Welcome Dinner Blues
Posted 22 February 2007 - 03:44 PM
Yes, we are hosting a welcome dinner the Thursday night before the wedding. I don't know that its totallly necessary, but here are my reasons for doing it:
1. These people came all this way, paid for their airfare & accomodations to come to OUR WEDDING! They didn't have to do that...I think this is a nice way to show them how much we appreciate their effort.
2. I want our friends/family to have a chance to mingle & get to know each other before the wedding.
3. I want to acquaint people with the down town & beach area (most are staying in the cooridor) - how better than to start w/drinks &dinner on the beach & then go out afterward?
4. I want to set the tone for a fun, relaxing weekend.
Posted 22 February 2007 - 04:38 PM
Anyway we are doing just a taco bar with open domestic (Mexican beer, margaritas, etc.) at Baja Cantina.
However I think appetizers w/ drinks is more than acceptable and actually very lovely! It's just as nice as having a dinner and hopefully cheaper! I also love the idea of doing a bonfire with marshmallow roast on the beach instead!
Posted 22 February 2007 - 04:59 PM
Posted 23 February 2007 - 01:36 AM
| Originally Posted by Nrvsbride |
I am however a little confused by your other question. You wanted to know what was wrong with a cocktail reception with just appetizers and set drinks. Do you mean as an alternative to the welcome dinner or did you mean for the actual wedding reception?
Posted 23 February 2007 - 02:02 AM
i agree that a welcome dinner is not necessary at all...but i will tell you, we had one and it really kickstarted our trip.
people got to mingle and get to know each other...also the event was more casual and fun then the reception..
for us, we really wanted to do as much for our family and friends as possible as a "thank you" for coming all this way.
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Posted 23 February 2007 - 02:08 AM
I'm stealing a few of your ideas because they are really good. I like tacos and drinks, appetizers and drinks, something where we can compromise. That cash bar sounds good too now that I am thinking of how much my guests drink even when they aren't on vacation!
My FI and I actually have a budget for dinner but my parents kind of convinced me that a cocktail party is enough. I'm already giving them nice OOT bags so that, some drinks, and some munchies will do.
I might do something unusual and save a little money for once . . . well save it so I can spend it during the honeymoon
Posted 23 February 2007 - 02:30 AM
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Posted 23 February 2007 - 03:43 AM
I appreciate that people are going to my wedding but hey I'm already spending a LOT, maybe it sound kinda mean.
But I think in the end they'll also appreciate our effort and no one will be mad 'cause we didn't paid for their dinner the day before..
Just my 2 cents..
Posted 23 February 2007 - 04:33 AM
I'll check into a reception with appetizers and MAYBE alcohol, but as I mentioned before, my people can drink, and we're already paying for them to drink unlimited on the boat to the wedding, a mini cocktail reception before the wedding starts, at the reception, and on the boat back to town.
Damn, what was I thinking? These people get taquitos and coke, that's good enough!!! Cash bar it is!!! Being all together in one place is the main point anyway. After that, whoever needs a meal can arrange that from there. Thanks for putting it in perspective and letting me vent!!
Posted 23 February 2007 - 05:46 AM
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