Wedding Rehearsal Dinner: Casual Rehearsal Dinner for Formal Wedding?
I have a very close family -- in fact, five of my cousins are in my wedding. Because we are so close, I fear that not only will my cousins and their dates attend the rehearsal dinner, but also so will their parents (my aunts and uncles) and siblings. I don't have the heart to forbid them from attending, but I will have more than 45 people at the dinner. Would it be all right to have the rehearsal dinner at a casual Italian restaurant? My wedding is very formal and I'm worried this might seem tacky. My in-laws are concerned that they will look cheap, but I think it would be fun for everyone to get to know each other. What do you think?
The rehearsal dinner is the perfect opportunity to let your families get to know each other in a more casual atmosphere. Your idea is not tacky at all -- and guests will probably really enjoy it! The formal wedding will be that much nicer and more fun because all the key players are already comfortable with each other. And a "casual" rehearsal dinner doesn't mean it's unstylish.