Post # 1
Planning a lavish spring wedding in Toronto. My FI’s parents are both Czech and as such are friends with the owners of an incredible Czech restaurant (almost a deli) food is incredible and I thought it would be great to have the rehearsal dinner there.
At first they said, oh goodness no, it isnt fancy enough, you cant bring your family there, I said, I grew up in NYC, my mom spent her childhood in Rome, not likely any place is going to impress them any more than great food from his heritage. Now they agree.
Here’s the problem, obviously I have to invite my entire wedding party and any out of town guests, the place wont hold more than 30 and thats pushing it with rented tables, now I realise I might (might) get as many as 40. The only idea i can come up with is to try (if its even possible) to get permission to do everyone outside on the sidewalk. Currently they dont have any outside seating, its not something that is done there but the other businesses would be closed, I thought maybe just maybe I could get a filming permit and manage it that way.
Am I crazy? Do I have to abort the mission? Any other ideas?
Post # 3
You do not have to invite out of town guests to the Rehearsal Dinner. Some couples do but it is entirely optional.
The rehearsal dinner was traditionally held to thank the wedding party for their time and support and to ensure that both families had met prior to the wedding.
Post # 4
Before you do that – there is no rule that you have to invite any out of town guests to the Rehearsal Dinner. It is traditionally only for the immediate families and wedding pary. I’ve only been to a few weddings where I was invited to the Rehearsal Dinner if I wasn’t in the wedding.
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Post # 6
We are having strictly bridal party at the rehearsal dinner (and parents and grandparents.) From there we are having a welcome cocktail reception. Perhaps you can invite the Out of Town guests for a drink or two somewhere after the RD?
Post # 7
Another idea would be to rent another venue (or use someone’s home) and bring in catering from this restaurant?
Post # 8
@Melissa, thought of the home idea, just dont have access to one, I dont live there and his parents live an hour out of the city. @ Everyone…thanks for your ideas, I dont think I can possibly not invite Out of Town guests, its what is always done in my circle and I think everyone will be expecting it. GRR
Short of a filming permit (I will try) does anyone know if a restaurant can get such permission?