Our wedding reception, "Rockabilly Prom," finally became a reality on May 26th 2012. It was anything but smooth sailing up until that point. Actually, everything that could go wrong, did. Let's see......the catering company raised the price per meal by a dollar the week before we booked the dinner and wouldn't honor the quoted price. That added up with a large guest list and a to-the-dollar budget. One of Zack's groomsmen, or "Prom Court" as I like to call them, found out he was going on tour overseas and couldn't make it, which left us without a drummer for multiple bands. But the worst thing by far was dropping by our venue, The American Legion Hall, days before the event to find out that they were in the middle of remodeling and didn't bother to tell us. It was horrendous! I was upset mostly because it was one of the oldest venues in our town. It was built by William S. Hart as a movie theater to show old western films. It had the perfect look for a prom, with a stage, built in tuck-n-roll booths lining the walls, and old posters of people like Tex Williams who had played on that stage. I was so upset that they ripped out the wood paneling and added white stucco. All of the teal booths landed in the trash can. Everything was beige and blah. I hated it! I cried for hours and decided I couldn't have my reception in the horrid room and had to take on the massive task of moving the venue two days before the reception. The staff there was not sympathetic and didn't want to give us our deposit back and tried to say it would take a week to get the check to us, which was unacceptable as we had paid cash and would be long gone on our honeymoon in a week. Apparently they didn't know who they were messing with, and you bet your bottom dollar that I got that deposit back the next day. The one stroke of luck was that another venue we had toured and liked, The Elks Lodge in Van Nuys, was free that night. So we booked it right away! This venue was also historic, had beautiful hard wood floors and cool built in seating around the walls which reminded me of an auditorium. It was large and centrally located too. The staff was super nice and made the transition really great.