(Closed) Casual welcome/rehearsal dinner advice

posted 7 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I vote low country boil!!  It would make the weekend so festive and get everyone ready for your big day.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Is there any room for compromise? I don’t know how much work is involved in a low country boil and fish fry as I’ve never been to one. If it truly is a fair amount of work as your mom thinks, could you still host the OOT’s but do something else? pizza? pasta? chowder, biscuits and dessert? traditional picnic with salads and cold cuts?

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I like the idea of the big rehersal dinner–that’s pretty nice and makes everyone feel welcomed for the weekend!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am sure it would be a ton of fun to do a party with all out of town guests; however, I have to agree with you mom that it sounds like too much work to do yourself the night before your wedding.  The morning of the day before my wedding was spent doing last minute errands.  That afternoon I got a pedicure with the girls.  We also had a simi destination wedding at a rented estate and we did do the big rehearsal dinner; however, ours was catered.   Even with the catering we still had to do our rehearsal and of course we were running a bit late. Once we finally ate we were able to sit back and relax a little and have some fun, but I can tell you there is NO way I would have had time to cook a thing.  My family was also busy that day and I am very thankful that they didn’t have the added stress of trying to figure out when to cook and present food to everyone.  If you really want to do the big party see if you can find a less expensive catering option….don’t put the extra stress on your mom.  Also, who is paying for the dinner?  That will help dictate the plan.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think it would be perfectly manageable to have the low country boil/fish fry. Granted, I have never been to a low country boil, but at our summer campground we do fish fries often, and by the time you get our group of families together, there are over 40 of us, easy. If you’ve got someone who agrees to be in charge of the food, it’s really not that much work at all, especially if things are laid out and ready to go.

I’m a big advocate of do what makes you as a couple happy, because it’s your wedding, and your memories to build. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My bridal party and future SIL are bbqing for our welcome dinner for our guests.  We all are staying on the same block.  I think it’s going to be fun, and bbqing is always a social activity.  I vote for DIY and save some money.

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