Post # 1
I am contemplating whether to have a full fledged rehearsal dinner, or just have the quick run through with the wedding party. We are already on a shoe-string budget – 1500 including dress and honeymoon, after spending the last few months on diy projects, hours online trying to find deals for the wedding, and eating chili and ramen to try to supplement our budget, I just cannot figure out how we can afford a second party te night before. Unfortunately my family has been unable to help as much as they would like, my grandmother takes care of my mentally disabled mother, my father is deeply in debt and my two siblings are unable to help out too much. My fi family has already helped so much, his sister is hosting the reception at her place of business, MIL is making most of the food and gave us a family heirloom for my engagement ring, another sister is the officiant, etc. I really don;t know what to do! Is pizza and beer too tacky? would it be better to skip it all together? any ideas or opinions would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
Can you do the run through with the bridal party and immediate family, followed by the pizza and beer? Everyone close to you knows your situation, and no one is going to judge you. If a meal of pizza and beer with the people you love is going to make you happy, do it. I think the time with loved ones is far more important than the what or where.
Post # 4
Another option is get some cold cut platters and have people over to one of your houses.
Post # 5
@arimmer1990: I think it’s nice even if it’s just pizza or something quick and easy as a way to say thank you to your bridal party.
Post # 6
I think those closest to you will appreciate the effort no matter what, plus pizza and beer is awesome.
Post # 7
We didn’t have a rehearsal – you don’t need one. People will figure out how to walk down the aisle and stand at the front 🙂
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Order pizza and beer or you can make a lasagna (or two if there are vegetarians) for super cheap. Just invite the absolute bare minimum required people for the rehearsal (i.e. parents and bridal party.)
Post # 9
Thanks everyone, I was leaning toward having something simple and cheap, I feel alot better about the decision now!
Post # 10
@arimmer1990: Why don’t you have a potlach? Everyone can come, bring a small item, you could supply a couple bottles of wine to do a last toast before the wedding? Make it fun and casual! The people who love you don’t care about a fancy meal, they are there for YOU!
Post # 11
Simple and cheap is great for a rehearsal dinner! But I do think a rehearsal dinner of some kind is a nice way to thank your bridal party for taking the time to go to your rehearsal. And who doesn’t love pizza and beer?!