One of These Things Is Not Like the Other

Let’s play a wee game. (Sometimes I talk Scottish just for fun. Wee = little, just in case that wasn’t clear.)

I’m going to show you four different photos of four different couples and you guys tell me for which couple would it make sense to host their rehearsal dinner at a restaurant called Cowboy Jacks.


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If you guessed Couple Number Three (AKA the Swords) you guessed correctly! Mr. Sword and I are hosting our rehearsal dinner at Cowboy Jacks. I can say with full confidence there is no restaurant more opposite of our tastes. I would describe Mr. Sword and myself as modern and minimalistic city folk. Originally we had envisioned this sophisticated and chic Chicago style rehearsal dinner, but that didn’t seem to be in the cards. Instead, this (see below) is now in our future.


Image via Cowboy Jacks

Yes, that is a mechanical bull. While this restaurant has excellent food (burgers, just like we wanted) and a private room (so hard to find a big enough room for all of our OOTGs), it’s definitely a bit out of my comfort zone!


Even though there are animal carcasses on the walls and rifles in place of door handles, it’s LITERALLY across the parking lot from our hotel and that makes it perfect for the Swords. Our main goal was to get the guests out of the hotel for at least some part of the weekend (since ceremony, reception, and Sunday brunch are all in the one location), and at first we were looking into a few restaurants at the Mall of America. The MOA is really close and would have been relatively simple because of the free shuttles that are offered from our hotel. Plus, it would have allowed our guests to enjoy one of Minnesota’s best attractions, but, unfortunately, between a lack of space and private rooms, and ridiculously over-priced menus (because they can), we opted for a closer location. After all, this wasn’t the first time we had made a decision based on practicality.


Funniest comment so far (as I’m sure this will be a running joke in my family for years) was when Mom Sword said, “I hope the Scottish people don’t end up assuming that all of America looks like this!” And the thing is Mom Sword LOVES country music and is super excited about our choice of Cowboy Jacks, but it’s comical to think about how the the first “American experience” Mr. Sword and I will be showing our out-of-country guests won’t have anything to do with our personal interests!

So, is anyone else hosting a rehearsal dinner somewhere that reflects a completely different style or decor than they’re used to? I feel like a lot of people would totally get into Cowboy Jacks; would this be the perfect place for your rehearsal dinner or wedding?


Mrs. Sword

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  1. Member
    Sa0306 122 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:24 pm

    Yes, we are both hispanic and are looking at having our rehearsal dinner at a German restaurant.

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    cicijapan 263 posts, Helper bee @ 6:07 pm

    Your Scottish guest will love the “American” experience!

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