Welcome, Welcome, One and All!

It feels like it’s been forever, hive. Bad, bad blogger! We’re right smack in the middle of some wedding tasks (save the dates, food tastings, Pre-Cana, oh my!) that I’ll be sharing soon, so those have kept me pretty busy. I also fail at all things required for Christmas—how did it still sneak up so fast when we’ve been complaining about it “being too early” since October? Note that I didn’t write a Holiday Gift Guide for you guys. Sorry, that’d be like the blind leading the blind (or just me telling you to go to Macy’s two days before Christmas and pick out what looks good like we did). It always turns out just fine, but it’s a crazy ride. Enough excuses for you? Good.

Let’s talk about something that we’ve got locked down and under control (and that I’m really excited about!)—the rehearsal dinner and the welcome party!

Two events? How much attention do we want? Well, a lot, but that’s not the point here.

Our church holds rehearsals for Saturday weddings on Thursday nights, as they usually have a Friday night wedding booked. I thought this would be a problem since by the time of the wedding four of my five bridesmaids will live out of town, but they’ve all said they’ll be able to come in by Thursday for the rehearsal. (They’re the best.) Most of our out-of-town guests probably won’t be arriving on Thursday, though, so the etiquette of inviting those guests to a rehearsal dinner didn’t really apply.

Sphinx’s parents are graciously hosting these events for us, and when I spoke with FMIL Pyramid we decided that two parties would work best. Something you must understand is that FMIL and FFIL Pyramid are party people. Every weekend they can be found going out to eat at somewhere cool or checking out some music at a concert or bar, so I knew that the events they are hosting would be absolutely awesome. For the rehearsal dinner we decided it would be just those who were necessary at the rehearsal itself: close family, bridal party, and their dates immediately following the rehearsal at the church. We had a restaurant in mind and went there for FMIL’s birthday before deciding, and it secured the venue for us!

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Photo via Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar

Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar is a new-ish restaurant in the uptown area (not too far from the church), and it’s got a lot of great New Orleans charm and creole dishes. Several of our local guests probably haven’t tried it yet, but it has plenty of classic foods for my out-of-town bridal party to get a taste of the city, literally.

We rented out the front patio that runs along St. Charles Avenue, and looks out on the streetcars running past.

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This is it set up for regular dining; we will have some longer tables put together. / Photo from superiorseafoodnola.com

If that isn’t Southern charm, I don’t know what is!

For dinner, we’ll be offering appetizers (TBD), an entree choice of shrimp & grits, chicken with crawfish sauce, or blackened fish with crawfish etouffee, bread pudding for dessert, and a full bar. We’ve tried all three entree offerings, and they’re all excellent. (Sphinx had the chicken dish last time and I nearly took it from him!)

So the rehearsal dinner will be an intimate, relaxing meal to get our wedding extravaganza weekend started.

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It’s also adorably decorated and has an oyster bar. Done and done. / Photo from superiorseafoodnola.com

The second event will be Friday night, and it will be more laid back and open to a few more guests. Our guest list doesn’t have a significant amount of out-of-towners, but with some family and friends coming from farther away, we certainly wanted to offer a little something to welcome those guests and be able to spend some more time with them. FMIL Pyramid and I had the same idea—Rock ‘n’ Bowl, of course!

Rock ‘n’ Bowl is a NOLA classic consisting of live music, a full bar, dance floor, and bowling lanes! They moved to this new location in 2009, and Sphinx and I have been several times with his parents to hear some bands (most frequently Sergeant Pepper, a Beatles tribute band!). It’s pretty centrally located in the city, and has a decent parking lot (always important).

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The bar, a chandelier (!), looking out on the dance floor. / Photo via Rock ‘n’ Bowl

They rent out to groups in the early evening, so the official party will wrap up around 9:30 PM. For the party, we’ll offer bowling, food, and drinks to our guests, and after that a band will start up! They haven’t posted who is playing yet, but I’m excited to see who it will be. We went to a birthday party there the other day, and we were set up just as we will be for the welcome party, so I liked being able to see the exact setup!

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Pictures from the birthday party we attended this weekend! Empty dance floor since there wasn’t a band at the time, but plenty of bowlers! / Personal photos

This will be a fun way to relax and see some guests before the big day, and really show everyone a good time for a few nights in a row!

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Photo via Trip Advisor

So I think all of this (along with a luncheon with my bridesmaids on that Friday) will be plenty enough, so we aren’t doing a Sunday brunch. Sphinx and I much appreciate not having to get up the next day, just in case we have a bit too much fun at the reception!

And a funny story about all of this—FMIL Pyramid wanted to book this before we headed to Disney World on our family trip back in October, so she went to both places in person on the Friday before we left. I was SO stressed at work, trying to prepare everything before we went out of town, I still had to pack, and several other wedding crazies. So when she texted me “Superior Seafood is booked,” I freaked out. I put my head down at my desk, felt like I got punched in the stomach, and wanted to cry at the idea of finding another restaurant when we were so won over by this place! I was all “Who books a restaurant seven months out for a Thursday?” Because I read that as it was already booked by someone else, not that she had booked it and we were good to go, which is what she meant. I was so stressed out that my mind immediately went to the bad. Once she clarified, I was cracking up laughing and so darn relieved.

Bride brain: it’s real, guys.

Are you having a formal dinner or a casual get together for a rehearsal dinner? Or a little of both?

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Mrs. Pyramid

Location:
New Orleans, LA
Wedding Date:
May 2014
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    msfilly 827 posts, Busy bee @ 3:52 pm

    Hope you had a great holiday! Your rehearsal dinner menu choices are TO DIE FOR, like I’m hungry just reading about it. And don’t even get me started on bride brain… it’s a little too real over here, haha.

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    Elise, Guest @ 4:12 pm

    The patio is so beautiful!!!

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    mscamera 300 posts, Helper bee @ 4:31 pm

    Hi, I dance, and I love bowling. I’ll be there on Friday. See you then!

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    texasaggiemom 595 posts, Busy bee @ 5:17 pm

    Yay Rock’n’Bowl! I just listened to a live broadcast from that classic establishment on our local public radio station last night, and added it to my bucket list. Sounds like your friends and family are going to be in for an entire weekend of fun!

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    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:42 pm

    Sounds like a great party! :) I love the FMIL Pyramid story, ha ha!

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    vttp926 946 posts, Busy bee @ 5:50 pm

    Can I come to the rehearsal dinner? The menu sounds awesome! I guess I need to drag my friends there the next time I am in town.

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    mspalmtree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:01 pm

    I think both nights sound very NOLA to me. I’d love to attend – especially the bowling/dancing extravaganza. You guys are going to have one hell of a weekend! :)

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:56 pm

    Sounds like soooo much fun!

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    mswallaby 2069 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:39 am

    I love Sergeant Pepper, we’ve seen them several times when we’ve been in NOLA!

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    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 5:54 am

    Rock ‘n Bowl sounds like an amazing place to have a welcome party! Hope the band is a good one :)

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    Mrs. Pyramid 100 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:54 am

    @Miss Filly: haha, I definitely had to write this post after lunch so I wouldn’t get too hungry!

    @Elise: It really is, I love it!

    @Mrs. Camera: We’ll be waiting for you ;-)

    @TexasAggieMom: It’s a great place to check out some music, because it’s inside and not too expensive, and there’s no smoking – which I appreciate because I hate coming home to smell like an ashtray.

    @Miss Wellies: We definitely had some laughs retelling that to our family afterwards haha!

    @vttp926: It’s a pretty good place! They’ve also got really good chargrilled oysters – we’ll probably have to add a few orders of those! The two times I have been, we had reservations, so I’m not sure how crowded they normally are.

    @Mrs. Palm Tree: That’s the plan! Although I don’t want to stay out toooo late on Friday night. I’ve got important things to do the next day!

    @Mrs. Wallaby: I’m really hoping that they’re the band the night before, since we love them and it’ll be so different from what we’re doing at the reception!

    @Mrs. Road Trip: I check the calendar pretty often to see if they have someone listed. When we first talked about this, May wasn’t even listed on the calendar and now it’s got one band in it! It means time is flying!

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    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 6:38 am

    Rock n Bowl welcome dinner?! That is the most amazing idea ever! I am so jealous!

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    mswaterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:28 am

    What does one wear to a rock n bowl welcome dinner as a bride? Because dresses and bowling sounds like a recipe for flashing your guests ;)

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