Let me preface everything by saying we are on a TIGHT budget and due to the structure of my FI group of friends, we have a large wedding party (6 on each side). It was an all of his friends or none of his friends kind of deal.
We are still in the process of looking for an officiant who won't break the bank, recognizing a rehearsal could cost extra. We want a really custom ceremony so I'd honestly just love someone who would read a script we wrote and make it official. So, because we are creating the whole ceremony, do we even need a rehearsal? We are not guaranteed the ballroom the night before where we are getting married but can show the WP where to go in the morning once it is set up.
In regards to the RD, we are looking at 30ish people (thats just immediate family, WP and their significant others)! If having a rehearsal and therefore a RD we just are going to do a casual restuarant (thinking Uno Chicago and ordering pizza for all). In that situation it would probably be feasible to pay for a round or two of beers for everyone but NOT all you can drink. Is it okay to say/do that or should it be an all or none kind of thing (in this case it would be a none b/c these people can throw them back)?
Ugh right now the R and RD are more stressful than the whole reception!