Wedding happiness

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Last month, one of my best friends since childhood got married in California and several of us attended. My friends are of modest means and arranged a very simple wedding party in one of the hotels. It was a very simple wedding that was attended by lots of their relatives. The ceremony was a beautiful one with bride and groom in love and family members crying.

After the nice ceremony, all the guests walked from the wedding chapel to one of the restaurants nearby. There was no prior reservation and all of us just walked into a restaurant to eat out and enjoy together. The bride and groom had coupons for 1-for-1 free offer, which was the only reason why we went to that particular restaurant.

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Wedding happiness

  1. 1. Wedding HappinessLast month, one of my best friends since childhood got married in California andseveral of us attended. My friends are of modest means and arranged a very simplewedding party in one of the hotels. It was a very simple wedding that was attended bylots of their relatives. The ceremony was a beautiful one with bride and groom in loveand family members crying.After the nice ceremony, all the guests walked from the wedding chapel to one of therestaurants nearby. There was no prior reservation and all of us just walked into arestaurant to eat out and enjoy together. The bride and groom had coupons for 1-for-1 free offer, which was the only reason why we went to that particular restaurant.All of us had lunch, enjoyed some drinks, and then we asked for the bill. Till then, Iwasn’t paying much attention to what was going on at the background but as it turnsout the bill was far more than anyone had expected. Everyone contributed whatever
  2. 2. money they could from their pockets as the couple didn’t have enough money. Buteven after that they were still short several hundred dollars. The coupons that theybrought were actually valid for only a few items, but none of us knew that and weordered outside of those selections as well.I had already spent more than required that day but as things were unfolding it wasbecoming clear that nobody had any money to foot the bill. Things had become sobad that the bride and groom wanted to go up to the hotel room and find any loosecash or expensive gifts they could sell. The poor bride was getting embarrassed andstressed for no fault of hers.I couldn’t bear to see it any longer and got up and pretended to head for thebathroom. I went to ask the restaurant manager to come and meet. I suggested thatthe manager tell the marriage party that there was a mix-up over the coupons and ifthey would honor all items and decrease the bill. He instantly agreed, commended meon my act, and was very happy that the issue would be settled and the restaurantwould get their money. He even gave a 10% extra discount on the bill.Later that evening when my wife and I met the newly-wedded couple, we took themout to one of the nicer bars nearby and had a good time. I had also heard from othersthat the bride and groom were actually sharing a hotel room with some relatives asthey didn’t have enough money. It was their special night and we felt that theydeserved privacy on their wedding night. I booked a room for them in a nicer hoteland gave them the keys at the bar that evening. The evening drinks and the room wasour gift to them, as they knew, and we never told them about footing the restaurantbill earlier as well.
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