When my friend Kara, asked me to help her with their rehearsal dinner, I jumped at the chance to help bring her vision of the perfect rehearsal dinner to life. One reason was because this is the only aspect of the wedding I will probably be helping with.
She was thinking of hosting a backyard BBQ inside, that means, the boys cook the meat and we get to enjoy it in comfort, indoors. She had something similar when she was invited to her for his cousin’s rehearsal dinner.
There weren’t a lot of restrictions laid down, just some guidelines that she wanted to go with which meant that we had a blank canvas to work with.
So we tried to incorporate a lot of details to make the venue look like a ranch style BBQ. Even though it was being held in the groom’s living room. One reason she picked this is because the groom is a real cowboy from Texas, he’s a transplant up here and he ins’t yet accustomed to the colder weather. Though he has said it can get pretty cold in Texas, I still do a little poo-poo and think that I could handle the temps. It’s the poisonous snakes that scare me.
Anyway, we really had our work cut out for us to make this event look as authentic as possible!
Kara found most of the glass and other decor materials at IKEA.
I love IKEA since it has everything that you could ever want/need/use for just about any occasion and half of my living room is decorated from their showroom. I also helped her make all of the beautiful printable signs. I know, I am amazing right? I picked up a few globe lights are from Target. And used some Trader Joe’s to round out the decorations.
She paid for more of the decorations, mainly because she knows I am broke, and partially because her parents were giving her some money to get things organized. Her dad has always been super generous with her which makes me a little jealous. Mine is loving but tight fisted.
The only thing that I really ended up paying for were the rehearsal dinner invitations which was fine because I got them pretty cheap. And the design really nailed the whole cowboy/BBQ/manly theme that Kara wanted and I looked totally like a hero in her eyes. So that was nice.
I am not certain how big the normal, and I say “normal” rehearsal dinner is, probably more, we had twenty people in the end that came. And it was a lot of fun. The food was good, Kara was happy, and that meant that I was also super happy. She was a little nervous since it was the second time she met her fiance’s parents. And since the rehearsal dinner is the “first impression”, the first night to celebrate and spend time with those closest to you and your fiance, there was a lot of weight on her perfect shoulders.
It is nice when things work out.