Our rehearsal dinner was very small, intimate, and lovely. We started off the evening with our rehearsal (obviously) at the Iron Horse Hotel and walking down the stairs to the rehearsal was one of the most exciting parts of the day. It was the first time I got to see all of our best friends in the same place! It really doesn’t get much better than that.
Bryce and I created name tags for everyone who was a part of the wedding to make our officiant’s job a little it easier. It seemed like it made the rehearsal run a little bit more smoothly. I should also mention, if you have a day-of coordinator definitely have them there at the rehearsal. Not only did my coordinator, Colette, have a lot of suggestions and guidance for the group & officiant but she thought of things that I didn’t when given the opportunity to see the space and how it would be set up in person. She was there to help me plan any additional set up, including having the dance floor & ceremony chairs moved and fixing a few issues with the Iron Horse. She also had the opportunity to meet the coordinator at the Iron Horse which I think was helpful to have done before the actual wedding day.
I’m going to take this opportunity to thank Colette. The moment we hired her I felt a weight lifted off of my shoulders. My instinct to trust her completely was absolutely right. Even though she was our “day of” coordinator, she was there for us through the whole process. She’s organized and sharp, but even more than that, she’s a genuinely wonderful person. Every time I saw her I just wanted to give her a big hug. She went so above and beyond my expectations. I knew Colette in high school, but now I can say she’s my friend. I’ll be forever grateful to her.
Back to the rehearsal, we moved on to dinner at Swig where I booked one of their small private rooms overlooking the streets of the third ward. (Thanks to Bryce’s mom and step-dad for hosting!) We had one long table with a family style meal. Just our parents, siblings, wedding party & their dates. It was wonderful company and delicious food including:
Fried Ravioli, Spinach Artichoke Bread, Chicken Skewers, & Caprese Skewers
Spinach Angel Hair Pasta
Beef Tenderloin with Mashed Potatoes
Stuffed Chicken with Fettucine
We paid for non-alcoholic beverages and three bottles of champagne to share for toasts. We had an open bar at the wedding so we figured we’d save the booze money for the next day.
Bryce and I made our thank you speeches and handed out gifts. I cried like a baby when thanking my parents and maid of honor. Honestly, I had no idea I was capable of so many public displays of emotion.
The night flew by as the best nights always do. Before I knew it, I was at my hotel room waiting for the best day to begin!
Ah demon eyes! But it is a hilarious picture.