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This is from back in August.

My oldest son and his girlfriend came to me last spring about getting married. I counseled them three different times to confirm their commitment and solidarity concerning marriage. My son was raised with the value and worth of marriage instilled in him. I told them they would have my blessing if they agreed to do 10-12 sessions of premarital counseling to which they consented. I also told his girlfriend that I would not support a wedding that imposed a hardship on anyone, no credit buying of anything. If they wanted to go that route they wouldn’t have my support in the planning or paying for the wedding. I knew my son was of that mindset but I wanted to make sure that she was as well. She was on board. I told them we wound use all the things we had at our disposal. 

 

Here are some pictures of my house under normal circumstances:

 

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This is the area behind my deck where I have my pistol range. You can see the white steel man targets in some of the pictures.

We have a pistol range, 50 yard, 100 yard, and 200 yard range right off my deck.

 

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I took an excavator and cut two shelves in the slope for seating.

 

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Here is my son and his girlfriend at the bluff by my house:

 

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We brought in square bales for seating and I built an arbor.

 

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Here is the wedding:

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We put 66 seats for eating in our living room and 36 on our deck.

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We took the tables out and the reception was on.

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Pulled out the Model A my deceased dad, who shares the same name as my son) restored 35 years ago.

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Pretty cool.  All of it!

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Freaking awesome. Queue The Kinks Low Budget! Nice that they understand the value of the dollar. Takes some folks much trial and error to learn what it looks like they already know. Best wishes to them.

Love your joint. Man I miss my cabin in the Ozarks. 

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AWESOME!!!!! I think it looked like an incredible event. WAY too much stock is put on all the :bs: in most weddings......Very happy for your son and daughter in law. You should be proud!

:poule:

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Excellent idea! My wife and i did something very similar. We both come from families that dont have money to spare (hadnt seen or heard from my dad in 10-15 years, mom was a 65 y/o still working as a school nurse) We had just bought our house, so i built a deck and Arbor and we held it on our new property. We did all of our own flowers with the exception of the bouquet and my  boutonniere. Since we’ve been together i had gotten her a rose from a local florist at least once a week. When she found out we were getting married she donated her services. We had our favorite small bbq shop cater ($500). We used chairs and tables from our town hall (another perk of small town life). We limited our guests to immediate family and friends that we were closest with at the time, all who were unstrumental in helping us pull it off. All together, wedding, drinks, dress, food, flowers etc were just under 4k$ and it was more meaningful because we did it, best of all, no debt.

yore a smart dad, we will urge our kids to do the same.

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That type of wedding would of easily cost 25k.  

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Congrats to the newly weds, may they enjoy a lifetime of happiness together.

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1 hour ago, sausage450r said:

Excellent idea! My wife and i did something very similar. We both come from families that dont have money to spare (hadnt seen or heard from my dad in 10-15 years, mom was a 65 y/o still working as a school nurse) We had just bought our house, so i built a deck and Arbor and we held it on our new property. We did all of our own flowers with the exception of the bouquet and my  boutonniere. Since we’ve been together i had gotten her a rose from a local florist at least once a week. When she found out we were getting married she donated her services. We had our favorite small bbq shop cater ($500). We used chairs and tables from our town hall (another perk of small town life). We limited our guests to immediate family and friends that we were closest with at the time, all who were unstrumental in helping us pull it off. All together, wedding, drinks, dress, food, flowers etc were just under 4k$ and it was more meaningful because we did it, best of all, no debt.

yore a smart dad, we will urge our kids to do the same.

BBQ Pit?  They catered ours.

This was in 2006, but at the time any San Diego city resident could rent a lot of parks in the city for $500, most with seats included.  We rented the Marston house for the ceremony and our church for the reception ($free.99 for members).  Total cost including bride's/bridesmaid's dresses and tuxes for over 100 guests was under$5000.  DJ?  Made a playlist and used the church's audio.  Don't need to spend $50k for a wedding.  

We also went through premarital counseling and joke about "culturing meaningful touch" to this day. :sraptor:

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1 minute ago, Rockwood said:

BBQ Pit?  They catered ours.

This was in 2006, but at the time any San Diego city resident could rent a lot of parks in the city for $500, most with seats included.  We rented the Marston house for the ceremony and our church for the reception ($free.99 for members).  Total cost including bride's/bridesmaid's dresses and tuxes for over 100 guests was under$5000.  DJ?  Made a playlist and used the church's audio.  Don't need to spend $50k for a wedding.  

We also went through premarital counseling and joke about "culturing meaningful touch" to this day. :sraptor:

Yup bbq pit in alpine. Miss that place

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Just now, sausage450r said:

Yup bbq pit in alpine. Miss that place

La Mesa is still around.  Tasty...

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Best wedding ever. A true piece of Americana. Much respect.   👍

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Good job, we did the same thing and used the money we would have spent to buy a house. DON~~~

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Congrats to you and your family.  Love your spread!

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that was AWESOME!!!!!! 

 

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:headbang:

Very nice!

Congrats to your son and daughter in law.

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You have been busy! Great job on all the above. 

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That's good stuff. Congratulations to them both and to you and your wife for raising them right! My son got engaged recently and I am trying to talk sense into them both,,,

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vary nice ... love me some short skirts and boots :lol:

tell ur son no elbows on table wile eating :bigrin

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Thanks for sharing that was great and looked like it was a hoot

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Well wishes to the newlyweds

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God bless your Son and new Daughter in law.  what a great time and its done, paid for and no Debt!

that's how it should be.  I had no father since 8years old (died) no money,  my wife came from a mother who was about the same boat, and no money.  we had mints and peanuts at our Wedding for the guests as we "really didn't have any money"

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So smart. My wife wanted a big (expensive) wedding as it was her first. My first was at the Tropicana in Vegas.

When I got divorced and she broke up with her boyfriend she had about $50k (they owned a condo and he had to buy her out), I was left with like $8k after my divorce.

We paid for our own wedding and honeymoon to the toon of about $40k. 

I couldn’t talk her out of dumping the majority of our net worth for a single ‘day’ but it was her dough.

Anyhow, it all worked out cause 1 year later we’d start our business (15 years last September) and did pretty well. 

This year (July) we’ll have 17 years together (married).

I’m 100% for a wedding like this!

abc

PS. I spent $6k on the ring.. so I was dead broke.

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My son and his fiance were looking at venues, etc for their big day. I suggested the back yard and use the money you are saving to buy a house. It took a while for them to warm up to the idea but they finally did ask to use the back yard and they are closing on their new home in 2 weeks. Wedding will be in October.

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Awesome. 
Looks like you could run a small business doing this on your property.

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10 minutes ago, TD said:

Awesome. 
Looks like you could run a small business doing this on your property.

Funny.

We are considering something like that.

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