Hosting your own rehearsal dinner? Suggestions needed…

posted 3 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

RDs aren’t a big deal here.  It’s easy to keep them affordable!  Have a BBQ, or make lasagna and some salads or something.  Some takeout can be reasonable too.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

BBQ at home sounds like a good idea, although I’m biased because that’s what I’m doing for my rehearsal dinner too.  You can keep costs low with pretty much any at-home event.  Just go to Sam’s Club, stock up on burgers, hot dogs, drinks, and sides.  Depending on the turnout, you may need some extra chairs, but rentals aren’t a huge expense.  You could do a potluck if guests are local.  Don’t feel like you have to go all out and rent out a room at a nice restaurant for the rehearsal.  Everyone is really just looking forward to seeing each other and chatting with you before the wedding, and you could arrange that just as easily at home.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@peachbaby4008:  We’re in the exact same position right now.  His parents are divorced, and neither of them have offered.  We’re 9 months out, though, so it could happen still…but I’m not really counting on it.

BBQ can be really good and moderately priced.  We’re actually having it for our wedding dinner…LOL (BBQ as in ribs and BBQ chicken and beef brisket; not BBQ as in a cookout: hot dogs, brats, burgers).  So, I’m not really sure what we’ll do for our RD.  We’re probably going to have it at a local brewpub or something of the like.

I’ve heard of brides having subs or pizza for their RD.  I love me some pizza, so that option sounds particular awesome to me.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

We will be hosting our reception dinner at our house. Probably BBQ or pizza. Nothing too elaborate. We just want our mutual families to have some time together to get to know each other.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@peachbaby4008:  For my first wedding I ordered in BBQ.  However, we’re doing BBQ for the reception for this wedding so I am making lasagna for the rehearsal dinner (my FMIL just offered to help by making a pan of lasagna too.)

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We are also hosting our own rehearsal dinner.  A friend of my moms offered to cook for us, so she is making either lasagna or baked spagetti and salad.  We aren’t having anything fancy, and I actually told my mom I’d be fine with having pizzas delivered to the venue since we’ll be there all night the night before the wedding doing the rehearsal and decorating. lol

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@peachbaby4008:  host a small bbq at your place, serve simple but classic food like hotdogs and hamburgers.  No one will think your being cheap, they all realize you hust spent a ton on a wedding. 

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@peachbaby4008:  We did catered BBQ at a local park near our rehearsal location!

It was very affordable and delicious! And we could afford to invite everyone, since everyone had to travel to a central location!

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

We bought pizza for everyone for our rehersal.

Wasn’t a big deal. We liked pizza and it was cheap. I wasn’t going to make anybody pay for the rehersal dinner if they didn’t want to.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@peachbaby4008:  Paper plates and plastic utensils as well as a big garbage can will solve this one.  We’re also cooking the lasagna in throw away pans so we can toss those too.  It shouldn’t be much cleanup.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

Maybe go to a local pizza parlor that has a separate room? Or just order pizzas, soda and beer and have it delivered to your house. Easy and easy to clean up =)

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@peachbaby4008:  I would not give gift cards to pay for their meals.  That seems a bit cheesy.  I agree with everyone else.  BBQ, local pizza joint, pasta place, etc.  We’re hosting a family style dinner at a local italian restaurant because FI’s parents haven’t offered to pay for ANYTHING.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We ordered in a bunch of pizzas.  If even that is too much, you can skip the rehearsal dinner altogether if you also skip the rehearsal.  Quick instructions before the ceremony are all you really need.

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