This was a shoe string budget wedding. Being the oldest kids of each
family, we were paying for most of the wedding ourselves while in college.
We both worked multiple jobs during the summer and during school.
- We were able to have our flowers made from stock that was
considered "day old" at a discount florist.
- A friend's band from high school played for the reception.
- All of the dresses were home-made including the wedding
dress. Hairpieces were all hand made using wood pulp to fashion each
- The ladies from the farmer's market served the dinner -
price was under $1.50 per person.
- Jo Ann Grimm, our neighbor made the wedding cake. In
order to keep costs down because there were over 500 guests, several sheet
cakes were made so that the actual wedding cake did not have to be any bigger.
- The reception was held in the parish hall which also served
as a gym. Decorations were kept simple.
- Jim Reinholtz, took the pictures for the wedding for the
cost of film and developing. He was the photographer for the Elkhart
Truth who took pictures for Pat's feature articles and many of the area