Rags to Riches; #L&SR #WednesdayBlogChallenge


Today’s topic – WHAT I WOULD DO WITH A MILLION DOLLARS – is a timely one for me( And probably the rest of America, especially those effected by the Government shutdown).

I’d like to be humble and say I’d donate all of the million dollar windfall to varying charities; adopt a few families in need; give to my church so they can build a new, badly needed, kitchen. I’d like to be truthful and say I’d invest some of it so it could grow and I could help even more people.

That’s what I’d LIKE to say, but…

Let’s go on the premise that my church is set, the government is back to work, and charities are bursting from  holiday donations. Then, there really is only one thing I’d like to do with the money, and it’s a very frivolous thing, but don’t judge me. Please.

Let me explain…

My darling daughter recently got engaged. She’s an only child, the love of my husband’s and my own heart, and she’s truly one of the best people we’ve ever known. I’d like to take some credit for that, but I can’t because she is her own person and has been since she came from my womb! Any way. She recently got engaged to a man who loves her as much as we do and of course, as loving parents, we want to give her the wedding of her dreams. Well, the wedding of her dreams is estimated to be $ 375,000.00 all in, as she says. The venue is the major cost.

It’s Ellis Island.

For those of you who don’t know what that is, or have forgotten your American history, once upon a time every immigrant who came to these shores had to stop at Ellis Island in NYC to be officially documented. People from every nation passed through it’s doors, were examined by doctors, and then documented as visitors to this country. Many people were denied entry due to diseases they contracted and then carried from spending long ocean voyages  in cramped cargo ships, packed in like rats– all for the chance to be a free American. People were quarantined; families were torn apart; original names were changed to sound “more American” by the ones doing the documenting and registration.

Ellis Island is located in  New York Harbor.

It’s the location of the NYC/Hudson River 4th of July fireworks spectacular every year.

It’s also been declared a national Monument. So, in order to have a wedding (or really any event) there, permits must be obtained from the States of NY, New Jersey, and probably the National Government, too. Assuming those are granted, since the venue is a museum and on an island, not your typical hotel wedding site, everything has to be brought in for the reception.

And I mean everything.

Flowers, linens, chairs, tables, glassewear, food, people. And how are they brought in, you ask? Via a ferry from Manhattan Harbor. Do you have any idea how much it costs to rent a ferryboat? Yeah, I don’t either but I’m assuming it’s not a couple hundred bucks and a nice thank you to the ferryman!

The wedding planners that my daughter spoke with gave independent values to having her wedding there and they estimated that the cost would be that ridiculous $375,000.00 mark. There’s no way her father and I can afford that. I’m a little romance writer, happy if I actually get any amount of a royalty check every three months. My husband is entering retirement age and we’ve been planning for our own future so we aren’t left destitute and on the streets when the time comes ( exaggerating, folks, but you know what this economy and the stock market are like right now!)

But, if I had a million dollars…..

Hee Hee.

And talking about weddings ( shameless plug segue), my newest book DEARLY BELOVED is about a – wait for it –  wedding planner. Timely, no?

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14 responses to “Rags to Riches; #L&SR #WednesdayBlogChallenge

  1. Wow! That would be amazing to have a wedding on Ellis Island. I never even thought of that.


    • Peggy Jaeger

      My daughter’s apartment is right next to Ellis Island – she can see it from her window every day. I figured it would be an easy transport to the island because of that.


      • Peggy Jaeger

        My daughter’s apartment is right next to Ellis Island – she can see it from her window every day. I figured it would be an easy transport to the island because of that.


  2. echoishii

    That sounds amazing! I never would have thought about a wedding on Ellis Island.


  3. I had no idea you could even hold a wedding on Ellis Island… that’s fascinating! You’ve taught your daughter to dream big. If you can’t dream it, you can’t have it (what’s that saying, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”). I hope she’s able to have the wedding of her dreams somehow 🙂

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  4. lydiaschoch

    Wow, that would be quite the memorable wedding! I didn’t know it was possible to get married on Ellis Island.

    This is my response to this week’s prompt: http://lydiaschoch.com/wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge-what-i-would-do-with-a-million-dollars/

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    • Peggy Jaeger

      Lydia – you can practically get married anywhere – even on the top of mountain- just as long as you can pay for!!! Did you ever see Sex in the City – the movie? Carrie was gonna get married in the PUBLIC LIBRARY in NYC. I personally know that cost a fortune to book, too, because I wanted to get married there 150 years ago! back then, the cost to rent the atrium was $10,000.00.

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  5. I totally get where you’re coming from. The kid is the thing. 🙂 I have one, so I get it. I’d make sure he can go to college without debt. So I get you. Very cool idea. 🙂


  6. What a wedding that would be, though! Best of luck with your wedding planning. We’ve planned two in the past two years, my daughter’s and my step-son’s. So much work, but such joy on the actual day.

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  7. Awww, this is an absolutely beautiful answer. What a dream come true!


  8. Peggy Jaeger

    Rhonda – sososos much work is right!!! but all worth everything in the end. Hey, if I win powerball you’ll get to see pix from Ellis island. Hee hee


  9. Wow! That would be amazing. Mine was in the town hall registry office – not at all as impressive!


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