First of all I would like to thank everyone for their comments. I found them very helpful and insightful.
They have found a Bed and Breakfast that they like. It will cost $600 to rent for the wedding. "What about the reception?" I asked.
"Well, that will cost more!" she replied.
"It's going to cost us more anyway." I was mentally grinding my teeth.
With the late notice, meaning that most people have plans and commitments for the month of August already, I would count on sixty people max. Just family and some friends.
At least they have found a place.
I am cashing in some stocks and waiting for the checks to arrive. Once I send the "seed" money, the die is cast.
The die is cast.