Man, the latest big to-dos—honeymoon and a rehearsal plan—are taking us forever. I think I first started sending out inquiries for rehearsal dinner spots four MONTHS ago, and we’re finally getting around to booking something. Whoops.
Wolfman’s parents have graciously offered to host the rehearsal dinner—which is amazing—but it’s pretty hard to plan from afar, so we’re tackling it. I emailed basically every restaurant within a few mile radius of our venue, thinking we’ll definitely rehearse there so it’d be most convenient to be close (walking distance, ideally). But alas—no big surprise here—DC is expensive. For a friday night, the private dining minimums were crazy. It was especially frustrating because some of the restaurants we love had great options for rehearsal spaces—but simply because it was a private event, the prices for food increased by THREE TIMES from the normal menu price. It was a little hard to stomach when, ostensibly, if it were possible to make a normal reservation for 35, we would be paying less than half of what their private dining minimum was. LAME.
So, we started inquiring closer to where we live, in Arlington. And we figured we might as well accept the inevitable and go to Lyon Hall:
(image via Arbour Realty)
Lyon Hall is our “spot.” It’s a block away from our house. We go there for dinner about once a week, the hostesses know us, and the bartenders know our beer orders (Zywiec Pilsner for him, Hitachino Nest White for me). It’s where we went the night we got engaged. They have a private dining room…with a minimum fee less than HALF of what we were seeing in the city. We don’t pick our menu for a while (they rotate often), but since I’ve had basically every dish I know it’ll be tasty.
The only issue—it’s not close to the venue. We’re going to have to figure out transportation from the city back to Arlington (and then back out again for the majority of the folks staying in a hotel). This isn’t impossible, of course—just something to think about. Further, since our venue is also an event space, there’s a huge likelihood that they’ll be hosting something that Friday, so we might need to even find an alternative rehearsal spot. (That these will definitely be last-minute decisions really throws a wrench in my organization level.)
Did you have your rehearsal dinner far away from your wedding venue?