The best laid plans of mice and Georgia fans

You may not have heard, but the crown jewel of Paula Deen’s brother’s empire, Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House, abruptly announced its end last week.  Aside from unexpectedly throwing Uncle Bubba’s workforce onto the unemployment line, the closure has led to putting another person in a tough spot.  She deserves better, too.

Colleen Sheffield booked her reception at Uncle Bubba’s for her October wedding. Now she’s scrambling to find a new venue.

“I’ve called 80 people, and I can’t find a venue anywhere because October is a prime wedding month,” said Sheffield.

And it’s not just the month that is the problem.

“I picked a bye week for Georgia [football],” she said. “Like any Savannah Southern girl, you plan it around SEC football.”

Amen to that, sister.  Hope things work out.

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34 responses to “The best laid plans of mice and Georgia fans

  1. Mayor of Dawgtown

    Colleen, just elope and save your poor father all that damn money that would have been wasted on a party you wouldn’t even enjoy.

    • tess

      Exactly.
      We married in January (I recall telling him, “Anytime after the first weekend in December. No. I’m not kidding.”), but I wish we’d just eloped, and saved the money.

  2. Normaltown Mike

    My sister in law got married concurrent with the 2004 Georgia – Auburn game, which in retrospect ended up being an act of mercy.

  3. Irishdawg

    I used to live down the road from this restaurant; it’s a shame it’s closing. The food wasn’t great, but the location is and the atmosphere was pretty cool.

  4. AthensHomerDawg

    I don’t blame her. Bubba’s Diamond had been hemorrhaging for a while. Owing Paula Dean Enterprises 300,000 plus. I’m sure since the whole lawsuit that cost Paula her cooking show started there she had lost all fondness for the place. She plans on a new diamond restaurant in the mountains of Tennessee. Near Dollywood I think. Those oysters won’t come from the ocean though.
    FIFY It’s not too late to find new facilities. http://botgarden.uga.edu/celebrate.php
    My wife’s best friend from med school has a daughter that got married a couple of months ago. Wedding and reception cost a cool $40,000. Dream wedding. Some of the members of the wedding band were the old Stillwater crowd. Remember Mindbender ? “Momma was a Gibson, Daddy was a Fender…”
    The couple moved into their lease/purchase $200,000 home after the wedding. I’m with the Mayor. Put the money into the house. At the end of the day they own a house with a 165,000 mortgage for less than a grand a month. Good start. And a better investment than the coffee table book of the wedding. imho.

    • PTC DAWG

      Agreed, money can be much better spent…you can get married on the cheap and still have a great time.

    • Colleen

      Thanks! We’re keeping it in Savannah! Also, My budget is 1/16 of 40,000!

      • South FL Dawg

        Do what makes you happy.When I got married everybody was driving me crazy telling me I had to do this, had to do that. We ended up eloping and getting married at sunset on the beach. But I was afraid to tell my mother for weeks LOL.

  5. Nate Dawg

    That’s great and all…but what about the other games that day? I’m a junkie…I don’t want to miss the LSU/awbarn game, who does?
    And a buddy of mine did the same thing, if they’re fans themselves, do they think the Dawgs will have the same bye week yr after yr? Hence, anniversary interrupted. Oh well, maybe not everyone is as sick as me..lots of months on the calendar tho…lots…

  6. Debby Balcer

    I hope it works out for her.

  7. I Wanna Red Cup

    I bet somewhere in Athens is available.

  8. Macallanlover

    Hate it for her because at least she put some considerate thought into the date, although every Saturday in the fall is special. Agree with others though, weddings are such an overly dramatic event that wastes a lot of money better used in a more practical way and inconveniences many of those you care about.

    My daughter is a big CFB fan so at least she chose a summer date a few weeks from now. Have to admit I am still surprised she didn’t take the envelope of cash/trip and have an informal party for friends on their return though. At least she picked a destination wedding spot in the mountains with no ties though. Comfortable, relaxing venue for everyone to be together, something of a moral victory of sorts, I guess.

  9. Russ

    No, you don’t get married in the fall at all!

    • Colleen

      In Savannah you get married in June or October. The weathers the nicest.

      • Macallanlover

        From Savannah, October is good, as is November, but it is still football season. Of course here is nothing wrong with Fridays or Sundays. May is pretty solid month for weather too.

  10. Cojones

    Cheez! She’s a Georgia fan, not necessarily concerned about the SEC as much. Are any of you? This gal exudes UGA with her every plan. Where do you think her kiddies will end up going to school with a Momma who makes them red and black sandwiches for school every day?

    Colleen, somewhere there’s a Dawg Fan who can connect you up real quick with a wedding in that Savannah area that will blow Bubba’s Oyster House out completely. Would think there are enough readers in that area to make it happen, eh Senator?

  11. AusDawg85

    Please don’t let her see the video of the Tennessee pre-game tailgating wedding ceremony or we’ll all lose our mocking privileges.

  12. cube

    I have no sympathy for her at all. Don’t get married in the fall.

    • Colleen

      Hi,
      No sympathy? In Savannah you get married in June or October. The weathers the nicest. So sorry you’re not from the southern coast!

      • cube

        What’s wrong with April and May?

      • cube

        April – avg high 78, avg low 54, avg rainfall 3.2 in
        May – avg high 84, avg low 62, avg rainfall 4.2 in
        June – avg high 89, avg low 69, avg rainfall 5.6 in

        Oct – avg high 78, avg low 57, avg rainfall 2.9 in

        April and May are more like October than June is.

        • Silver Creek Doug

          As a fellow Savannahian Colleen, let me handle this one for ya.

          Cube, no one south of the Fall Line gets married in April or May because of the horrendous gnat/no seeum infestation. Just miserable. October is better because there is usually a chill in the night air that seems to keep them away.

          • cube

            So June is better? What sense does that make?

            And the weather in April is a tad cooler than October – without the 5 months of gnat buildup that October has. April would be a better choice than October…or June.

  13. Dawg19

    Trust me…get married at the courthouse with close family and have a nice honeymoon. Best decision we ever made.