We had around 50 people at the R.D. which is admittedly more than I really wanted. I had wanted to have a smaller, more intimate rehearsal dinner with just the people that were actually a part of the wedding ceremony and their dates/spouses. My mother in law invited a few of her friends that were coming in from out of town for the wedding as well as Kristian's whole extended family that was invited to the wedding. Granted it was more than I wanted but since she was the one planning and paying for the event I pretty much just let her have free reign over everything including the guest list. Ultimately I enjoyed having everyone there, it was nice to be able to talk to everyone the night before since I knew we wouldn't have as much time at the reception to do so.
The food was great (though I didn't eat much due to nerves) and the drinks were flowing. My mother in law did a great job with all the decorations and setup. Kristian's uncle was kind enough to be the official photographer for the night and took over 200 pictures of the dinner. Below are just a few of my favorites.
After the drinks started to kick in.
We had the entire upstairs room to ourselves. The restaurant is located on King Street which is a very busy, popular street in Old Town Alexandria VA. The street is lined with cute little shops and bars and those windows gave us a great view of all the action on the street that night.
We had a head table which included all the bridesmaid and groomsmen and their dates. This was a similar setup to what we did at the reception.
Kristian and his groomsmen