Post # 1
I’ve been scouting out locations for the Rehearsal Dinner for the last two weeks or so and everything has been a LOT more than I expected!
We had talked about having it at our house (which isn’t huge, but isn’t tiny), but I dismissed it because it seemed like it was going to be too much work. Well, after looking around online again today I found a pretty cool Mexican joint that will cater for about $11 per person. I could go to CostCo (or similar) and get all the drinks we’d need.
If we went this route I wouldn’t have to worry about keeping all the kiddos entertained, they could just all play! My one concern is there isn’t a LOT of seating at our house, but I think I could borrow some chairs to try to accomodate.
I should add I’m talking about 20 people here, so not a TON, but not just a handful either.
Post # 3
I think it sounds like a good idea, especially if your house is close to the rehearsal site. When my brother got married, my parents hosted the rehearsal dinner at their house, just down the road from the church. Before I started planning my wedding, I just thought that was the way things were done! I say go for it!
Post # 4
A friend of mine had their rehearsal dinner at her FI’s house over the summer. They had about 25-30 people, and rented picnic tables that they put outside. It was a BBQ style rehearsal, and we played horseshoes and basketball 🙂 It was really fun!
Post # 5
We’re holding our Rehearsal Dinner at my Mom’s place and having soups and sandwiches. I think we’ll have about as many as you will. I say go for it! It’s such a wonderful, homey idea!
Post # 6
We were actually going to do this…well we were going to have it at my mom’s house and have her make food. Then we realized, she can’t exactly make food if she’s at rehearsal dinner. We never thought about actually getting it catered in home. That is a really good idea. Her house is also 30 minutes away from all of our wedding sites, so it didn’t really make sense.
I think it’s a great idea if you have room and it’s pretty close to your sites. And it’s really cost effective. Just make sure you give yourself enough time between rehearsal to have everything set up, or you could do it all ahead of time.
Post # 7
We’re doing this! Our guest list is approximately the same size, and so far it hasn’t been difficult at all. My best friend also did an at-home Rehearsal Dinner for her wedding with catering by an Italian restaurant, and it was a lot of fun. Guests were much more relaxed, and we got to play with her puppies and mingle without owrrying about being appropriately dressed, etc.
If you can’t find a restaurant that you like in your price range I say go for it. Just be sure you
Post # 8
I am having mine at my Fiance parents home. I love the idea of everyone being relaxed, dressed comfortably, playing yard games, etc. The wedding will be a bit more formal and this gives everyone the opportunity to just hangout.
Post # 9
We’re considering doing it at our house and hiring a taco guy. I think it’s good for a casual, laid-back dinner.
If you really want a restaurant, have you tried Tio Leo’s? I would think they’d be pretty cheap. My sister had her rehearsal dinner there…I can ask her the amount if you want.
Post # 10
We are def. doing this! I am looking forward to having all our party in our cozy little apartment! Super intimate and for some reason I feel like I want everyone who has helped us get to where we are, and those who are funding the wedding, in our space and I want the chance to thank them in a personal manner. Having it at a restraunt would feel like it was taking away from the wedding somehow.
Post # 11
@SarahSD – If you wouldn’t mind asking your sister that’d be great!
Post # 12
We’re planning to do this, BBQ style! I think it’s going to be relaxed and fun. Not to mention it’ll be a little less pricey! We’ll probably make some potato and pasta salad, and get the meat and drinks at Costco. I’m getting excited just talking about it, and it’s still over a year away! 🙂 I say go for it.
Post # 13
I wanted to do this originally (at my in-laws house – they’re the only ones in the family who still live in me and my FI’s hometown) but the in-laws are already hosting the wedding reception at their home, so we thought it’d be too much to ask them to host two parties in two days! In your situation, it really sounds like it could work out and save you a lot of money.
Post # 14
A friend of mine did this and it worked out wonderfully. And sure saves costs vs. going to a restaurant! I say go for it!
Post # 15
We’re doing this too! My guy is Indian and most of my friends/family don’t like Indian food so we’ll have Indian food and pizza or something..this way everybody is pleased with the food. I love the BBQ idea many people mention!
Post # 16
I would loooooove to do this – my parents even have the space – but they don’t live close enough to the venue to make it worth it for all the people who live/are staying elsewhere.
I think it’s a GREAT idea, since the focus should be on bonding and having fun, not fanciness.