Post # 1
Fiance and I have been narrowing down our choices for Rehearsal dinners and recently, we passed by a Benihana (http://www.benihana.com/) near the hotel where several of our guests will be staying.
I thought it might be a fun place for a rehearsal, but Fiance was more hesitant – he thought that it might inhibit conversations/socialization. I think it might do the opposite!
What say you, hive?
Post # 3
Yum! I think it would be a ton of fun, and very unique. The people who make your food don’t stay there throughout the whole meal, so you’d have plenty of time to socialize. I think it’s a great idea!
Post # 4
@DarlingNikki586 – thanks for the comment! I appreciate your thoughts =)
Post # 5
That is a lot of fun… but I agree with your Fiance that it could ruin the flow of the party. Hmm, are you going to need more than 1 table? If you’ll all fit at one table then it should be okay, but If you need a few tables it might make the conversations a little awkward.
Post # 6
@Recessionista – thanks for your feedback!! Our group will not be that big, doing a count, it’s about 12 people. We may have to go to two tables, but we’ll see…Fiance said we can go to dinner there sometime and ‘test it out’ (another reason he was skeptical is that he has never been!)
Post # 7
how many people are you planning on having at your rehearsal dinner? if you had a really big crowd I think something like benihana would be fun. You could probably get a big room and then people could mingle and walk around during the dinner. But I agree with pp that if it’s a small group, it might be more diificult!
Post # 8
I love that idea for a small group, but depending on how big the tables are you will probably have to get 2 which makes it harder to socialize with people at a different table. I always have so much fun when I go, but here we have Sakura instead of benihana
Post # 9
@thefuturemrsjewell — thanks for your point of view on the matter! ATM it was like 12 guests, but adding dates, it *could* reach 14, or 16??
@MrsSl82be — thanks for your input! The socializing aspect is one that I am really mulling over, as there are some people that have never met before (our parents, gasp!)
Post # 10
wow! Your parents haven’t met before and are going to meet at the rehearsal dinner? I would definitely do a more intimate restaurant. It doesn’t need to be an expensive restaurant, but if you have 14-16 people I am sure you could find a great restaurant where you could have a private room or something like that to have a dinner that’s better for talking and getting to know each other! Good luck!
Post # 11
I am exactly with your Fiance on this one! I love love love Benihana’s food, and they’re great for first dates and rowdy parties, but if you actually want to get a chance to TALK with your family and friends, it’s not the place to go. The focus at benihana is on 1) the chef and 2) the food. AFTER that you can focus on your company.
Post # 12
I love Benihana and think it is super fun idea for a small-ish rehearsal dinner! I would check out the layout to see if there is a place where the two tables feel like you would all be together. And also to check out the cleaniless – most benihana’s are great, but I have seen a few that are kind of dirty….
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
Honestly, I hate to be a downer but I think a Rehearsal Dinner at Benihana wouldn’t be that social or feel like a celebration. I’ve found that it is really hard to talk to anyone besides the two people left and right of you at those places bc of the way the tables are set up. Plus, the chef and the cooking take all the attention, so things like toasts and stuff might be difficult. Personally, if it’s a smaller group (like, under 15) I would go somewhere else a little less crazy….
Post # 14
- Wedding: March 2009 - Byodo-In Temple, Luau Reception
I think Benihana would be a great place for a rehersal dinner; great food, a lil’ entertainment, but (like DarlingNikki said) you’d still have plenty of time to socialize with your guests. Although I had my reception at a luau so I might be the wrong person to ask. :o)
Post # 15
Hehe, thanks everyone for your opinions. And if anyone was curious, our parents haven’t met before because we live in FL, his live in Iowa and mine in Japan; plus his parents are divorced & his dad is remarried…so I thought that maybe something that doesn’t make everyone sit face to face might be nice.
@rungurl10 – you have very valid points, however, I think our Rehearsal Dinner is going to be less traditional than most? FI doesn’t want toasts and does not like attention on him, even for our wedding.
@Janna19 – I am definitely with you on checking the place out before going with it – this restaurant actually just opened (this outlet of it) this summer so hopefully it hasn’t gotten bad that quickly, lol.
@sushi – Haha, no, you are not the wrong person to ask! =) My dad’s side of the family is from hawaii, so you might be the right person to ask, in a way! We thought a ‘kinda’ Japanese restaurant is perfect for our ‘kinda’ Japanese crowd (I’m 1/2 Japanese and 1/4 Chinese, 1/4 Caucasian). FI is haole, lol.
@ everybody who has commented so far —
THANK YOU! For some reason, this rehearsal dinner has honestly been the most difficult part of planning for us; if it’s not the restaurant choice, it’s the time (everyone is flying in the day before the wedding, and so their flight times will dictate WHEN we can hold the rehearsal) or who’s going to pay! Wow wow wow. I appreciate everyone’s honest opinions!
Post # 16
Can i come? I looooove benihana food =]