{real dilemmas} rehearsal dinner alternative

Ah, wedding logistics… There are so many details and so many people to please. But there are also so many options and alternatives to the standard wedding traditions these days. And that’s where I’m here to help! A reader asked me for advice on her rehearsal dinner – Her dilemma? How to include some very important people in the rehearsal dinner who aren’t in the wedding party or are immediate family without totally blowing the budget? 

Her biggest issue here is where does she draw the line on who to invite – If she starts including those VIP’s and out-of-towners, as well as the wedding party and family, it almost becomes another wedding – and breaks the bank! There’s definitely the option of having a small rehearsal dinner and then joining everyone for drinks after – But that doesn’t solve her dilemma of making those certain special guests feel included… My solution? Host a cocktail party instead of a rehearsal dinner!

passed champagne

Who doesn’t love a good cocktail party?! You’ll save some money by just having drinks and hors d’oeuvres – Your guests will get their sit-down dinner the next night. You can invite more people, especially those VIP’s – But don’t feel obligated to invite every wedding guest! You still want to make it feel special for those VIP’s. And it can still have that celebratory and festive feel you’re looking for!

Of course, this won’t be the solution for everyone, but it sounds like a good option in this case. So, what do you think? Would you opt for a cocktail party instead of a traditional rehearsal dinner?

photo via Ann Street Studio

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