Post # 1
Hi there! I’m trying to figure out the most affordable-yet-practical way to go about having a rehearsal dinner. Just about everyone is going to be coming from out of town. I live in a decently-sized house with a “party room”, a covered deck, and a yard, and I could either ask my wonderful sister to cook or get affordable catering……. BUT, parking would suck (we’re on a major street) and I am not particularly trusting of the April weather either.
Ergo, I’m considering saving some work and stress by having it at a restaurant where they serve food family style (you know, large portions that are passed around to share). But I don’t know of very many, or their price points. Do you bees know of any?
In my head, I see a pretty, covered patio with lots of plants – that would be a plus – but of course price is a priority!
And any other ideas to save money on food would also be appreciated! I mean, sheesh, we’ll be paying for an even bigger meal the very next day!
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
I haven’t eaten at any family-style restaurants in Houston, but I know there are Italian restaurants that have that arrangement. My cousin had her graduation party in Honolulu at Buca di Beppo and it was family-style – I’d bet that the Buca di Beppo in Houston also offers family-style dining. And I think I’ve heard that the Spaghetti Warehouse in downtown Houston offers family-style dining too. Good luck!
Oh, btw, tips for saving on meals:
1) Skip the alcohol for the rehearsal dinner – I’ve been to tons of weddings where the families/wedding party were hungover from the night before. We didn’t pay for any alcohol at our RD (which was at Americas Restaurant in The Woodlands), and guests who wanted booze bought their own drinks.
2) Ask for a lunch menu. I dunno if all restaurants will let you do that, but we talked to the restaurant’s events coordinator about our budget, and how important it was to invite all of our out-of-town guests but we couldn’t afford a big 5-course meal, and she let us serve a lunch menu instead of a dinner menu (even though the event was at 7 pm!). The portions were smaller but everyone was fed and happy.
3) Find a place where you pay for food, not for renting out a private dining room. Americas let us hold our RD in a private room for free, as long as we met a food and beverage minimum. Since we had so many guests (50), we didn’t have trouble meeting the minimum (I think it was $1000 or $1500). If you ALSO have to pay to rent out a space, that’s just getting wayy too expensive, especially for a rehearsal dinner!
4) I’ve been to a wedding where the rehearsal dinner was at a park, under a huge covered area. Have you looked into that? Even if it rained people would be under cover, and parks usually have lots of parking. You could grill hot dogs and burgers and fajitas, or something low-key like that, and save a lot of money. Plus your guests could play frisbee or touch football or some games, and it could be more of a fun party than just sitting around at a restaurant. We really wanted to do that, but since our whole wedding was outdoors, we figured it might be overkill for people who don’t really like being outside haha.
Post # 4
@Mrs. Wallaby: We’re having our rehearsal dinner at Buca di Beppo, I’ve done lots of dinners there and they are always fun!
Post # 5
I have eaten at a Buca di Beppo in Conroe (at least I think it was in Conroe… it’s the closest location to where my family lives!), and I really enjoyed it. It was family-style, and I think it would great for a rehearsal dinner.