Our rehearsal is going to be at 2pm on a Saturday. The ceremony shouldn't take too long to run through, so I assume with rehearsing and getting everyone to feel comfortable with their roles it won't take more than an hour, hour and a half tops.
The restaurant I'd really love to invite everyone to afterwards is about 10 or 15 minutes away... but doesn't open until 4pm. Should I make a reservation there and just hope we're not standing around until it opens, or should I just scrap the whole idea and go somewhere else?
The reason I'd like to have the dinner at aforementioned restaurant is because it's BYOB, and my fiance and I are paying for this out of pocket - I'm terrified if everyone starts ordering 3 or 4 drinks we'll have to spend more than we can afford. Unfortunately, no one lives near enough to the venue so we can't host at someone's house. And everytime I've mentioned the words "rehearsal dinner" to a restaurant, they've said, "Well, you need a minimum of XX people to come and it's going to be $[outrageous dollar amount]." I figure my best route is to just make a nondescript reservation somewhere.