MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Part of Kansas State University's campus has been transformed for what many in Manhattan are referring to as a "million dollar wedding."
A huge steel-sided tent has been constructed in the parking lot of the K-State Alumni Center off of Anderson Avenue, surrounded by several smaller tents. All are being air conditioned and powered by a slew of large generators. Crews have been spotted setting up chandeliers and white lights in the tents and Alumni Center ballroom along with tables and chairs and catering equipment.
Rumors about the cost of the nuptials have not been confirmed, however, Michael Nolte, the wedding planner out of Overland Park, says it is largest wedding in the history of Manhattan with more than 1,000 guests expected to attend.
The bride and groom getting ready to say "I do" are K-State alums.
Chelsea Spencer and Dylan Evans are set to wed Saturday, August 3rd at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Manhattan followed by a reception at the Alumni Center on campus. At the reception site, personalized doors on all of the tents are etched with the initials "C & D."
Chelsea Spencer, the bride, is a school teacher in Junction City. Dylan Evans, the groom, is the owner of DWE Livestock. The couple lives in Manhattan.
The event will start Saturday afternoon at the church where only 400 people can sit inside the sanctuary to see Spencer and Evans exchange vows. Closed-circuit TV cameras will broadcast the nuptials in the gymnasium across the street for the hundreds of other guests.
Guests will then head over to the reception at the alumni center for cocktails, dinner, entertainment provided by two DJs and a live band, dancing, and a reported 15 open bars.
An after party will feature a light-up dance floor, white leather furniture and a selection of famous Manhattan foods, including burgers from the Cozy Inn, ice cream from Call Hall Dairy Bar, Pizza Shuttle pizza and Varsity Donuts.
Nolte says he's been planning the wedding for 10 months.
"The bride, groom and their families have been some of the nicest people I have ever worked with," he told WIBW. "The wedding will be beautiful."