Tell me about your rehearsal dinner..

posted 3 years ago in Parties
  • poll: Where was your rehearsal dinner?
    Restaurant : (37 votes)
    60 %
    Our house : (1 votes)
    2 %
    Someone else's house : (7 votes)
    11 %
    Our venue : (5 votes)
    8 %
    Other : (11 votes)
    18 %
    We didn't have a rehearsal dinner : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    4043 posts
    Honey bee

    @rcac1208:  We had our rehearsal dinner at my DH’s mom’s house (it was 5 minutes from the venue). We got catered bbq (brisket, pulled pork, green chili stew, baked beans) and wings from Buffalo Wild Wings. It was delicious and casual. It was a very nice, relaxed setting. I think it complemented our wedding, which was an outdoor semi-formal event.

    Post # 4
    595 posts
    Busy bee

    For my daughter’s upcoming wedding, the groom’s parents have reserved a private room at a local steakhouse in the “tourist” area of town, since most of their guests are from out of town.  They selected a barbeque menu that I believe will be served as a buffet.  They are including not only the wedding party and their dates, but also most of their out of town family members, so there will be about 40 people there.  I think all that is important is that what you do fit the tone of your wedding and your personalities – there is not one “right” way to host a rehearsal dinner.

    Post # 5
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We had catered BBQ in a building at a state park!

    Post # 6
    4965 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We are having ours at my dad’s house. It falls on July 4 so we are having a big bbq thats catered by a bbq company. My dad has a huge back yard, and we are going to rent tables/chairs and hope it’s not too hot! 

    I am going to tell people to dress SUPER casual so they are comfortable, and also we are going to do fun “field day” like games/wiffle ball.

    Post # 7
    490 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We had ours at the venue after the rehearsal and setting up the night before.  It worked out well.

    Post # 9
    8282 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    We had it at a restaurant. They had a menu where we’d pick and choose 3 or 4 courses ( I forget )

    The food was delicious; however my nerves were so shot I could hardly eat. Groom’s mom paid for it. She said choose whichever restaurant we wanted, so we chose our favorite one in my old town. 

    Post # 10
    789 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    FI wanted a really low key, relaxed, BBQ.  We’re renting out a beautiful building overlooking the intercoastal waterway, and having a BBQ dinner catered.  FI’s family is paying for it, and I struggled at first with voicing my own opinion, but his family is so sweet I got over it quickly and helped with planning as needed.

    Post # 11
    357 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We had the dinner at a restaurant halfway between the venue/hotel and “on the way” home for most guests not staying in hotels. We did heavy apps (enough for full meal for everyone) and then ran a bar tab. The room rental was free and we had our own server to bring everyone their drinks. It was awesome and very casual and on budget. His mom gave us $1000 for the rehearsal so we wanted to stay close to that so she would really feel like she paid for it – she was worried she wasn’t contributing enough, even though we told her she didn’t need to contribute anything. I think with tax and gratuity it was just over 1k (it helped that one of our guests – for some reason – snuck off and paid $100 of the bar tab for us!).

    Post # 12
    1604 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We had ours at Rock Bottom. It’s a chain restaurant but I don’t think it’s in all states. It’s my husband’s favorite place and he loves their beer.

    We rented the private dining room and had 5 menu choices for our guests. My MIL picked up the bill (SHOCKINGLY) and it was around $300 for 13 people, not including alcohol.

    We actually had a really good time. They gave us bread as an appetizer, the entree (some came with salads/soup), and then a giant cake for dessert.


    Post # 13
    7281 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    We had it on the deck of a local waterfront restaurant. We were able to select 4 options for each course (appetizer, main, and dessert) and guests had to pre-select from those choices. We gave our order to the restaurant ahead of time to streamline service. For drinks, everyone could order whatever they wanted and we paid on consumption.

    Post # 14
    1835 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    We had dinner at a nice Mexican restaurant. We had a private room and a set menu. So everyone got an appetizer, a choice of 3 entrees, and fried ice cream…and of course margaritas! DHs parents paid for the whole thing and it was really lovely, but I had such nerves I didn’t really get to enjoy it! Lol

    Post # 15
    285 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    We are having ours in the private area of a local hibachi grill. Everyone gets apps of edamame, spring rolls and wontons, and then soup and salad. Then, they will choose between steak, salmon, shrimp, chicken or veggie stir fry. Fi’s parents are paying. For dessert, we’re taking everyone to the fro-yo shop next door.

    Post # 16
    875 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    For our reheearsal dinner my DH’s parents rented out the entirety of a small restaurant very close to the church where the rehearsal was held. It is a family favorite so it is very fun to get to go back there now for a sunday dinner!


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