If you’re here for a Fitness Friday post, I am sorry to disappoint! Unfortunately, the person who does my fit evals no longer works at my gym—something I just found out last night. So, I have to make an appointment with a new guy to do an eval and I won’t be able to get in until next week. In the meantime, however, I wanted to talk a little more about our rehearsal dinner.
As a reminder, my “goal” for wedding planning is to have absolutely nothing to do during wedding week, ala Miss Star on Weddingbee. As such, I have been trying to tackle everything and anything I can ahead of time, to continue to stay ahead of the game. Since we booked our rehearsal dinner last week, I decided why not go ahead and plan the food, decor, and invitations right away, so that it’s all out of the way and done…so this week, I’ve been doing just that!
When we were exploring different options for our dinner, one idea we tossed around was to hold the dinner at a local Mexican restaurant. Dr. Groomy is WELL KNOWN among our friends and family for his love of insanely spicy foods (I swear, he has no taste buds), so Mexican is one of his favorite meals to eat out. We ended up nixing the idea, as we were afraid that authentic Mexican would not bode well for some of our guests. When we booked our dinner at Flannery’s, though, we were delighted to see that they had an option for a taco bar! Perfect…everybody loves tacos, and guests can customize them how they like. Once we decided that, it was very easy to pick out a “theme” for the dinner: we’re having a fiesta!
I was very inspired by this rehearsal dinner seen on Style Me Pretty. Here in Milwaukee, we are very lucky to have Broadway Paper, a lovely paper and stationery store in town. I immediately hopped over there to get my creative juices flowing, and ended up picking a color palette we both really love! Then, I set about designing invites and other stationery to go with the theme. Let’s start with the invites first, shall we?
I fell in love with long envelopes and decided they would be perfect for these invites:
I created a wrap around label thanks to some help via Twitter from these lovely ladies. Em is even going to send me some of her labels to use—thanks girl! Close-up:
Let’s open it up!
I am seriously in love with this color combo—it’s like an aqua and a deep red. Perfect for a Mexican fiesta, I think! And here’s the actual invite:
You may notice the wording is a bit different from most rehearsal dinner invites. Well, we did this on purpose. Since we are hosting the dinner, it felt funny to have the invite read as though we were honoring ourselves (Example of more traditional wording: “Please join us at a rehearsal dinner honoring Bride & Groom.”). Instead, we decided we wanted to use this opportunity to really thank—and honor—our family and friends. We are keeping the guest list small for this party on purpose—just our immediate families & wedding party (and anyone else who is involved with the wedding, like readers and gift attendants)—because we really want to take this time to celebrate and appreciate THEM.
You may also recognize the monogram and fonts I used: yep, they’re from our Save-the-Date! What can I say, I love the motif!
[Random side note: I am thinking about rounding the corners of the invites. What do you guys think? Can anyone give a recommendation for a good corner-rounder?]
Because we will be giving out our gifts to the wedding party and family at this event, I decided to make a banner for the gift table. I still need to string it with ribbon, but the letters look like this:
Cute, no? I also read somewhere that to make rehearsal run more smoothly, it’s a great idea to have nametags for everyone…so your officiant or coordinator knows who everyone is and can better run the rehearsal. Most people at this event will know each other, but I still decided to make nametags so people like my grandparents can get to know our friends. Here’s what they’ll look like (I just used my mom’s and dad’s for example!):
I still have to laminate them and attach a pin to the back, but at least you get the idea!
And here’s the whole shebang thus far, all together:
I am so excited—this project has been really fun so far and it has brought a lot of joy back in to my wedding planning. Not that I wasn’t enjoying it, of course, but I have been feeling really stressed about other parts—namely registering and our invites for the actual wedding. These projects and planning this dinner have been a welcome change! I have a lot more tricks up my sleeve for this party, including cute table decor (hot sauce bottles, anyone?!), menu tents for each table, and a super awesome idea for a cheap and easy—yet totally awesome—favor. Stay tuned!
Are you having a themed rehearsal dinner? What are you doing for invitations, decorations, and the like?
*All photos by me!