Post # 1
We were thinking about having the rehearsal dinner at Mr GK’s parents home, and the more I think about having it in their garage, the tacker it gets in my head. There is a wine store with a rent out room in our town. Could we do a 2 hour wine tasting and have hors dourves of substance instead of a sit down dinner? Do we call it a rehearsal dinner? A rehearsal reception? How do we let our guests know that we are hosting it so if people think its tacky, they blame us, not them? Or should we call it a welcome reception for our out of town guests in lieu of a rehearsal dinner??? We have 50 people including party and out of towners.
Post # 3
A friend of mine just recently had their rehearsal reception doing wine tasting and heavy hors d’ourves. It was not a formal sit down dinner, and everyone loved it! It was a big hit to have the wine tasting. Sounds like a great idea to me. Good luck!
Post # 4
I also vote for the wine and hors d’oeuvres welcome reception…. actually sounds quite sophisticated and I’m sure it will make it easier for people to mingle and make their own fun! Just a thought, though: is 2 hours going to be enough time?
Post # 5
Another thing you could do is a dessert reception. I don’t know the details of the venues available to you, but even a nice suite in a hotel where guests are staying or small space you could rent, or your fiance’s parents house would be fine. You could do pretty desserts, a chocolate fountain if you like it, candy buffet and just wine and champagne, etc.
I know what you mean about wanting to be clear about who is hosting to limit liability, but at the same time, and I don’t mean this in a rude way, they’re still your guests and you should still concern yourself with ensuring that they are treated nicely and have a good time. Every event connected to your wedding will contribute to your guests’ experience of your wedding, not to mention yours and your fiance’s!
I think you should be clear with your future in-laws about what you’d like and graciously thank them for hosting it. In my opinion, the most gracious way of acknowledging who is hosting something is to thank them at the event for doing so.
Post # 6
If its going to be a formal dinner in the garage, then you’re right it will be REALLY tacky but if its just a casual BBQ or taco night, it might be more comfortable for a lot of your guests. remember the next day will be uber formal so it might be nice to let everyone get to know eachother in casual enviroment.