Post # 1
what are you budgeting for your Rehearsal Dinner?
I know we are looking to have ours at a restaurant, ideally. Fi’s parents have graciously offered to pay, but I was trying to get averages. I realize area and amount of people would alter it! I called someplace today that had an $1,100.00 food and drink minimum and wasn’t sure if that was normal. Taxes and tip not included with that.
please tell me the amount of people you had and what the about cost was! Thanks!!
Post # 2
We did mini lobster rolls and mini sub sandwiches, with a keg and wine, for all our guests. For 75 people we spent, I think, about $500 total…maybe a little more. Different people bought and brought different things, so I’m not exactly sure.
When I was looking around, though, for all the people who would have had to be invited to the rehearsal dinner, it would have been much more expensive to have a restaurant dinner.
Post # 3
I believe we paid between $1000-1200 for ours (would have to check with Darling Husband to be sure) for about 50 people. It was a nice three-course buffet (several kinds of pasta, several kinds of fish/chicken for main entrees) with private staff at a nice restaurant in Massachusetts (no alcohol).
Post # 4
We did a welcome dinner for everyone. We used the hotel meeting room (super dated and boring, but we didn’t care) and my dad cooked BBQ and we had serve yourself lemoade/iced tea/beer/wine. We did splurge and hire a bluegrass band but my dad knows them so they were only $300. We spent about $200 on drinks, but lots were left over and used the next day at the wedding. So I had voted 400-699 range, but I didn’t addi in the food cost. I’m not sure exactly how much my dad spent on the food, but I’d guess another $200-400? So I shoul have voted in the 700-999 category.
Post # 5
mrsdevries: my in-laws paid for our rehearsal dinner too. We had a formal sit down dinner/lunch. We did the church rehearsal at 2pm and then 3pm was the dinner at a restuarant right down the block from the Church.
I know the price she paid because I had inquired about prices for another party I was hosting, and it was about $30-$35 per person and we had 19 people at the dinner.
Post # 6
mrsdevries: We had a BBQ at my dad’s house for 50 people (yes a bit extreme but we had a huge bridal party). We invited bridal party (9 groomsmen + 7 bridesmaids plus their SO’s and kids), close family, and out of towners. We spent about $1,000 on the food and about $600 on tent/table/chair rentals. I would say another $300/400 on water, booze, desserts, etc. So a grand total of about $200. Luckily, our parents had each given us a set amount of money they would contribute and all this still fit into the budget. It was an awesome time – totally relaxed, we played lawn games, etc. So much fun.
Post # 7
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
mrsdevries: Drinks, pizzas, breadsticks for 15 people just over $400 with taxes and tip at a local restaurant.
Post # 8
Father-In-Law paid for it, so I’m not sure, but I think it was around $700 for a sit down dinner for 16-18 people. (Our wedding was 50 people) We invited out of town guests, wedding party and immediate family.
We found a nice restaurant with a small banquet room (holds less than 20 people around one large table). I think it was around $27pp+tax/grat. Wine and beer was extra. But it was delicious (choices I think were steak, chicken or salmon with salad and dessert). I think we lucked out, however. I just checked their website and the prices have gone up to $45pp for the cheapest package.
If you can, do the rehersal earlier in the day. You might be able to get cheaper prices if you show up at 3pm or 4pm rather than the later. (the price difference for the same menu that I mentioned above was $9pp just for having it at lunch time)
Post # 9
Oh my gosh, I saw your poll and almost had to breathe into a bag, bridezilla freakout time! After reading the comments I feel a lot better though, I forgot for a second that most rehearsal dinners aren’t for 100% of the wedding guests, that makes a lot more sense. We’re spending something like $20K for our destination welcome dinner (but we have a florist, a band, caterers, bartenders, bringing in lighting, photo/video coverage, the works).
Post # 10
MrsTywinLannister: If you are paying $20K for a welcome dinner, how much are you spending on the wedding?
Post # 11
MrsTywinLannister: that sounds like a wedding reception to me haha
Post # 12
FI’s parents are paying for ours, and I know it won’t be cheap. We haven’t narrowed down the food, but have an idea of what we want to do – either nacho/taco bar… or just some pizzas. It’s at a local gastropub that we always have after-parties at, so it will be a fun time. I’m guessing we’ll be $1K+ when it’s done – food and drinks included.
Post # 13
we’re doing a 50 person catered party (mobile wood fired pizza oven) in my parent’s backyard 🙂 between the food, beer, wine and decor, we’ll likely spend 2,000.00.
Post # 14
- Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida
mrsdevries: My rehearsal is going to be a little over $4K. My FIL’S are hosting it at our favorite restaurant and the dinner is $55 a head and we will have and open bar $25 a head for 2 hours this is for 50 people We have a ton of my FMIL’s family coming in from Out of Town.
Dinner selection is:
Salad: choice of Field green salad or Caesar.
Main: Herb grilled chicken breast with a brandied peppercorn and mushroom sauce, Grilled Market Fish with a Shrimp Scampi sauce or Filet Mignon with a Bernaise sauce
Dessert choice of: Key Lime pie, NY Style Cheesecake or Chocolate Raspberry Torte
Post # 15
MrsTywinLannister: agree with KoiKove: and BeeinBoston: If your rehearsal dinner is that much how much are ou spending on your entire wedding? Good grief. my whole wedding won’t even cost that much lol.