Post # 1
Have any of your had a rehearsal brunch instead of a dinner? If you did a brunch, did you do the actual rehearsal before, or after?
We are thinking of doing a rehearsal brunch to cut down on food and alcohol costs, doing the rehearsal at our winery venue, then treating everyone to a wine tasting while we are there. We’re just not sure how this will go over with out-of-towners who will have to get there perhaps earlier than they would for the dinner. Also, with that schedule, when should the sappy toasting-making occur, at the brunch, or the wine tasting?
Post # 3
Well, our place makes our rehearsal happen at 11 or 12. So we toyed with the idea of doing it mid-day, but thought that the break between it all would be nice.
How will you save on food and alcohol if you pay for brunch, then pay for wine? Or are you just letting your guests buy their own bottles? You could just buy a few bottles….or not include alcohol with your rehearsal dinner. We aren’t. We’re buying alcohol the day OF the wedding so we felt it was unnecessary to provide it the evening beore.
Post # 4
I would think it would be hard for the out-of-town people to get there in time for a brunch, but if you do it that way, you could just do wedding party and family. That would certainly cut down on the costs.
Post # 5
I say go for it. We’re doing a rehearsal picnic. Our venue is a park, so we’re having everyone come out to it, and doing gourmet boxed lunches and doing it up picnic style. Bringing bottles of wine, blankets, etc. I think it will be a lot of fun and relaxed.
We’re not much for the traditional or expected. People will just be happy to be a part of your day, and spend time with you.
Post # 6
I think the concept of a Rehearsal Dinner brunch is fine. But if you have a lot of people coming in from Out of Town, it might be tough. How far away are they traveling? How many people? Can you ask them if they are likely to get in early? Maybe for some, since they’d be traveling during the day on Friday (and would be taking off work), leaving Thursday night wouldn’t be that big of a deal.
And will the rehearsal be before the brunch? My preference would be that food come after the rehearsal. But it’s probably not a big deal, especially with a fun wine tasting after.
I would check with those who will be effected by this to see if this is a problem. Or if you are wanting to save money, have the wine tasting, then a casual Rehearsal Dinner at your house, or a less expensive restaurant, after…
Post # 7
We will be having our rehearsal at 11:00am, then a Rehearsal Lunch at 12. The OOTers know that they may miss it, but that just means they get to relax the day before the wedding. Usually toasting occurs during a meal, but I’m sure there will be plenty of toasting at the wine tasting (since you don’t serve alcohol with brunch, so what would they toast with anyway?).
Post # 8
Thanks for the help so far ladies, here’s a little more info for you:
The plan is to serve mimosas as the only alcoholic beverages at the brunch, rather than a full bar. Also, a wine tasting is only $10 per person, so we sould likely still be saving money. The rehearsal meal will only include the immediate family and bridal party, but since we are all at least one hour and up to 7 hours away from the venue, we are basically all out of towners.
Still not sure what will work best, but you’ve definitely given me more to consider. Thanks!