Semi Casual Rehearsal Dinner
I have read that tradition and etiquette dictate that out-of-town guests, as well as the wedding party, are to be included in the rehearsal dinner. But what happens when half (or more) of your guests are traveling to the wedding? I’ve seen this handled three ways: 1. you throw a more casual dinner and truly include everyone, 2. you host a smaller dinner and then open it up to the whole guest list afterward for cocktails, or 3. you throw all that to the wind and do whatever suits the situation best. Personally, I wasn’t comfortable with option 3, and option 1 was cost prohibitive…so we decided to throw a small dinner with a casual cocktail party to follow!
After we rehearse on Friday, our families, our priest, and our friends who are participating in the wedding ceremony will attend our rehearsal dinner. Considering that we are going Full Traditional for our wedding cuisine, we wanted to do something different and a little more “us” for the rehearsal dinner.
We decided to hold it at a fun and trendy Indian bistro just down the road from our church.* Tandoor Char House is run by two young brothers and has amazing food & a great ambiance, and is always packed. We’re placing an order beforehand and will dine family style…keep the chicken tikka masala coming, bro.
Happily, the restaurant is also BYO, and since alcohol is deeply important to us (LOL), we were very deliberate in choosing what we would serve. We settled on bringing some sauvignon blanc and a delicious red blend from Koehler, our favorite winery, along with some ales from one of the best American breweries right now, 3 Floyds. They are located in Indiana and are difficult to find outside of this part of the country, so we’re looking forward to sharing them with our beer-loving friends.
I am not doing any sort of decorating for the dinner, as we will be seated in the regular dining room and I also just can’t be bothered. But we had fun picking out a digital invitation from Paperless Post to send! We stuck to our wedding palette and general invitation design, and I love the ring detail at the top.
What an age we’re living in! | Image via Paperless Post
After dinner, we hope all of our guests will join us for beers and apps at a local Irish pub, the Galway Arms. This is where we will see many of our guests for the first time in a long time (years, in some cases), and I just can’t wait!
What are your rehearsal dinner plans?
*This did take a bit of gentle convincing of my lovely FMIL, but we are confident that everyone will be really pleased in the end!