We are getting married in 6 months, and so far FI's family has not offered to host anything. His mom asked me if we were having a rehearsal dinner, I told her I wasn't sure yet. We are not having a formal rehearsal since it's just us, our friend who is the officiant, and a MOH and BM for the ceremony, so we can go over the game plan anytime (venue charges to have a rehearsal there).
But the more I think about it I think I'd like to have something for our guests who are coming from out of town. Since the budget is already tight, I was thinking of doing just a BBQ at our house the night before the wedding. Our house is about 30 minutes away from the venue and hotels, so that might be a bit of a drive for people? We just bought the house a month ago after spending 9 months building it, so this might be the one opportunity for people to see it.
So basically, am I crazy to do a get-together/party at my house the night before my wedding? I'm sure FI's family, who will be staying at our house (my family is staying at another relatives house) will help pitch in in terms of making food and helping to clean up, that's just how they are, but I'm not expecting them to pay for it. Also I will not be staying at our house that night, my mom and I are getting a hotel room close to the venue.