Rehearsal Lunch: October 15, 2010

by Jenn (eating bender) on October 27, 2010

Hi friends!

Still waiting on photos and videos for the reception recap but I’m excited to share another part of our wedding weekend with you today – the rehearsal lunch!

I love my family. :) Digging the raised eyebrow that Baby Bender has going on. What a hunk!

The Korducki-Krenn clan met at the Outlaw Cantina in Desert Mountain for a fun afternoon of folf. No, not frisbee golf – but food and golf! When we arrived, we were greeted by the most beautiful table setting. My mom had been there that morning to set everything up and did a phenomenal job!

Part of the lunch was giving our bridal party their gifts. Bobby gave his brothers a grill set and my brother a monogrammed DVD case. I gave my three bridesmaids – Sam, Caitlin and Lauren – their jewelry for the wedding. A purple necklace and earrings, both of which we found on

I also gave my “lady in waiting,” Jill, a Soiree Wine Aerator. I absolutely LOVE this thing!

But my absolute favorite part of the gifts for both the bride and groom sides were the personalized wine glasses and beer mugs we purchased from Stephanie on Etsy.

Photos cannot possibly do justice to the amazing detail and care that went into these glasses. When Stephanie sent us images as a preview, I was literally jumping up and down!

There were wine glasses for the gals, including the three bridesmaids, mother of the bride and mother of the groom. We sent Stephanie a picture of the girl’s dresses, my wedding dress and my planned bouquet design. You can see how great of a job she did by clicking on the pictures below to blow them up!

I’d say they were pretty true to life, wouldn’t you?

As if that weren’t enough, Stephanie also went above and beyond with the backs and bottoms of the glasses. My bridesmaids all went to Northwestern with me, so we got Wildcats on the back – and our wedding shoes with a corresponding flower (purple for me, ivory for the girls) on the bottom stem!

I wanted Jill to have a sparkly shoe on her stem and a UW Madison Badger on the back. As you can see in the picture above, there was a slight miscommunication at first (I blame it on email), but Stephanie was SO awesome to work with that she realized the mix-up and came up with a new glass overnight!

Seriously, did I mention I was jumping up and down in my apartment?

For the majority of the guys, we went with beer mugs that had the exact color of their vests – purple for the groomsmen and father of the groom, ivory for my groom and my dad. But of course, Papa Bender got a wine glass. I don’t get my affinity for vino just anywhere, you know. πŸ˜‰

And just in case there was any doubt about how serious we take his blog nickname…

He loved it. :mrgreen:

Clearly, I can’t rave about Stephanie enough. She was completely fabulous to work with and extremely talented. I highly recommend visiting her Etsy site if you ever are interested!

Fun fact: She completed this project just days before she had a baby! Congrats, Stephanie!

Everyone was very impressed by your artistic ability.

After we oohed and ahhed over Stephanie’s work, we sat down to an amazing lunch. I had a salad loaded with veggies and BANANA BREAD croutons, which was incredible. Of course, I didn’t snap a picture. :( But we did manage to snag a photo of what Bobby and his brother Adam chose. A selection of sliders for the manly men.

I have no idea how they managed to eat all of those, but they did!

When lunch was over, a few champagne toasts were made in thanks for the weekend ahead of us.

And then we were off…to the putting green!

We split up into teams of two to take on an 18-hole putting challenge!

Mama Bender and Bobby…

…Sam and Lauren (looking ferocious, might I add)…

…Caitlin and Jill (sorry ladies, that’s not quite the right putting stance)…

…Baby Bender (who now towers above all of us) and me!!

There were several more dynamic duos, but they eluded the camera’s eye. πŸ˜‰

It was a tough battle, with many great putts and close calls.

But in the end, Baby Bender and I were victorious!!

No ring in the cup this time, but the smile on my brother’s face was an amazing prize!

We grabbed a few more photos of the guys and the gals…

…and then we were off again! This time to the church rehearsal, bow bouquet and all. :)

It was quite an exciting day of rehearsals! Of course, the real thing is still my favorite.

I hope you enjoyed this installment of our wedding weekend! Still more to come – unless it is getting boring for you all. I could talk endlessly about the details so just let me know when to be quiet! :)

What is one of your favorite life events or moments that involved a “rehearsal”?


{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Megan (Braise The Roof) October 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Nope, we’re not bored by the recap at all! (and yes, I am speaking for all of your readers right now.) So much fun reading about the celebrations- your family is adorable!


2 spabettie October 27, 2010 at 1:01 pm

this looks like a PREFECT day !! so fun… and I LOVE those glasses – perhaps some day I will have a reason to need those… πŸ˜‰


3 spabettie October 27, 2010 at 1:02 pm

*perfect. πŸ˜‰


4 Erica October 27, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Now that looks like a run rehearsal! The mugs and glasses are so cool!! What a great personal touch. And your salad sounds yummy- based on the idea of banana bread croutons alone. Glad you guys got to really enjoy yourselves the day before the BIG day πŸ˜‰


5 Jess@atasteofconfidence October 27, 2010 at 1:43 pm

I love painted wine glasses and those ones are adorable!


6 leashieloo October 27, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Your gifts to your grooms/bridesmaids are ADORABLE! Best bride ever!


7 Shannon October 27, 2010 at 3:55 pm

those glasses came out fantastic! what a fun rehersal lunch/putt putt :)


8 Katie October 27, 2010 at 7:13 pm

The jewelry you picked for your bridesmaids is beautiful and all of those glasses are phenomenal! Looks like an absolutely perfect day and so nice to see that you made it fun for everyone.

My wedding was my favorite life event involving a rehearsal.


9 BroccoliHut October 27, 2010 at 7:53 pm

LOVE those personalized wine glasses and beer mugs! So cute. You all gave such thoughtful gifts to your wedding party.
My favorite “rehearsal-required” event? Well, I’ll choose two–my older sisters’ weddings:)


10 Marianne October 27, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Those glasses are awesome. Great keepsakes for everyone :)


11 CaSaundra October 28, 2010 at 7:47 am

I know all the comments are already on the glasses–but they are truly awesome! I am going to try to remember that for my wedding one day! :-)


12 natalie (the sweets life) October 28, 2010 at 3:23 pm

wow what a perfectly wonderful rehearsal day—love the table decor, the glasses, the golf game…such great memories! smiling for you :)


13 Balanced Healthy Life October 28, 2010 at 4:27 pm

What great and cute wine glasses!!! : )


14 elise October 29, 2010 at 12:45 pm

those glasses are too cute!!! actually you all are too cute :)


15 Diana (Soap & Chocolate) October 29, 2010 at 2:57 pm

SO CUTE! What great favors – love the personalization.

Have you ever played frolf? Your “folf” reference reminded me of the one and only time I’ve ever played frolf (frisbee golf). It’s…interesting. And hard. But I was dating an ultimate frisbee dork at the time. You do what you gotta do.


16 Erin October 29, 2010 at 7:50 pm

That dress is beautiful, Jenn!
I have never heard of banana bread croutons…insanity! And I love it :)
I really love how all of your wedding events have been centered around the pleasures you both take in life…your own interests…so awesome :)
xox Mrs!


17 luckytastebuds October 30, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Ohhh man adorable adorable wedding gifts and what a beautiful rehearsal lunch!! It looked like so much fun and I love how everything is so thoughtfully designed — just the way you are Jenn! Will you plan my wedding too??? lol. Seriously as so perfect. The Wildcats are just too much – what an awesome touch!!

Hope all is going well my dear!! Come visit me in Boston!!! :) Take care Jenn!


18 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) November 2, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Love the wine glasses and beer mugs! The personalized touches are great! What fabulous gifts!

Love all the golfing pics!


19 VeggieGirl November 15, 2010 at 12:14 pm


One of my favorite events that involved a rehearsal = dance showcase :)


20 Sarah February 8, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Do you still happen to have the contact information for Stephaine from Etsy for the glasses and mugs?? if so could I please have it, they are just fantastic gift ideas


21 Jenn (eating bender) February 9, 2012 at 12:00 am

Yes!! Here is her profile on Etsy: I promise you they are worth it – so amazing, and Stephanie does such a thorough job of understanding exactly what you want. Let me know if you get them! :)


22 red jacket June 5, 2012 at 12:23 am

Bravo! It’s a superb information that you just provided, I wonder why I visited you late. Thanks I have bookmarked your blog


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