I know we've all had the discussion of drive time between the ceremony and reception, if they're at different venues, but what about the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner? My wedding venue (ceremony & reception) is in a very small town with very few dining options that aren't things like "Bubba's Cafe" or a Jack in the Box.
There's a larger town about 20 minutes away and a major city about 30 minutes away. I know it'll be around dinnertime, so I assume traffic will be worse, and our rehearsal is Tuesday, December 30th. Busy times, I'm sure.
While I'd love to keep it easy and eat in the larger town, the only places I'd consider going to are BBQ..and we're serving BBQ at the wedding.
So! My question is, would it be unreasonable to ask people to drive 30 minutes (or 45 with traffic) to a nicer dinner? Would you go? Granted, this would mostly be the BP, so I know they're committed, but I don't want to push it. Haha.
Finally! Is something like Olive Garden acceptable?