I still don’t know what coconut rum is . I’m pretty sure I’ve never tasted the stuff. I’d remember something like that .
About seven years ago or so I found myself riding in my friend’s car along a highway in Connecticut on our way to buy booze in Massachusetts for his upcoming wedding, Evidently the liquor taxes are lower in Massachusetts than in Connecticut . We were buying a lot of booze for the wedding , so it seemed like a good move to pay significantly less tax for it . At least , that was my understanding of it ; it could have been that my friend just wanted to take a little drive .
His bride-to-be had hired a wedding planner who had worked out a list of liquor that needed to be acquired for the wedding reception . My friend is a musician and friends of his would be arriving from all over the country and from Europe . The bride-to-be grew up in the same little Connecticut town where her parents had grown up , where her grandparents had grown up , where their parents had grown up . Her mother’s clan came to the town in the 1600s , she said , and her father’s a hundred years or so later . Newcomers . She knew everyone in town . Half of the town would be coming to the wedding . Big reception .
Now , I was just the hanger-arounder for a few days , trying to help out wherever I could . I looked at the liguor list that the wedding planner had concocted , the one that the bride-to-be insisted be followed to the letter . It was a page long . Ridiculous .
” Hey , you’re not opening a bar , ” I said . There was everything on the list . ” Look , get wine and beer , and maybe some whiskey and gin in case someone wants something harder . Or just stick to wine and beer . “
” I’m not going to fight that battle , ” he said . That battle !
” Okay , ” I said , looking at the list . ” At least eliminate the six bottles of coconut rum . I’m a drinker but I’ve never even heard of coconut rum . I guarantee you no one at the reception will ask for coconut rum . “
So he cut the list down . He bought only one bottle of coconut rum . He decided to take the risk ; live dangerously . I’m not saying that that one brave but defiant decision eventually interfered with their relationship , but hey , we’ve got to throw it in there as something that needs to be considered .
I’m pretty sure that that one bottle of coconut rum is still sitting in his garage . Well , so are the other bottles of exotic stuff he bought .
They hired bartenders for the reception . Unopened bottles could have been returned to the liquor store , but opened bottles could not . That’s how it works . I think someone tasted every one of those bottles during the reception . Curiosity . What’s coconut rum ? What’s this ? What’s that ? Let me have a taste —- just a short one ! Maybe the bartenders opened the bottles ; made a bit of cash from the liquor store owner on the side . I don’t know . All I know is that the wine and beer was gone by the end of the party but most of the hard stuff remained and was carted over to my friend’s garage later .
Wonderful party , though . Great fun. Everyone danced and laughed as a host of fine musician friends played . Dinner was served . The whole thing cost them a small fortune , I’m sure , but they could certainly hold their heads high in the town .
The marriage ceremony was fabulous , too . Her nieces were flower girls . Her best friends were bride’s maids . His brother was best man . Yes , the marriage ceremony had gone very well ; the marriage not so much .