Bride-to-be Blogger Carly: Trying to Find the Right Place For Our Rehearsal Dinner

Bride-to-be Blogger Carly: Trying to Find the Right Place For Our Rehearsal Dinner


I love food. I love searching for recipes online, and then experimenting in the kitchen. I love reading online restaurant reviews, blogs, and menus. And most of all, I love going out to eat!

Lucky for me, so does Sean!

On the weekends you can find us making our way through Philadelphia magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants. And no matter how much we love a restaurant, we try not to repeat because, fortunately for us, we are two food lovers living in a foodie town!

Because of this, one part of wedding planning that is really fun and exciting for Sean and I is choosing where we’ll have our rehearsal dinner. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect rehearsal dinner spot since pretty early on in our engagement, and we’ve tried a few, but so far we haven’t found our winner. Here’s our criteria:

  1. Great food
  2. Walking distance from the church & hotels (Old City area)
  3. Cool atmosphere (nothing too formal)
  4. BYOB, if possible
  5. Handicapped accessible

The biggest obstacle we’ve encountered so far is accessibility. So many of these old buildings in Old City were not built to accommodate everyone, and with private rooms typically on the second floor, this causes a problem for some of our guests.

The other challenge we may run up against is size. I’ve found that many private spaces have a capacity of 40, which is almost if not exactly the number of guests we will invite. So I’m a little worried about finding a place where we will all fit!

The good news is that finding our rehearsal dinner venue is one wedding challenge I am more than happy to accept. And with some of the bigger items checked off my list, I’m excited to focus on making calls to restaurants, reading catering menus, and creating a delicious experience so that Sean and I can share our passion for food and restaurants with some of our closest family and friends!

How did you decide where to hold your rehearsal dinner? Anything it doesn’t sound like we’re thinking of that we might want to consider during our search?

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