Post # 1
Because of food allergies of a number of our family and wedding party, there is ONE safe place where everyone can eat for our rehersal dinner on Tuesday.
The problem is it’s about a 20-25 minute drive from our venue. I don’t love this at all! The other thing I don’t love is they don’t seem super enthused about hosting a party of 20.
I ve been turning over the idea in my mind of asking a family member who is not in the wedding (but attending the dinner) of picking up take out and having a picnic in the park. It would be very casual, dress and everything. However, the picnic tables may not be free but I could bring picnic blankets and such. It’s a Tuesday so they would likely be free! I can buy a bunch of drinks and costco. It will also be probably 20% less expensive which is a consideration. What do you think?
Post # 2
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
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
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
- 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
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).