(Closed) Rehearsal dinner necessary?

posted 8 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think a rehearsal for a wedding is necessary but a rehearsal dinner is just a nice gesture, not necessary at all. Maybe instead of a picnic, you could go to someone’s house afterwords and maybe just pick up a couple of those fruit, cheese and meat trays that grocery stores sell.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

You are in no way obligated or required to provide a dinner.  Like the previous poster stated, you could always do something very casual with take out at someone’s home.  Do pizza and wings ~ everybody loves pizza and wings!!!!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

If you’re asking everybody to come out for a rehearsal, you really should feed them.  You don’t have to go out for a multi-course meal at a swank restaurant.  Go out for pizza.  Get chinese take-out.  Bake a couple of pans of lasagna and have it at someone’s house.

And, 40 people?  Can you cut that down?  The only people who really need to be invited are the people involved in the wedding ceremony and any spouses or fiances.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

i’m with sailor. it doesn’t have to be elaborate, but you should give them some sort of dinner-esque food.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think the fact that all your RD guests will have to travel to the location is even more of a reason why you should feed them- it is a nice thank you gesture for traveling.  Pizza or chinese food is fine.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@ankdance21: I think that’s absolutely fine. Mainly it’s just to visit with everyone pre-wedding and thank those who have helped.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@ankdance21

Pizza or Chinese in the hotel conference room sounds great.  Your guests will appreciate not having to fend for themselves for dinner in an unfamiliar town, and it will give you a chance to spend more time with everybody in a more intimate setting.  Go for it!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We’re in the same boat.. We decided to do a very casual rehearsal dinner with pizza, hot wings and beer.  Definitely a “t-shirt and jeans” affair.  At first I felt bad about it but now I’m really excited.  Our wedding and reception will be very formal, so it’s nice to have a more relaxed rehearsal dinner the night before as a way to chill and be ourselves.  I think it’s better to do something more informal and relaxed than to ditch the idea altogether.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think your friends will understand no matter what you decide to do, but I vote for ordering pizza! It could be that a low-key, low-stress affair is just what you and your bridal party will need on the night before the big day.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

@ankdance21:  Pizza at the hotel would suffice.  I really think that the rehearsal dinner should only be for the bridal party and maybe the parents.

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