When it came time to start thinking about our rehearsal dinner, I thought it would be a fun and easy task.
My hometown is a sprawling town which has maintained a unique charm throughout the years. It's got character and friendly people, and is chock full of family-owned shops and restaurants. In theory, it should be the easiest place in the world to find a rehearsal dinner location.
But instead, we quickly discovered that all these chic little food joints don't hold the number of guests we need... or don't have the privacy that we're looking for.
Add to that the fact that my fiance is allergic to tomatoes, and his mom is allergic to everything else, and our options seem limited.
Back in October, when Ryan's mom flew in for some serious wedding planning, we took the opportunity to drop by a few potential rehearsal dinner locations.
Too small. Too noisy. Too old. Too far.
Our list was dwindling fast. But there was one tiny ray of hope along the horizon...
Distinctive Cork was a random little place I had never even heard of until I did a Google search for rehearsal dinner locations in my town.
I mentioned it to my parents, and their reaction was less-than-enthusiastic.
"That's the place next to the bread company, right? Psh. I wouldn't trust that it'll even be around come next June... that storefront changes all the time. It can't ever seem to hold a business."
Hmm. So there was that. But we stopped by anyway (ya know... just for the hell of it).
It was a chic one-room restaurant with movable tables and a whole wall of wine (I love me some chardonnay!). It's a mere 2 blocks from the church, and the manager told us we could have the whole place to ourselves for our Friday night rehearsal dinner.
In short, it was perfect.
They usually serve shared plates, but they have offered to create a custom menu for our party (and any food allergies Ryan or his mom may have).
As for my parents' complaint... I did a little research, and found out they've been in business since 2007. I think that's some pretty good staying power.
And just look at this yummy food!
It seems our last choice has now become our first.
Nothing has been set in stone yet... but the wheels are in motion, and I think we may have found a contender.
Ryan said excitedly, "We can make this into a memorable part of our wedding weekend... instead of just some blah dinner somewhere."