Being driven insane by the rehearsal dinner plans

posted 3 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
2209 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

There isn’t another nice, but casual, restaurant in town that has a private room?  Since your options are limited near the venue, I wouldn’t be shy about asking people to head downtown for dinner after.

Post # 4
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Do you need to have a private room?  A lot of restaurants can accomodate a group of 20, then you could just order off the regular menu without the additional charges for a private room.  I went to a rehearsal dinner last week where the bride and groom did just that.  We all had a good time.

Post # 5
1644 posts
Bumble bee

@princess_r:  Even the smallest towns have caterers. If you do not know one, then call the church secretary at a local church and ask if she knows of any: they may be local housewives who also cater various church events and, being known for it among their circle of customers, they may not see the need to advertise. In a larger town use the yellow pages to look up caterers and party companies. Then, call the caterer and explain what you want to her, and ask her for suggestions. Caterers serve meals in clubrooms, church halls, heritage sites, community centres, arenas, theatre party rooms, and any number of venues where rooms of different sizes can be rented. You might have to try one or two different caterers, but make notes of all their suggestions. Even if you decide to self-cater you may use one of their leads to find a room in which to hold your party, but you should be able to find a caterer to do the party with costs similar to the buffet you had originally planned.


Post # 6
42082 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Do you have a bowling alley? There have been a few posts in the past about bowling party rehearsal dinners where the guests had a fabulous time. They had pizza delivered.

Can you rent a suite in the hotel and host the party there?  You can have any takeout you want delivered to your room and supply the wine yourself.

Post # 7
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Does your apartment complex have a clubhouse?  We are renting our neighborhood clubhouse and pool area to host our laid back cheap fun party of a rehearsal dinner for about 30 people.  The local park idea is good and very affordable, if you can plan for weather. 

Post # 8
43 posts
  • Wedding: December 2019

For a party that small, you might ask a family member or a member of the briday party to host it at their home.  

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