Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A Maine Wedding: Rehearsal Dinner

Not much to say about the rehearsal dinner except we had good food, my hubby gave a very thoughtful speech thanking everyone, and we ended the night by giving gifts to our wedding party.  I ate just a little as I didn’t want my stomach to be upset all night, but everyone else said the food was pretty flavorful.

The restaurant we had the dinner at let us make a smaller menu for our guests to choose from – here’s a copy of the menu I made up.  This was printed on white cardstock and then glued to another layer of teal cardstock.  This is my Publisher file as I don’t have an actual picture of the menu…the quality is not great but you get the idea :)

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For the dinner invitations, I wanted to do something baseball related as we both enjoying watching the Boston Red Sox and going to games.  I made a ticket on Microsoft Publisher, printed them on white cardstock and then pasted them onto a red piece of cardstock.  They were cute and easy to put together and our guests loved the baseball theme.  They were the size of an actual ticket, but a little wider to fit all the information.

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And now some pictures from the actual dinner…

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After everyone was finished eating, we gave gifts to our wedding party.  For the guys, we gave them a medium-sized duffel bag and included a bottle of their favorite alcohol and a customized flask.  For the girls, I designed the tote bags shown in the picture below on VistaPrint.  Inside the tote was a jewelry box that included their wedding day jewelry I made.  I also gave them a little silver makeup bag filled with some travel-sized things.  A white pashima was included in case it was cold on the wedding day, so we would all have something matching to wear over our dresses, and silver flip-flops for dancing at the reception were also in the bag.  The other gifts not included in the totes were their wedding shoes and I also paid for their hair styles the day of.

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After the rehearsal dinner, Hubby went his separate way to the other hotel that him and some of the wedding party were staying at.  I went back to the inn with my girls, hung out for bit, and then organized all my name cards, menus, table names and other projects.  It was pouring outside and I remember hearing the rain pounding on the roof, which made me more and more nervous.  I hardly slept that night, as I had to pee every hour and my stomach was doing flips.  It was like being excited for the first day of school x 1000.  I know that Hubby wanted the tradition of staying in separate rooms the night before but I really wished we just stayed together as I was a nervous wreck and I think staying with him would have helped me actually sleep.  My advice would be sometimes it’s better to ignore traditions and just do your own thing :)  Oh well!

Next up…our day recapped in photos!

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