(Closed) WHY are Rehearsal Dinners so expensive?

posted 5 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Depends on what you want– we did chopped salad, pizza, desserts and beverages (including beer/wine) for 25 people, totaled at $485 here in Chicago.  Private room all to ourselves, it was nice and casual!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We did a casual pizza & beer dinner at a local restaurant.  They set up the party room for us, so it was all to ourselves 🙂

Maybe check into local area restaurants, or look into catering some pasta or bbq… they tend to be a little less expensive.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We did our rehearsal dinner at an upscale Latin restaurant in downtown Seattle for $20pp for food and $12pp open bar (beer, wine, top-shelf signature margaritas, sangria, non alcoholic drinks) for 6pm-9pm.  It was a buffet in a private room — just call restaurants and tell them what you want to spend per person for your event and see what it gets you.  Ask if you spend a certain amount, can they waive the room fee.  Ask about different bar packages.  Even if a restaurant doesn’t advertise “private events” or banquets, they can still put together an awesome event for you and it doesn’t have to be cheesy or cheap.

 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

Why not just do it at a restaurant? Don’t tell them it’s a rehearsal dinner, just that you have a group coming in. When the check comes around, just pick it up (this is assuming that you don’t have rude asses in your wedding party who will think this translates to Unlimited Bar.)

Honestly, I am probably going to have mine at like Applebees. There aren’t too many restaurants in the small town where my venue is located, and the ones that are there are $$$$$. If people want steak, they can come to the wedding and get it there!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I too thought prices were outrageous for a rehearsal dinner! We were looking for something more casual, finger foods & apps as opposed to a sit down dinner.. We still got some quotes of as much as $800 for APPETIZERS! We’ll have 30ish people at our rehearsal dinner.. we ended up going with a sports bar.. they have a few rooms, so we’ll be able to have one closed off for just us.. it was a $250 deposit to hold the room, but that money goes towards whatever food we order. We’re going to order just around $250 worth of food.. so it’ll even out.. then we’ll have a bar tab (we’re only offering beer). So it’ll won’t be that bad. So maybe check out a sports bar, or something more casual.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Look into BYOB (bring your own bottle) restaurants, if you have those in your area. 

These tend to be family owned and little bit on the affordable side.

We are having our dinner at an Italian BYOB at $25/person 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

There are other options out their, when our time comes in a few years we plan on doing a beautiful afternoon mountain hike and BBQ to show out of town guests one of our favorite places. It will be way more personal and more “us” than a fancy restaurant, not to mention extreamly less expensive so try and think outside the box

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@karineh:  Majority of restaurants that offer “bring your own wine” charge you a corkage fee. A restaurant we went to was offering that at 20$ per bottle.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We did ours in a space that is connected to the theatre we got married in.  There was no cost to rent the place because it isn’t officially open yet, we brought in our own food (We had it catered through a restaurant, and it actually ended up being comped 100%), brought in our own alcohol.  I think our rehearsal dinner cost us $50 for 35 people.  I realize this is unusual, but keep looking!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Ugh, I don’t even want to think about that!
My friend told me hers cost $1k+
Honestly, I feel like getting a few vegan wraps, nachos, etc, and sitting on the floor of my hotel room with some pals, lol!

Post # 14
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Wannabee

@Ellegee:  Which restaurant did you use? I’m in Seattle and on the lookout for a good place to hold the rehearsal dinner. Thanks for any help!

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@hartmamp:  i could not agree with you more its insane….

were going to have it at our home just his parents my parents and the bridal party ; )

were going to cook up some good food and snacks and have an intimate night with the wedding party and give them there gifts. that’s what i did for my brother when he got married me and my mom threw the rehearsal dinner it was so nice we cooked and baked treats it was really nice

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@feb_bride23:  Cactus SLU – Brett was awesome helping us plan! 

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