(Closed) IDK what to do anymore- rehearsal and reception too similar?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
6238 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

just serve a sit down lunch- it will be easier, and who really cares? it’ll be a totally different day. You’re overthinking it.

Post # 4
8575 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Whatever you decide to do isn’t a big deal at all. Nobody will complain if they sit down and eat two days in a row.

Post # 5
1589 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Will the reception have any kind of dancing? I’ve been to two dw weddings (one in the mountains, one in puerto rico). Each had a rehersal meal at the same resort as the wedding, but the receptions were unique bc of dancing.

Post # 6
9951 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I would think them quite different…

  • Rehearsal Dinner at Night – Wedding Lunch in the Afternoon 
  • Two Different Locales
  • And at one you are the Happy Bride … so very different right there.

If it bothers you a lot, maybe make the Rehearsal Dinner eats different from what you have chosen for the Reception.

Nothing says that the Rehearsal Dinner has to be fussy… even Pizza or Sandwiches is quite acceptable !!


Post # 7
3256 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Tbblount:  People will find both events lovely, and will love the water.  Even if they are a little similar, it will just contribute to the overall feel of your wedding.  People will go away remembering one or two specific things that resonate with them as funny, meaningful, whatever, and the general feeling of the whole experience.  No one is going to complain that their two free meals were in restaurants that were too similar.

Post # 9
47204 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Tbblount:  You are definitely overthinking. Many people commonly have a sit down dinner followed by a sit down lunch the next day.

Post # 10
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Tbblount: Both our rehearsal dinner and reception have similar vibes.  They are both on the water, in the same town.  When planning the menu, I found that I was feeling the same way you are.  Menu sounded the same…didn’t want to be repetative for the big day.  

Since our rehearsal is a lot smaller, we are going for a lobster bake.  It’s special, fancy, and very ‘new england’ but people will be able to do self service, sit where they like, and things will be more casual.  We can afford the nicer food options for a smaller crowd.  For the wedding reception, we will have some seafood, but are making sure our main dish is a steak option, plated dinner, a little more formal. I didn’t want two heavy steak meals in a row for people attending both. 

Many try mixing up the menu, but don’t over think it.  As long as you don’t end up with 3 identical meals, no one will notice.


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