The restaurant made sure there were plenty of h’ordeurves constantly offered throughout the hour. Our kids wanted a casual affair. They did not want a huge 6 course dinner that could be competing with their reception. We did a Pizza and Pasta menu that was just wonderful. A bit out of the ordinary and nothing that was on their usual party menu, but our venue was happy to do whatever we wanted. I had made table decorations and floral centerpieces which were delivered earlier in the day. I had left specific instructions on how I wanted these arranged on the tables. No problem for our attentive contact; he followed my instructions and we were thrilled with how lovely everything looked when we arrived at the restaurant. It is the attention to detail, the level of cooperation and responsiveness that underscores a terrific venue partner for your dinner.
Rehearsal dinner invitations invite family, friends, and out-of-town guests to the rehearsal dinner. The rehearsal dinner is hosted after the wedding rehearsal, usually the night before the wedding ceremony. It’s a time for a close-knit group of people, usually just the bride, groom, and their immediate families to kick back and have a good time. However, if friends and out-of-town guests are coming to, it’s appropriate to send out rehearsal dinner invitations. These needn’t be elaborate or spectacular. Whimsical, succinct, clear messages are best in this situation.
Who takes on the bill for the rehearsal dinner? Usually, the groom’s parents pay for the rehearsal dinner. Sometimes, couples integrate the cost into their wedding planning budget. Other times, both sets of parents pay for it. Since it’s such an informal event, there are no set rules pertaining to it.
Rehearsal dinner invitations can be sent alongside the wedding invitations to save money, but they really do deserve their own mailing because rehearsal dinners are separate, special events.
The venue we settled on was terrific from the beginning. We gave them our budget and guest count and then they worked with us from there. Instead of having an expensive cocktail hour with stations, they suggested passed appetizers. I was a bit hesitant, but it worked out beautifully. Everyone spent the cocktail hour visiting with each other instead of checking out the food.