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Rehearsal Dinner? Welcome Cocktail Party?

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#1 stephv710

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    Posted 24 October 2008 - 12:48 AM

    My daughter and I have been discussing this at length and neither one of us know what to do. She is getting married in Vegas with about 35-40 people coming. She wants a rehearsal dinner for the wedding party and parents, but it is really cost prohibitive. Grooms parents have informed them that they are not paying for anything and we are already paying for reception and Sunday brunch after.

    On the other hand, I kind of feel like there should be some sort of welcome event; maybe just a no host meet and greet for all guests in the hotel bar.

    How do we have just the wedding party get together, plus greet all the guests in one evening

    I know you all have great ideas!

    #2 jenluvsmike

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      Posted 02 November 2008 - 10:31 PM

      Typically, the groom's parents are supposed to host the rehearsal dinner. But, if they have already insisted that they are not paying for anything (which I think is silly...) then you have to be creative. Your daughter will be stressed, so try to make this seem as easy as possible!

      I think a nice meet-and-greet at the bar in one of the hotels/casinos would be great! It's not like it's a sit-down dinner or anything over-the-top, but at least you are all getting together, having a few drinks, and continuing the night exploring Vegas - people can stay at the casino and gamble, go to a night club, relax at a jazz bar....there are sooooo many options - you're in Vegas afterall!!

      You and your daughter can put together a little welcome newsletter too, that highlights all of the events happening during your stay! A lot of other brides are doing welcome bags (OOT bags) or shirts or something that you can hand out at the welcome party - we're going to do the t-shirt thing, it's just easier for us!

      Well, hope this helps,...let me know if there is anything I can help you with!

      #3 YoursTruly

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        Posted 03 November 2008 - 11:35 AM

        I agree that a venue in a hotel is a great idea. WHat you could also consider as well is a conference room or a church facility where you could consider having the rehearsal and having light refreshments. I love the fact that the traditional rules don't HAVE to apply. You could have the venue at either place and have catered light hor d ouvres or someone cater something simple like pasta dishes/salad, etc. especially since you are budget sensitive. I wish you well.

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