(Closed) I have no idea how to plan my rehearsal dinner

posted 8 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

If you are giving them gifts you can give them out then.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

let me tell you about ours:

most of our guests & family were from out of town.  We had our ceremony rehearsal at 2pm and our dinner at 6:30pm.  We invited only wedding party (+ 3 SO’s), immediate family, grandparents and officiant (he’s family) plus his wife to the dinner.  We sent out email invitations & used word of mouth.

We hosted it at our apartment complex’s clubhouse.  It’s brand new so really nice.  We had a local bbq place caterer it so we had local comfort foods.  The food was really cheap and amazing!  We also provided the beers, lemonade + adult lemonade and homemade desserts.  We used paper plates & cups.  The place had a pool table and big screen tv – which we made a slide show of engagement photos, regular photos of us and baby photos (this was a big hit!).  Overall it was really laid back.  Everyone got to hang out without it being too many people and stuffy.  I would have liked to invite all OOT family members but the place was only so big.  This was my only regret.

Our officiant and father of the Groom gave a little blessing/welcome and thats it.  We handed out bridal party & groomsmen gifts.  Everyone said they had a good time!  I got to wear a cute cream colored sun dress and everyone was told not to dress up.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i’ve been to many different rd’s and they’re all different. ours was open to all oot guests and took place at my in law’s house. we had bagels and sandwiches. we spent the whole time mingling with everybody, and we gave our wedding party and parents their gifts. That’s it!

my brother and sil had a small dinner with just the wedding party and close family at a local pizza place, then we went somewhere else where we invited all of the oot guests to join. they wanted to have a private dinner to give out gifts.

my hubby was recenetly in a wedding where the rd was at a very nice, fancy restaurant. it was wedding party and close family members only, and we just sat at our table and talked to whoever was sitting next to us. they also gave out gifts then.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

We just had a BBQ by the lake where our ceremony was going to be. Different people pitched in (we did salads and drinks, my parents brought stuff to BBQ, MIL brought desserts, etc) and we kept it very low key. We only had the bridal party, their SOs, parents and a few other guests. It was a DW so everyone was OOT and I didn’t want it to just feel like another wedding with loads of people. We finished up early so the grannies could go to bed and the rest of us had time to pack up and have an early night 🙂 I love the photos from it, like the one of my aunt showing DH’s groomsman from Scotland how to chop onions for a BBQ – just a nice reminder of all the important people in our lives 🙂

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We are having ours in the banquet room of a restaurant – they take care of everything. It’s our wedding party, their SOs, kids, etc., plus all family (my mom says that’s proper etiquette). We used paperlesspost for invitations – it’s awesome and free.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

 We had ours at a huge Chinese buffet that we both love. We just approximated the number of people, made the reservations and that’s it! Easy!

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