Hi everyone - wedding planning has been hell, but hopefully some fellow chowhounds can help our stress levels with your suggestions!
Instead of having a formal rehearsal dinner the night before our wedding, we want to have our bridal party and family (~25 total) to a more informal but still special drinks and finger food event. After an hour or two, we'd like to invite the rest of our guests (many from Germany, estimating 30 more people) to join us, either at the same venue or a venue nearby. We want to pay for the rehearsal drinks/food for the first part but not for the 2nd part when the rest of the guests join.
Any suggestions on venues? We've found that private rooms seem to have high minimums, and we don't need a private room but would like an area we can all mill about and isn't too loud so we can talk. Location should be Manhattan, not too far uptown or downtown so as to be convenient for guests. We'd like to keep costs down, so nothing fancy. All types of food OK.
Thanks in advance!!