LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — “I felt like a queen for a day.”
While these words often accompany a wedding, they have never been more fitting than for Lucinda Weaver’s own on Saturday, Feb. 15.
Wayne and Lucinda Weavers’ wedding wasn’t lavish – it was what some may consider small or quaint, only totaling about 21 guests. The couple’s master of ceremonies was local pastor John David Mountjoy.
The couple’s chosen location, however, was what some might consider a bit unorthodox: the local Dairy Queen off Ky. 192.
Lucinda Weaver, 43, who works at Don Franklin Ford Lincoln, entered Dairy Queen’s first “Say ‘I Do’ at Dairy Queen” contest early last week almost on a whim. She had been having a hard time deciding where her wedding would be taking place this month.
She met her husband-to-be, Wayne Weaver, 43, a local Fed-Ex employee, at the local London Walmart last summer. The two were engaged only a few months later, but with four kids between them, ranging from 14 to 24 years old, planning a wedding has been more than tough.
“Trying to figure out where to have a wedding in between kids, working and being generally active is a lot harder than it sounds,” said Weaver. “It’s even harder to find a place without spending too much money.”
Weaver finally decided on Cumberland Inn in Williamsburg. It met all of her criteria – elegant, traditional, and accommodating. However, when she received a call from Dairy Queen’s corporate office in Louisville one week later, they told her she had won the contest. Worries about food, location and the wedding cake would all be taken care of as long as the Weavers got married on Valentine’s Day at their local DQ.
“I declined at first because we had already made reservations,” Weaver said. “But then I received a call from the owners, the Robinette family, who congratulated me and sounded so excited. Only 24 hours later, we decided to have the wedding at Dairy Queen.”
Weaver discussed the options with her family and received nothing but positive reactions. The only stipulation made was that the wedding be moved to Saturday, so the Weaver’s local pastor could conduct the ceremony.
Even though the restaurant did not shut down, all of the bride’s needs were taken care of. Each of her 21 guests and family members were fed and her cake was made special to order. The location even provided waiting staff to cater to Weaver’s needs.
“Everyone was very amazing and personable. The person who made our wedding cake even made my son’s birthday cake,” she said of DQ Manager Kandace Benge. “Our wedding cake was a two-tier cake. The upper tier was red velvet, the bottom tier was a chocolate with vanilla.”
The Robinette family, who have owned the London Dairy Queen since 2007, received a call from Dairy Queen’s corporate office on Wednesday, Feb. 12, and immediately got to work.
“Some people go to the beach, some people go to a church. It’s a little different, a little unorthodox. We tried to do everything we could to make it a special day,” Ben Robinette said.
Oddly enough, this is not the first wedding a Robinette has attended within a Dairy Queen. More than 15 years ago, at another location owned by the family, Ben’s father witnessed a wedding between a female employee and her husband.
As for Wayne and Lucinda Weaver, nothing but fond memories were made on Saturday, nothing short of what you’d expect from any wedding. Their children were happy about the wedding, a couple were in disbelief over how well Dairy Queen could perform a wedding.
“The staff have always been very nice to me and my family,” Weaver said. “I’ll always eat there and take my family to eat there. They made me feel like a queen for a day.”