Looking for some help on ideas for a welcome event for our out of town guests... We will have ~125 people attending our wedding, and probably 100 of them will be traveling in from out of town, most of the in town guests are either in our bridal party, or a spouse of someone in our bridal party.
What we want is a small intimate rehearsal dinner with our parents, bridal party, and their dates/spouses. However, we also want to greet all of our out of town guests so that there is time to visit/say hi, and give them something to do the night before the wedding.
Looking for some ideas on exactly what we can do for a welcome event, that isn't inviting 100+ people to a rehearsal dinner! Right now we are considering having our actual rehearsal in the late afternoon (3pm), followed by a "happy hour" at a local restaurant/bar, followed by the rehearsal dinner with bridal party at a local restaurant.
Is it weird if we just host an hour or so of a happy hour (some apps, some drinks), and then leave guests to be on their own after that? Any other ideas on how this would work, or what did you do? Note: having people over for a BBQ is not something that we will do.