    That said, weddings can be a horribly expensive procedure. Keep it simple, people. A couple grand (or less, if you're willing to do a little prep work) for food and booze, and a ceremony in the backyard with a Justice of the Peace should cover it. It's a day, a beginning, not your life. Save your money.
  • TravelingFreakshow: As much as I like this, the cynic in me wonders how an obviously generous person had their wedding called off.


    Local news here in Indy reported as "she called it off for reasons she didnt care to discuss".  He probably cheated on her.
  • TravelingFreakshow: phalamir: TravelingFreakshow: As much as I like this, the cynic in me wonders how an obviously generous person had their wedding called off.

    Why are you assuming she was at fault?

    I'm not.


    You're just saying that since her wedding was called off, she has have some flaw that makes her unable to do a good act.  Because, otherwise your statement makes no sense whatsoever.  She could have been at fault, true.  But so could the fiance.  Or neither of them.  And even if she were catting about with half of Indiana, it still wouldn't have any bearing on her generosity.
  • Unobtanium: FlyingLizardOfDoom: Seven bridesmaids? Isn't that a bit excessive?  And who pays 30k for food? The wedding must have cost the same as a house.

    I haven't priced weddings lately, but back when we got married, wedding venues had one of two pricing models: (1) a line-item charge for EVERYTHING, each napkin, table cloth, chair, fork, knife, plate, glass, etc. (2) A per-person price, and usually a minimum food order amount. These places had a separate cake charge, and you paid it whether their baker supplied the cake, or you contracted the cake out.
    Alcohol could be open bar, cash bar, or a mix (open wine or open wine and beer, cash bar for liquor).
    We still didn't spend $175 a head in today's dollars, but we didn't have a plated, sit-down meal, which seems to be the norm these days (the last several weddings for freind's or family's kids I have been to).


    Do people not know they can get married at the courthouse with no fanfare, party, or gigantic life-crushing bill?
  • Unobtanium: FlyingLizardOfDoom: Seven bridesmaids? Isn't that a bit excessive?  And who pays 30k for food? The wedding must have cost the same as a house.

    I haven't priced weddings lately, but back when we got married, wedding venues had one of two pricing models: (1) a line-item charge for EVERYTHING, each napkin, table cloth, chair, fork, knife, plate, glass, etc. (2) A per-person price, and usually a minimum food order amount. These places had a separate cake charge, and you paid it whether their baker supplied the cake, or you contracted the cake out.
    Alcohol could be open bar, cash bar, or a mix (open wine or open wine and beer, cash bar for liquor).
    We still didn't spend $175 a head in today's dollars, but we didn't have a plated, sit-down meal, which seems to be the norm these days (the last several weddings for freind's or family's kids I have been to).


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    Most weddings are about $30-$40 a head, which is still crazy, but understandable.

    This is $175 a head.  That's insanity.

    /If I can ever find a woman and I get married... I'll cook food (probably, say, Chicken and Pasta) myself, rent a giant white tent thingy from a family friend, and host the damn thing in my backyard.
    //If the wife even thinks about wanting a $30000 reception, I'll call the wedding off and marry someone else.  For a couple hour event, it's stupid.
  • Carmel loves big weddings.
  • VerifiedPoster: RexTalionis: FlyingLizardOfDoom: Seven bridesmaids? Isn't that a bit excessive?  And who pays 30k for food? The wedding must have cost the same as a house.

    Well, from the way I read it, the catering is provided by the Ritz Charles (the wedding venue). I doubt the $30K is just food, but also the venue fees as well. At that point, it's not too crazy, especially with 170 guests.

    And inviting a bunch of homeless people sends a big "FU"  to the Ritz Charles for not making accommodations to the jilted bride.


    I wouldn't be the slightest bit surprised if this was the prime motivation.  Less, a nice charitable event than, a "u no give my money back?! I flood you with poors!"

    I can't imagine the hotel cared one way or another.  The homeless folks were probably less annoying, whiny and destructive than the average wedding guest.
  • AquaTatanka: TravelingFreakshow: As much as I like this, the cynic in me wonders how an obviously generous person had their wedding called off.

    Local news here in Indy reported as "she called it off for reasons she didnt care to discuss".  He probably cheated on her.


    Lucky bastard.   Her pharmacy degree puts her in a risk category that has more than an 80% chance of her initiating divorce later.

    He got better sex and avoided the total financial and emotional destruction of family court.   Good on him.
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