Once the rehearsal was over, everyone jumped in the car to head to dinner. While Mr. MC and I had a lot of wedding guests come in from out of town, our wedding was late enough in the day on Saturday that guests felt comfortable coming in late Friday night or early Saturday afternoon, which meant that we could keep our rehearsal dinner small and not worry about excluding anyone. It was a random group: both of our immediate families, one of my aunts, two of Mr. MC’s cousins, and one of our officiants. But everyone got along perfectly, which was wonderful.
Mr. MC’s parents got our opinions on a few things, but they really planned the entire rehearsal dinner themselves, and it was clear how much thought they put into it. We met at a bar trivia night that took place in a bar with a restaurant attached, so Mr. MC’s parents decided to have the rehearsal dinner in that restaurant. (Is that not the most thoughtful thing ever?)
They also chose a buffet dinner to switch it up a little from our reception (plated dinner) and to allow everyone to mingle throughout the night. I loved being able to move from seat to seat and see everyone else doing the same, especially when Mr. MC’s siblings ended up sitting near my parents to chat with them and vice versa.