At the Quinton supper table, Dixie was all excited to tell Harrell and Kathleen about 'The Columns'. As she started describing what she had found and the services they were able to provide, Harrell interupted her. "Honey, before you go any further I want to let you know. I have asked around about the costs of weddings. The most expensive one any father would admit to was Abby Lowle's wedding. Theo told me they paid $35,000 after it was all over and that was 2 years ago. But, he also added that his wife had a family trust fund that paid the bill."
"Well that was a nice wedding," said Dixie, as if offering it the kiss of death.
"It was. I remember thinking, while we were there, what a great job Theo's wife and Abby had done planning it." He paused, looked at Kathleen and smiled. He looked back at Dixie, "So I went back and looked at our finances. After doing some math, I think we can afford a wedding budget of $40,000. After all, I only have one little girl."
Kathleen jumped up and hugged his neck. "Oh, Daddy, that is too generous. I know it won't cost that much. I love you more than anything. You know how special this day is going to be for me and Jeb!"
Harrell was holding back tears. Dixie was furious. How could he expect her to plan a decent wedding with only $40,000? All she could think of was the list of 'Required' expenses she had put together just that morning. The measley $40,000 wasn't even close to the $63,900 she needed. That number wasn't even including the 18% gratuity. And what about those incidentals that she knew would pop up later?
Harrell looked at Dixie with a big smile. "So Dixie sweetheart, you can throw that grand wedding you have always wanted Kathleen to have. Now, tell us all about 'The Columns' and the services they can provide to make Kathleen and Jeb's wedding perfect."