(Closed) Rehearsal dinner at park venue or at restaurant?

posted 4 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I don’t know your location, but I wouldn’t force anyone to sit on the ground. No tables would be a deal-breaker. But then consider the temperature, humidity, bugs and other people at a park. I’m just not sure the trade-off would be worth it.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Could you host it at your home? Or a family member/friend’s home? The logistics of doing it in the park seem risky. 

In all honesty, I don’t think a 20min drive is bad at all. 

Post # 4
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Wannabee

I don’t think the drive time would be bad, but I would definitely consider the impression you get of them not wanting to host a group of 20 people.  The bad service you could potentially get wouldn’t really be worth having tables.  I agree with PP about hosting it at your home or a friend/family member’s home.  If no one has a big space you could even see about renting a social room of an apartment complex if you or a friend live there.  

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

Between sitting on the ground and a 20 min drive I’ll take the drive. I actually like a casual day at the park and don’t mind sitting on the grass when the mood strikes but if you can host everyone at a location with seating I think thats best.  

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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littlecats :  a 20-25 min drive is reasonable. while you could do the park, it will add to your stress level, i promise. right now it might not seem like a big deal to arrange for a family member to get food, and pick up drinks at costco, but there’s also plates, and clean up, and ice, etc. none of which sounds crazy right now…but as a bride who just got married 3 weeks ago, i can tell you that you will appreciate not having anything additional to worry about or do right before your wedding. you will be stressed enough, and have enough stuff on your plate, that it’s totally worth the $ to spend making the dinner and food and everything someone else’s responsibility (i.e. the restaurant’s).

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