Post # 1
To give everyone an idea of our rehearsal dinner “idea” because nearly all of our guests are traveling we are having a “pre-wedding celebration” rather than a rehearsal dinner, inviting all of the guests to join us for cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres. We planned on hosting this from 6-9. Does it sound ok to only be serving cocktails and heavy hors d’oevres as long as we indicate on the “pre-wedding celebration” card that we will be serving this? (so that guests don’t expect a full meal)? After thinking about our rehearsal dinner, I thought that it may be a better idea to host a small dinner for just our bridal party and immediate family then have only cocktails for the “pre-wedding celebration” from 7-9 rather than 6-9. I am so torn between the two ideas. Let me know your opinion bees 🙂
Post # 3
You could call it a Welcome Party and still have an intimate rehearsal dinner. Could you serve hor d’oeurves as well?
Post # 4
We are doing the same thing!
My inlaws very generously offered to host the rehearsal dinner, but want to invite the bridal party and parents only. So we are going to host a cocktail party afterwards at a local bar (close to the hotel everyone is staying at) for our out of town guests.
Post # 5
We’re doing something similar…Fiance parents are hosting a rehearsal dinner for our bridal party, parents and grandparents which I assume will run from 6:00-8;30pm or so…and then they are hosting a dessert/cocktail reception for all of our Out of Town guests from 8:30-10:30pm…
Post # 6
If you state that you are holding a welcome reception with cocktails and heavy hors d’oevres from 6-9 pm, chances are that most of your guests will make a meal out of the hors d’oevres, so make sure you have plenty.
Post # 7
For our rehearsal dinner we are doing a cookout with hamburgers and hot dogs, maybe roasting marshmellows afterwards. Its going to be very chill and it will give everyone time to just relax and enjoy the scenery and the occassion! My Fiance and I didnt want it to be too stuffy/uptight like some Rehearsal Dinner can be.
Also, we are just inviting the Bridal Party. We have a few Out of Town guests but not enough that would constitute a seperate event for them (aside from the wedding).
Plus, we wanted to do something low-key because we want everyone to be surprised on the Big Day!
@MissMask– It’s totally fine to do cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres only, it’s your wedding and if thats what you’d like to have then go for it! Maybe include a list of local restaurants/bakeries, etc that people can get a full meal afterwords or before?
Post # 8
I said just do the cocktails and heavy apps. It’s only a 3 hour event, not all day.
My family that is coming from oot will be included in the Rehearsal Dinner… I just cannot afford to do a separate event. It’ll be at my house, and very low key. My mom and stepdad are cooking and we’ll just get to chill, relax and catch up (after the bp practices of course).
Post # 9
Just need to feed the party since they will be at rehearsal and won’t be able to eat!!