Bride's family will all be OOT-ers (who must be invited to the rehearsal dinner), and I would really like to do something I could afford to make open-invitation, so the family dynamics aren't so lop-sided. We're looking at a wedding guest list of about 150, at least 50 of which are guaranteed to attend the RD- the rest will be question marks at least until the RSVPs are returned. MOB envisions a sit-down affair (particularly since we're having a casual afternoon tea reception), but I'm sure she would understand if we had, say, a cookout (my original plan, but I'm new to the area and don't know where we would have it). I'm trying to keep this as far under $500 as possible, so you see why I'm not too keen on the sit-down dinner plan.
p.s. I'm in the Lexington/Versailles area.