I'm looking for ideas for a rehearsal dinner (prob 5-70 people). Our wedding will be in Springfield, MA so that's where guests will be traveling from. It's a destination wedding, so none of us know our way around.
It's important that my mother doesn't find out that Springfield has bad neighborhood. Since she's not from here, she thinks it's a really nice Western, MA town, and safety is a big concern of hers. None of us know our way around the area.
Anyway, we're a bit of a unique couple and we want our weekend to reflect that. We want the wedding festivities to be really fun and not stiff. However, the future in-laws, who are hosting the rehearsal dinner, are pretty straight laced. The rehearsal dinner will have a lot of the adult family folks involved.
So, we're trying to find a mix of good quality food and fun in a unique atmosphere. If I were planning it in Boston, for instance, I might choose the Milky Way. Or maybe I'd find a place with live band Karaoke. Or maybe if there were an upscale version of Bleacher bar.
The Federal in Agawam is already on our list of places to check out and I think is more along the lines of what the in-laws are looking for. Any comments on this spot?
Any ideas of places that bridges the gap? Could you please provide some ideas of other places we should look at? Any recommendation is welcome, just note if the place is more along the lines of what the in-laws would like, or something more unique and fun, with character, if you will :)
20 minutes driving radius from Springfield with easy parking preferred. Thanks in advance! All ideas are good ones :)