(Closed) Affordable rehearsal dinner: Family-style dining? Something else?

posted 5 years ago in Houston
Post # 3
Bee
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

I haven’t eaten at any family-style restaurants in Houston, but I know there are Italian restaurants that have that arrangement. My cousin had her graduation party in Honolulu at Buca di Beppo and it was family-style – I’d bet that the Buca di Beppo in Houston also offers family-style dining. And I think I’ve heard that the Spaghetti Warehouse in downtown Houston offers family-style dining too. Good luck!

Oh, btw, tips for saving on meals:

1) Skip the alcohol for the rehearsal dinner – I’ve been to tons of weddings where the families/wedding party were hungover from the night before. We didn’t pay for any alcohol at our Rehearsal Dinner (which was at Americas Restaurant in The Woodlands), and guests who wanted booze bought their own drinks.

2) Ask for a lunch menu. I dunno if all restaurants will let you do that, but we talked to the restaurant’s events coordinator about our budget, and how important it was to invite all of our out-of-town guests but we couldn’t afford a big 5-course meal, and she let us serve a lunch menu instead of a dinner menu (even though the event was at 7 pm!). The portions were smaller but everyone was fed and happy.

3) Find a place where you pay for food, not for renting out a private dining room. Americas let us hold our Rehearsal Dinner in a private room for free, as long as we met a food and beverage minimum. Since we had so many guests (50), we didn’t have trouble meeting the minimum (I think it was $1000 or $1500). If you ALSO have to pay to rent out a space, that’s just getting wayy too expensive, especially for a rehearsal dinner!

4) I’ve been to a wedding where the rehearsal dinner was at a park, under a huge covered area. Have you looked into that? Even if it rained people would be under cover, and parks usually have lots of parking. You could grill hot dogs and burgers and fajitas, or something low-key like that, and save a lot of money. Plus your guests could play frisbee or touch football or some games, and it could be more of a fun party than just sitting around at a restaurant. We really wanted to do that, but since our whole wedding was outdoors, we figured it might be overkill for people who don’t really like being outside haha.

Post # 4
Member
1132 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Mrs. Wallaby:  We’re having our rehearsal dinner at Buca di Beppo, I’ve done lots of dinners there and they are always fun!

Post # 5
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904 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I have eaten at a Buca di Beppo in Conroe (at least I think it was in Conroe… it’s the closest location to where my family lives!), and I really enjoyed it.  It was family-style, and I think it would great for a rehearsal dinner.

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