Rehearsal Dinner – Questions

posted 3 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I think you have to cover drinks.  However, $30 per person seems high.  Where do you live?  Can you find a more reasonable restaurant?  We are having ours at a nice restaurant, but they are working with us to develop a menu for the rehersal dinner.  We are offer 5 dinner choices (all $20 and under) for the guests.  Maybe you can work with them on customizing something more simple for you.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

We are offering pop and juice and other non-alcoholic drinks except for the first part of dinner where guests will have a choice of either red wine or white wine and they will receive one glass of either or. I don’t think that is wrong. If they want to drink more great but it shouldn’t be on your tab 🙂 Hope that helps!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@MissKit:  my rehearsal had a select menu that included non alcoholic drinks. i think its fair not to cover alcoholic drinks. We printed off our select menu and it on the table. The restaurant reccommed that we do that. We gave them like 8 meal options and had 2 kids meal options. It helped my ILs with coming up with a budget. 🙂

Post # 8
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Busy bee

We’re not paying for drinks, it’s just dinner it’s not an all night type thing. If they want a beer or two they shouldn’t be offended that they have to get it themselves.

I like to use my young, broke, college student face for these issues. 😉

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@MissKit:  I think it was set it was 12.50 pp, I believe, that included a drink (pop/juice/tea/coffee). We had 30 guests. None of the menu items were priced over $15. If the place you picked doesnt offer a group discount, you could always make your own select menu. That way you can figure out a budget. I wouldnt expect guests to spring for the most expensive item on the menu, but you never know. 

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

We didn’t actually have a rehearsal, but we had most of our guests flying in from other states so we wanted to host a welcome dinner.  We did ours on the cheap by renting a conference suite in a hotel (same place as our recpetions and ceremony) and having our friends cook for us (we purchased the ingredients).  We then got kegs of locally brewed beer to go with our NC Bbq buffet that we set up.  I think the whole thing cost us about $600 (including the room) for about 45 people.  I even baked two red velvet cakes for dessert.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We are having our rehearsal dinner at a restaurant. We are offering two drinks per person, they will get two drink tickets, if they want more after that then they will have to buy it. We figured that two drinks should be plenty for a 2 hour event. Most of my family won’t drink so i’ll encourage them to give their tickets to the drinking guests.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MissKit:  I think a restaurant would definitely be less stressful.  For us it wasn’t practical because our guests like to drink, plus since they were traveling we would have to provide transportation.  This way our guests could just come up to the room, then stumble back to theirs when they had their fill.  Here’s our cost for the night

Room: $170

Food: $103

Beers: $210 (three 1/6 kegs of NC handcrafted beer)

Misc (plates, forks, cups, soda, etc): $70

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I’ve heard Buca di Bepo has a deal that includes 2 drinks per person or something. I think it’s closer to the $20/person range. Do you live near one? 

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