@Med2012. You will Love Le Blanc! I did my site visit last year! During my site visits. I told the WC of all my Preferences for my Welcome Pary, Wedding, Cocktail hour and reception and she noted that.
I will probably have the Rehearsal for the Wedding party 1 hour before the Welcome Party Cocktail Hour . I' just want to do something quick and less formal. Most of guests will be flying in that day so I know they will be tired from traveling so I dont want to keep them up all night long. Just a little Hello and Introductions and a few Margaritas!
So then people can just come to the Welcome party say hello and then go off to dinner on their own and get ready for the next day which will be the wedding!