- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2010
I’m trying to draft a description of our welcome dinner, and am pretty stuck on wording that will make it very clear what’s happening.
We’re hosting a welcome dinner for out-of-town guests the night before our wedding (similar to a rehearsal dinner) and are hosting dinner and drinks for them for the night. Thing is, we have a lot of in-town friends (half our guest list) who know the Out of Town friends—lots of college people, etc.—and want to come see them/hang out.
We want to invite the in-town guests to join us after dinner for drinks, but do not want FI’s parents, who are paying, to have to host their drinks too….so basically it would be a cash bar for in-town guests. The restaurant is set up well for this—they have a separate bar area right next to our room—but there will also be free-flowing pitchers and beer/wine on the table for dinner guests, so I’m envisioning this getting a bit chaotic.
What’s a good way to communicate to our in-town guests what the plan/expectations are so that no one is surprised or confused? (They will only have the info on the website to go on, since only Out of Town guests are getting formal invites to the dinner, so I want to be sure I have it right!) Is it better to turn the whole thing into a cash bar after, say, 9 pm? (Dinner goes from 7-11 pm.) That seems rude to Out of Town guests, many of whom are coming a really long way….but just not sure how to handle this. For whatever it’s worth, the group is adults in their mid-30s and a handful of older relatives and young children (both of whom, I imagine, will disappear before it gets too late). Any ideas would be great—thanks!!