Post # 1
FI and I have been calling the dinner the night before the wedding the “welcome dinner” because we didn’t think DWs had rehearsals but now, I’m starting to think: how will we know what to do if we don’t rehearse first? Did/will you bees actually rehearse before the wedding, or did/will you all just go with the flow? Also, was/is your welcome/rehearsal dinner casual? How did you pick a place?
Post # 3
We’re having a small destination wedding and our guest list is roughly 24 guests. We aren’t having any attendents, but will be having a rehearsal sometime the day before the wedding in either the early morning or afternoon. A rehearsal is nice in terms of making any adjustments and getting a feel for the terrain you’re going to be walking on. Usually your venue’s wedding coordinator can make suggestions about this.
Later that night we’re hosting a welcome dinner. It’s going to be Italian food because it’s something most people enjoy. We’ll dress up but we’re keeping it casual so that if guests have had a rough flight, lose bags or arrive just at dinner, that they can wear jeans or khackis for it. We plan to select some inexpensive decor hopefully under $100 – the venue provides table linens as part of their dinner package.
Welcome dinners should be more relaxed and casual in my opinion because people will be tired from traveling and also, you want to take care not to upstage your wedding the next day!
Our wedding venue has private dining rooms for small events and the closest restaurant that foot the bill, was half an hour from the country inn that’s hosting the weekend. We didn’t want to shell out lots of money for a shuttle and figured that after a day of travelling, people wouldn’t wish to take a long ride in a shuttle bus.
Post # 4
@Cappugcino: Thank you so much! I have to talk to the wedding planner about rehearsing so we have an idea of where to go, what to do, etc…We’re hoping to keep our rehearsal dinner casual both because we don’t want to stress before the wedding (is that possible? hahahaha) and because of costs. Our DW is costing us more than we’d originally thought! But because we have people traveling so far for us, we feel like we should treat them to a very nice welcome dinner….ahhh, decisions, decisions.
Post # 5
We had a rehearsal and it was SO worth it, lol. We would have been totally lost if we didn’t!
Plus it helped us pinpoint the *exact* location of where we were having the ceremony. We scooted it back into the shade a little for our guests.
Post # 6
@WYAtocha: i just finished sending out invitations to the wedding party and to our parents for the rehearsal dinner. we are having our rehearsal first and then we’re going to dinner. the rehearsal shouldn’t take long since i have a very small wedding party.
Post # 7
@nixietink: Good point about figuring out the exact location of things! I’ve emailed our planner. Hopefully, she’ll let us rehearse the day before, around the same time our wedding will be, so we’ll know if the sun will blind everyone if the seats are set up on certain parts of the beach!
@TaurianDoll: Thank you!
Post # 8
@WYAtocha: Good idea! Our location was steps from the beach but on grass. I think everyone would have been miserable if we didn’t move the ceremony back about 15 feet or so.
Post # 9
We had a welcome dinner because we didn’t feel the need for a rehearsal (our ceremony was short and straight forward), plus we all of our guests from the wedding to attend dinner the night before.