So, once I get started thinking, I get started looking for images, photographs, and ideas to inspire me. I can’t remember how Matt and I started talking about the rehearsal dinner this weekend…but once we got going, the ideas happily flew.
Of course I returned to Style Me Pretty, but in the meantime I’ve also discovered Hostess with the Mostess, who has darling themed party ideas. This first inspiration board is from a “real wedding” from SMP–obviously very different, as they are on a beach, but I like the details.
I especially like her dress, and the fancy soda. Somehow things like fancy soda, or special candies, always make parties more festive.
Hostess with Mostess put together a theme of “Double Happiness.” I know a lot of couples use this for weddings, or showers. I love the paper lanterns and bright colors. We have a great idea already for centerpieces…but we can’t tell, because it will be a surprise for our guests.
Imagine little colored take-out containers, for the actual take-out and for the treats for our guests… I even have a darling handbag that is shaped like a Chinese take-out container, but with gold and gilded fabric.
Now, some images from Pho Grand, and India’s Rasoi–two or our most favorite St. Louis restaurants.
Here’s a pretty photo of an “informal” rehearsal dinner buffet.
Finally, I can describe Emmanuel’s parish hall. (I’ll have to check with the office this week to see if this is even possible.) It’s a large room, with a commercial kitchen off to the side, and the kitchen has a long window that opens to a counter. There is a small stage at the front, that small children love to climb upon. Matt and I were thinking of projecting a series of photographs from my laptop to the wall throughout the dinner, and having music.
We would also have readings. The BCP does not allow for secular readings, and some of my favorites are from poems and novels. I definitely want to include this sort of reading, and allow friends and family to participate in this way. I know that Matt and I will also take this opportunity to toast our families and friends, and perhaps receive toasts.
Logistically, we can have gotten and placed wine, beer, and soft drinks in the kitchen ahead of time, and can send uncle-type people, or friends not involved in the rehearsal itself, but coming to the dinner, around to pick up the food from the restaurants. Matt’s mom suggested Panera, which I think is an excellent addition, especially for the kiddos.
And, with potentially seventy or more guests at this little shindig, it might turn out to be a mini-reception. But I’m still not going to be a “two dress bride.”