Post # 1
I am trying to give my FILs all of the necessary information to decide on a ‘reasonable’ rehearsal dinner. So, I was hoping some of you could give me a few details on what you did for your RD or what you have planned…
How much are you spending on each plate (salad, entree, dessert) before taxes and gratuities?
Are you having food catered to a venue or are you using a restaurant?
Any other details you want to offer would be much appreciated. Thanks!
Post # 3
Ours was a small family owned italian restaurant about $21/person. It included appetizers, salad, breadsticks, two entrees, and dessert (cheesecake!) and drinks. We had 32 people and ended up around $25-$26/pp with taxes and grat. ABout $850 maybe for 32 people….it’s definitely on the low end and it was by no means a fancy restaurant–just casual with absolutely stellar food
Post # 4
Our RD is about 21/person before taxes & tip. There are three entree choices plus a dinner salad, but as far as I know, no bread or dessert is included. We’ll probably end up bringing a bunch of our own wine, with a corkage fee of $10/bottle.
It’s a pretty trendy restaurant in a really popular and artsy part of Minneapolis, so I though it was pretty reasonable considering that. We definitely could have gone cheaper if we left our area of the city and looked around in the suburbs. At the end of the day, it’ll be probably just shy of 1k to feed everybody (36-38 people) and we don’t know how much the wine will be yet 🙂
Post # 5
We had ours at a bar/resturant (Barefoot Bar). We had 25 people and it cost approximately $1000 for the open bar, appetizers, salad, meal (pork tenderloin), and dessert.
Post # 6
we’re having ours at a very nice restaurant and it will include 30-35 guests. i gave my MIL/FIL the option to choose the $20 buffet, $25 family-style, or $30 and up waitstaff serving style. that way i know it will be great and they can choose which price range they feel most comfortable with.
Post # 7
we’re keeping it very casual because we wanted to be able to include all of the oot guests. we’re going to have it at my fi’s parent’s house and they’re going to bring in platters from sam’s club and publix. we’re keeping it no fuss because there’s already so much going on that weekend.
Post # 8
Us too artbee! Hope the weather is nice because we’re using the in-laws backyard! We’ll be ordering out and doing some bar-B-Q This way we can have as many people as we want, and not feel like we are putting out his parents. They are already contributing a huge amount of money to our wedding fund! Plus we’re kinda a rowdy bunch!
Post # 9
We are having ours at a very popular Brewery native to San Diego, we have the entire patio for our party and it will be about $35.00 per person. That includes appetizers, three choice entree and beer/wine/softdrinks/tea/coffe ALL NIGHT (well at least for the 4 hour time block we have!) Pretty reasonable compared to all the other places. We will have about 40 people there and with tax/service charge it comes out to about $1,800.
Post # 10
We are having ours catered at the, catch this now…conference room at the Hampton Inn where most of our wedding guests are staying. Now, I will tell you that our Hampton Inn is very nice-will be decorated to the nine’s for the fall season and we have the conference room and patio area-which has palm trees with white lights in them, a large area for dancing or socializing. We are having appetizers (2), caesar salad, two casseroles (I use that term loosely-chicken tetrazinni that is out of this world and homemade lasagna), bread, dessert, drinks, coffee service-including dish rentals, flatware rentals and glassware, service with the caterer and waitstaff, busing, cleaning up, champagne glass rental and opening and serving the champagne for the toasting. All of this for 40 guests for a bit under $500. We lucked out with the venue-it is really nice and if you didn’t know it was a Hampton Inn, you wouldn’t have any idea in the room-dark woods, marble buffet area, dark yellow paint that looks terrific with our fall colors and autumn decorations-leaf garlands, scattered leaves, lots of candles-should be pretty and is very economical. I should also note, that almost everyone in the wedding party and our family has kids, so they will be there also. It will be very convenient for folks to just be able to take the elevator up to their rooms when we are done.
Post # 11
Ours cost $550 for 30 people, which was a lot lower than we thought. After reading some posts I feel like we got a steal but most people around here in WI where I live just do a BBQ at their house or go somewhere for burgers and fries.
Ours was hosted at a cozy Italian restaurant; we had 4 entree options, salad, Italian bread, and gave each guest 2 drink tickets (that were attached to the menus) which could be used for cocktails, beer, house wine or soda (soda was unlimited).
Post # 12
Ours was about 30 minutes outside of Philadelphia at a brewery. We had some appetizers (family style), salad, choice of two entrees, and choice of two desserts. Each course was paired with a beer, and each guest was served a 10oz glass of the beer for that course.
It worked out to $1,150 including tax and tip, so if you remove the $60 for tax, and $150 for the tip, it works out to $42.75 a person for 22 people. It was a little expensive, but it included parking in the parking garage, and since we’re beer snobs, it was the one thing hubby really wanted!
Post # 13
Ours will be at a restaurant in Philly. We’re having the bridal party and their familes, and parents/grandparents, about 30 people. We’re having a buffet consisting of: House Salad, Jambalya, Roast Beef Au Jus, Asian Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Assorted Desserts including Bananas Foster, including all non-alcoholic drinks. The room charge is $150 and with that we get a private room downstairs, with a private bar, slide projector and projection screen. The total buffet cost is $24/pp +TT and $5/child +TT. Cash bar – since no one will be drinking much with the wedding the next day. Expected cost will be around $870 total.
Hey pvaulter….did you go to the Manayunk Brewery?