Post # 1
I’m trying to figure out if some of these places are crazy or if I just have a warped idea of what this thing should cost… So I was curious how many people you had and how much the night cost? Also, did you provide alcohol? If so, what did you do… beer and wine? open bar?
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
@phillybride61513: How many people does that include?
Post # 6
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
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
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
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
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
@BHB0526: Including open beer & wine, FI family is paying around 5K for 50 people.
Post # 13
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
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
@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.
Post # 16
Well I think I finally found a place that will work… It’d be roughly $1300 for the food and beer/wine/mixed drinks for 36 people. My parents insist on it being an open bar type thing so they’re paying for the booze and FH’s mom is going to pay for the food. Now we just have to go make sure their food is good!