Post # 1
I never thought that it would be harder to plan the rehearsal dinner than it was the wedding. We are having Italian food for the wedding. The menus have been printed and it is set in stone. It is an Italian buffett consisting of- Italian Sausage w/Fire Roasted Peppers & Onions, Three Cheese & Spinach Ravioli w/ a Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce, and Italian Herb Infused Braised Roast Beef. The sides are eggplant parm in a tomato basil sauce & sting beans in roasted garlic.
We are officially broke and are trying to cut all of the corners we can with the rehearsal dinner. The wedding is 3 hours away from us (and almost everyone else). We booked a picnic shelter at a beautiful state park with an amazing view but now we are stuck on food. The cheapest way we can go is Italian. We are thinking of salad, spaghetti w/ marinara sauce & meatballs from this little local restaurant. Its not a chain restaurant or anything so it would have a nice local flair.
My FI and I can eat Italian every night and be happy. Is it weird or would you care to have Italian food both nights? While Italian the choices are still pretty different. Should I just stop worrying about it?
Post # 3
I normally don’t like to eat 2 similiar things on 2 nights, but that’s just me.
Since it’s in a shelter, it sounds like it’s pretty casual. You could go the bbq route.
Post # 4
We originally planned on BBQ, but it got so expensive so fast. If we were local we would be able to prepare some things ahead of time but since we’re not we would have to have everything catered. 🙁
Post # 6
Even though both nights are Italian because the food items are different on both nights, I don’t see what is wrong with having Italian both nights.
Post # 7
I agree with PP. Since you’re not serving exactly the same thing both nights, it’s okay. Plus, it’s not like all the guests are attending both the wedding and the RD.
Post # 8
@vttp926: Thanks! They are also different places which really makes a different with Italian food IMO. The rehearsal would be from an authentic little restaurant and the wedding is catered by the venue (good but a little less authentic).
Post # 9
I could eat Italian food all day, every day, but among my family and friends, I am one of the few who will admit this. I might consider something lighter. I just would hate the idea of anyone getting to the wedding and being less than happy because it is Italian, again.
Post # 10
Most picnic shelters have grills though. Throw some burgers and dogs on the grill and serve with chips, fruit and brownies and there you go. It would be a lot cheaper than spaghetti and no caterer needed, just maybe a guy who likes to grill.
Post # 11
@ssmith17: I think since you’re not serving the same dishes at both events, it’s fine. I think most people will just appreciate being fed decent food 2 nights in a row and not think “ITALIAN AGAIN?” Anyway, most people love Italian.
My shower and our wedding will both be Indian food, though they’ll be 2.5 months apart.
Post # 12
As a guest I wouldn’t mind at all – but I’m one of those people who could eat the same meals I like over and over again and not care. But if you’re still searching for a different option for the rehersal dinner, what about Mexican? That’s usually pretty inexpensive.