When planning a wedding you concentrate on all the details of the big day, but what about all those other events before and after the wedding? Today we discuss the Rehearsal Dinner!
Traditionally you are supposed to invite all your guests coming from out of town to the rehearsal dinner, but nowadays, with friends and relatives all over the country, most of your guests are from out of town. So, what do you do if you don’t want to have another reception before the actual Wedding Reception?
There are several schools of thought on this. One suggestion is to have the rehearsal two days before the wedding with only the bridal party & parents attending the rehearsal dinner and then have a more casual welcome reception the night before the wedding. Another idea is to have the rehearsal dinner the night before with bridal party and parents followed by a dessert party with all the out of town guests attending. Whichever you decide, it is important to select a location that offers many different venues under one roof.
Reunion Resort offers many different locations to accommodate these pre-wedding events…
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Eleven Restaurant is situated on the rooftop of the Reunion Grande with 360 degree views of the area. This sophisticated year-round, indoor-outdoor restaurant offers nightly views of the Disney Fireworks, handcrafted cocktails and a signature steakhouse menu. For groups of 15 people or more they offer a group menus and also reception station style menus, pricing ranging from $59-$79 per person.
Forte Restaurant serves traditional Italian cuisine in a warm and rustic atmosphere. Hearty pasta dishes and fresh seafood provide rich, authentic flavors, offered in half and family portions, create an inspiring blend between food and family. For the intimate rehearsal dinner of less then 14 guests, Forte has two private dining rooms. Group menus are available for groups of 15 people or more and which range from $55-$75 per person.
Grande Falls Pavilion
Looking for an outdoor venue that can be dressed up or down based on your style? The Grande Falls Pavilion is the perfect spot! This permanently tented structure offers the outdoor atmosphere with the protection of a covered ceiling. Overlooking the driving range the Pavilion makes a great location for a casual welcome reception or a trendy dessert reception. Our Catering Team will help you customize the menu to create a memorable start to your wedding weekend!
In the days leading up to your wedding there are lots of things to keep your guests busy at Reunion Resort. From meeting for drinks at Eleven, playing a round of golf, or relaxing at the spa, there is no shortage of activities for your guests at Reunion Resort. But how will your younger guests have good time?
Reunion Resort boasts 11 pools on property, but the crown jewel of the resort’s pools is the Water Park at Reunion. The Water Park, which is free of charge to resort guests, features a lazy river, twisting waterslides, water playground for children and a swimming pool.
In addition to aquatic fun, the Water Park at Reunion Resort features daily lawn games like Mega Jenga, horseshoes, corn hole and more. For the adults who accompany your younger guests to the Water Park, they can lounge under tropical landscaping and enjoy poolside food and beverage service. The Water Park at Reunion is a place they whole family will enjoy!
Weddings are not just a time for the bride and groom to come together as one, but weddings have a way of becoming an informal family reunion. And what’s a family reunion without fun activities? Luckily, Reunion Resort has an abundance of activities for families and groups. With golf, pools, walking trails, a state-of-the-art tennis center and more, Reunion offers activities that are perfect for your guests to bond while you prepare for your big day.
Reunion’s Tennis Centre is not just a great way for your wedding guests to pass time as they wait to watch you stroll down the aisle, but it’s also a great way for them to reconnect. The Tennis Centre at Reunion Resort has been ranked by Tennis Resorts Online among the Top 50 Resorts and Camps for 2014.
Our award-winning Tennis Centre features six clay Hydro-Grid tennis courts and a fully-stocked pro shop that has everything thing you need to help get you ready for your time on the court. Whether it’s just a quick volley on the court, cardio-tennis clinic or a formal group instruction, Reunion’s award-winning Tennis Centre offers something for all skill levels and will be the perfect bonding experience for your wedding guests.
We all know that brides are busy finalizing a million little details up until the actual wedding day, but what about the guys? What are they up to while their wives-to-be are orchestrating the perfect ceremony? For the grooms who defer to the good tastes of their brides, they might find themselves with some idle time on their hands when gearing up for the big day.
Luckily, Reunion Resort has the perfect way to keep the guys busy before they stroll down the aisle. Reunion boasts 54 holes of world class golf to keep the groom and company occupied. We are the only destination in the world to feature signature course designs by golf greats Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson. Combining the beauty of natural landscaping with unique and challenging layouts, our courses have won numerous awards over the years. Reunion’s courses are also perfect for both beginner and advanced golfers.
We also understand that time is limited and valuable, so 18 holes of golf may not be realistic with a jam-packed wedding day itinerary. However, our staff is flexible and can book 9 holes of golf for the guys if that’s what the schedule permits. We also offer a special discounted rate for guests with Weddings held at Reunion Resort, speak to your Catering Sales Manager for more details. Visit our website for more information about golf at Reunion.
Who doesn’t love a little pampering every now and then? And with all the hard work you’ve been putting in getting ready for your wedding, it’s the perfect time to take a moment to stop and relax. The Spa at Reunion Resort provides guests with an intimate, tranquil environment to unwind and distress. Located in one of our luxury homes on property with 6 treatment rooms, The Spa can provide a variety of services to include massage, facials, manicures and pedicures. And there are many ways to customize your treatments from aromatherapy to anti-aging, sugar scrubs to shirodhara.
Want to plan something special for your ladies in waiting? We can assist in blocking a group of services together and can cater in lunch or snacks with champagne and fruit infused water. A couple’s massage for the new couple the day after the wedding is a perfect way to kick off the honeymoon. The Spa is not only available to you on wedding weekend; feel free to give us a call for a facial or massage at any time during the planning process. Looking forward to seeing you there!
You have booked your wedding at Reunion and most of your guests are coming from out of town. Now that you have announced the date everyone is asking where they should stay. You have the perfect answer … the villas at Reunion Resort!
Reunion accommodations are so much more than a hotel room. Our Villas provide the comforts of home by offering private bedrooms, bathrooms and include a fully furnished kitchen, living area and balcony. Want to share the villa with your family or friends? You have the option to select from 1, 2 or 3 bedroom villas. You can even reserve villas the night before the wedding for your bridal party, so that on your big day you know everyone is here and ready to go!
Booking your reservations through Reunion Resort gives you some additional perks; wireless internet in the guest rooms, valet parking, self parking, access to the fitness centre, ten swimming pools, and water park with lazy river.
Don’t forget to share with your guests that Reunion offers a special wedding discount for the villas and to mention it when they book their reservation!