Anna is getting married! Amish weddings are in November, so the family has the whole summer to get ready. Between chores such as milking and haying, Anna's younger sister helps paint the house and put stamps on the invitations. Aunts and uncles arrive the day before the wedding to cook and to clear out the furniture and set up the benches usually used for church services. On the wedding morning they again arrive early, to cook thirty-five chickens and enough potatoes for three hundred people.
Finally, it is time. Anna, her groom, Samuel, and the wedding party descend the stairs. After Bishop Levi leads the couple in their vows and the last hymn is sung, the benches are turned into tables and it is time for the wedding meal. The young narrator tells of the many activities leading up to this special day in her household and her own excitement at taking part in it. It is a time for aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and neighbors to gather in feasting, singing, and celebrating the new couple. Some of the ways are unique to the Amish, but they also reflect the joy, excitement, and fellowship of weddings everywhere.