How much is/was your rehearsal dinner?

posted 3 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
943 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have no idea, we didn’t throw our own RD. 

However, ours was also very casual (per our request) at a relative’s home, so I don’t think it was very expensive.

Post # 4
1712 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We’re doing it at an Irish Pub/Restaurant in Philly. It’s about $1200 and we’re only doing beer and wine (not a full bar). Also, it’s a buffet style instead of sit-down.

Post # 6
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t know the exact cost since my in-laws paid, but the quotes I saw were around 15k for 50 people.

Post # 7
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We are having 25 people on a public beach with pizza, salad and beer/soft drinks. We are hoping to keep it under $300 since my FI and I are paying for it ourselves!

Post # 9
1148 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We had around 32 people (wedding party, parents, siblings, a couple SOs of bridal party members), and it cost around $550-$600, including the added gratuity. Did ours at a local restaurant, where everyone could choose to either eat off of a menu or do the buffet. We didn’t include alcohol, but only one person ended up getting a beer anyways, so it wasn’t that big of a deal.

Some places offer a limited menu of their larger version, where you can choose specific items that will be offered/served. So therefore you could do salads and appetizers, or something along those lines, and save some money that way.

Post # 10
188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We’re having it at a brewery, so it is relatively casual. It’s 13pp without drinks (apps, salad, gourmet pizza buffet). 30 bucks flat for soft drinks, and we are going to pay for 2 alcoholic drinks per person. They suggest this option or that you can give a dollar limit, say 400 dollars toward alcoholic drinks and when it’s gone, guests have to pay for themselves.


ETA: I’m guessing it will end up being 700 dollars for 25 people including taxes and tips.

Post # 11
5883 posts
Bee Keeper

It depends on where you live, where you have it and how many people.

One was just 14, but the restaurant had a fixed price for private parties of $55.pp plus drinks. We all ordered mixed drinks (probably 2 each).

The other was for 20 people and was priced the same, but was cheaper pp. Drinks seperate as well.

I’m in NJ.

Post # 12
1399 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@BHB0526:  Including open beer & wine, FI family is paying around 5K for 50 people.

Post # 13
10904 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We had about 35 people, and the cost of our rehearsal dinner, held at a casual, Italian restaurant, was approximately $1,300, including taxes and gratuity.

We did not offer alcoholic beverages but, rather, a choice of iced tea and soda.

Post # 14
450 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We are doing ours at a local, casual Italian restaurant. We will only have about 12-15 people there, and we’re expecting to spend about $300, including alcohol.


Rehearsal dinners don’t have to be a giant, fancy affair. They can be whatever you want it to be. A backyard BBQ or at your favorite restaurant.

Post # 15
2276 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@BHB0526:  between 300-400. We had it at a local landmark restaurant in town. We hada private outside area. The guests were given a select menu (5 choices) and it included non alcoholic drinks. It was nice and casual, but not too casual.  🙂

We also had 30 guests.

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