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Getting Hitched My eldest daughter got mar- ried in the Avalon Theatre and we had the reception in the Casino Ballroom in September 2012. It was a beautiful wedding and a great three day party for With Chaplain John King I can remember only 34 years ago, when gas and bread were less than a buck, that Karen and I struggled with the wedding plan- ning. We were young kids, ~vith little money.in the bank, but with a decent job and good prospects. We had to work pretty hard all involved, to find a venue that we thought minus the ~d~;-~ - we could afford somewhere s t a n d a r d ~ in the local mountains. I had hiccups : that ~ been a Crestline kid and Karen happen~ ~at had spent some time in Lake .these events. Arrowhead. We knew the moun- I have ~ ~ tains and figured it would be a been told ,,~ ~ :~:~ great place for a fun wedding thavhers was~ ~ weekend. the last of ~:~~; We found a location that was the ~ .afford- John King able" wed- Columnist dings at that ,~ facility. Frankly, I thought it was pretty pricey, however, I have been educated as of late. Karen shared an article that listed the best places to get married. For this article, "best" meant "cheapest but still good." I have good news for those of you plan- ning a wedding and looking for a truthfully shabby, but it was cheap, would fit our gang and we had plans to dress it up. Fortunately, Karen's Mom would have none of our shenanigans. We nixed the dumpy place and found the Lake Arrowhead Burnt Mill Beach Club. I cannot recall the actual cost of the whole thing, but I can tell you that nobody suffered finan- cially as a result of our union. And that seems to me how it venue ... South Dakota. That's should be. right, South Dakota scored the. "Weddings have gone ballis- top spot for an affordable, ~adi'- ~ tic. There are so many costly tional wedding. Average price tag: $17,000. Given today's standards, that is pretty cheap. It is certainly less than the cost of my daugh- ter's wedding. I can also share with you that California did not make it into the Top Ten Places for an Affordable Wedding ... not even close. What is happening? options; like flowers. We ha~,e heard of local weddings with over $100,000 worth of flowers decorating the Casino. Wow! Kids today are already strapped with college loans that are criminal. These things are set up as 30 year loans and they are not kidding. I looked at my son's left Founded in 1913 t)y Ernest Wiedle Publisher Jon Remy publisher@thecatalinalsla nder.com Editor Dixie Redfearn editor@thecatalinalslander.com Assistant Editor Charles Kelly Advertising Director Steven Remery Office AssiStant Kristy Throndso~ ofnce@thecatalinalslander.corn Graphic Designel' Emily Ung Multimedia Director Franco Te 635 CRESCENT AVENUE SUITE A AVALON, CA 90704 (310) 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address cnanges to The Catalina Islander P.O. 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No part may be reproduced in any fahion without writtenconsent - of the publisher. ?3dis pubhcatlon m printed almost entirely on recycled paper. Contents Copyright 2016and ]3tie ~r.~l Registernd, Catalina Islander, Inc.,All Rights Reserved. The Catallac can provide a floating wedding venue for couples looking to wed on the waters of the Isle of Romance. Courtesy photo over loans and found that we had already paid $45,000 for the $35,000 we borrowed and the remaining balance is about $30,000. Look up the word "usurious" NeW {or 2017, Afishinados dtarters i_~ offerin Guided 5kiffTrips aboard MOBY 888-61.3-7770 ? AUTO, COMMERCIAL, HOMEOWNERS & LIFE INSURANCE HEALTH tN RANCE-BENEFITS and tell me you do not agree. This is our future. Kids gradu- ating from college with a huge and long-lasting debt burden. Finding someone they love, get- ting hitched for a minimum of $100,000 and then looking at the cost of buying a home. I can tell you that without the new home buyers coming in to the market, we do not have a housing market. No new buyers stepping in, means fewer current owners can stepping up to the next home. The whole deal is balancing D20 Saturday clinic appointment at CIMC. COAST cen er on a group of future home-buy- ers that cannot carry the load. I know this sound like a rant, and what does it have to do with the theme of my "On the Water" col- umn? Have I ever let you down before? Here is the connection. I can do something to help solve this problem. Take a look at the name of the writer of this column. Where you may have seen Capt. John in all of my previous, you may now notice Ch~aplin John? This does not indicate a major career change. It is simply another hat that I have added to Afishinados Charters. Last week I had a lovely cou- ple looking to find a way to get married on Catalina Island-with- out breaking their bank account. I offered them my Wedding Package on the Catallac. For. $1.450 I can deliver a floating venue that can accom- modate 49 passengers for a two- "hour wedding cruise, the servic- es of yours truly, Chaplin John as Officiant and a champagne toast for all. This is not going to work for everybody.. If you have the coin the Casino ballroom is a magi- cal place to tie the knot. In fact, many of my Catallac customers book a cocktail cruise as a part of their wedding festivities and then do the ceremony at one of our beautiful island venues. Of course, our Catallac Wedding Package is a very basic wedding. Adding flowers, pho- tographer, catering and cake ups the ante. Even going full bore on these other services it is possible to get hitched fiboard Catallac for a fraction of the cost anywhere else, even South Dakota. Chaplin John runs Afishinados Charters and Catallac Tours-john@afishi- nados.com - 888-613-7770, 4 ; Friday, April 7, 2017 THE CATALINA ISLANDER