(Closed) Help! Rehearsal Dinner Suggestions

posted 6 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Is there like an Italian restaurant or anything in your area? The latest rehearsal dinner I went to was at one and they just ordered a bunch of pizza’s and everyone got to mingle, it was a good time! You dont have to do anything super fancy, just keep it really casual! Orrr…. this may be WAYYY more work then you want the night before the wedding, but you could have a cookout at a park or something and have everyone bring a dish to pass? That way you would only have to pay for like meat, buns, and drinks….

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

can you have it at your house?   I can’t tell from your post if you live in the area or not.. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We had ours at a local pizza place.  We wanted to keep it casual & fun.  I pre-ordered some pizzas & we only paid for beer.  Everyone had a great time!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@phoenixandstars:  how about having something at the hotel?  Do they have a room you could rent? 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Do you have a community center you can rent a room? Or something like a Moose lodge or VFW you can rent a room?

Then you could have trays of ziti and salad from a local pizza place brought in cheap. Or mexican is often cheap catered as well.

 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

WOW that is a lot of money for a pizza place!!

What about the hotel that your staying at??? Do they have a little conference room or a room where they usually serve breakfast?? If so you could do the whole dish passing idea and fancy cold sandwhiches …

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@phoenixandstars:  Maybe you could forgo the rehearsal DINNER and do a rehearsal PARTY? Choose a venue that goes with your style and put down $500 (or whatever you wanted to pay) for the bar. Invite your 32 guests, you can all enjoy some drinks, and then when the bar tab runs out, if people want to continue partying, they can pay for their own drinks. 

One of my girlfriends did something similar when she got married, and it went over REALLY well. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

We held a rehearsal dinner for just the wedding party and immediate family, as well. We rented two lanes at a really upscale bowling alley (they exist!) for two hours and got pizza, fries and salad for everyone. Not very expensive, and lots of fun! At the end of the night, both my dad and DH’s grandmother gave us cash to pay for it (it’s a long story as to what happened. My dad didn’t know we were paying for it so he felt bad and paid when he found out, and DH’s grandmother had offered and then took it back, and then surprised us by giving us the money… Strange).

I had wanted to have a picnic in the park, but our rehearsal was pretty late, so it was dark when it ended. Honestly, the rehearsal dinner was the least of my concerns! Also, if you have a place to hold it (park, friend’s back yeard, hotel conference room), check out local restuarants for their catering menus– some are super cheap compared to ordering individual dishes.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would suggest going to a nicer bar that serves food and cover the tab.  With 32 people it should only run you around $500.  And limit the drinks to beer and wine to keep the price low too.  No need to make reservations and the perfect atmosphere to mingle.

Post # 14
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Newbee

Is there a park with a shelter that you could use or rent.  They are really cheap and then you could by burgers and brats and have a cookout.  Bring some soda and liquor if you want and have a very casual dinner.  It dosen’t need to be super fancy.  Maybe you could order a big pan of lasanga or pasta and salad and bread and have that at the hotel.  Or forgo the dinner and just do heavy appetizers at a bar or restaurant.  You pay for pop, tea, and water, guests pay for drinks.  

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We also live in Michigan and we’re doing our rehearsal dinner at Pietros.  I think that may be a chain restuarant?  It was only $15 per person so not too bad.

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