Post # 1
It slipped my mind about the Rehearsal Dinner until the other day. When I mention it to my Sweetheart, he tells me. “Oh I figure we won’t have one. Maybe suggest that we all go to the same place to eat and everyone can pay for themselves.” We have a ton of people coming from out of town that day for the rehearsal. I feel horrible making them pay.
I KNOW we can do a cheap rehearsal dinner. We can just do it in the reception hall at the church where the reception will be at, I can set up area that won’t affect the decorations for the reception to have to eat. We should be feeding 25 people, any suggestions on simple dinner items. We are on a tight budget, but I don’t want to break the bank. But I want to show suggestions to my sweetheart that we can do it.
I know it tradition for the Groom’s parents to pay but they are paying for the food for the wedding. I have no parents, so it out of our pockets.
Post # 3
@Jacquelinesc84: Pasta is cheap so you could get some large tin foil trats and do pasta and maybe some bread and salad if you want to make it yourself. We have about 45 people coming for our rehersal dinner and the food cost (not including any beverages) is $335 because we are going with a local small family reasturaunt to cater a hot italian buffett to our hotel conference room (we got a huge break for the conference room because we have such a huge room block) You could try contacting resturaunts in the area to see if you can find the same type of thing. Another option is cicis catering or a large pizza order from pizza hut, papa johns ect. Also try asking places like chipoltle or subway. Subway catering is awesome. Rehersal dinners do not have to be fancy!
Post # 4
If you have a rehersal, I think you need to have SOMETHING for the people involved in the rehersal afterward. Boys sometimes smdh. I don’t necessarily think you have to invite every out of town guest, I know it is traditional and such but sometimes you have to draw the line.. However, I think it is a very nice thing to do if you can swing it.
Yeah doesn’t have to be fancy. Olive Garden to go or pizza are some options I thought about.
Subs from walmart are cheap and they are pretty good. A 6ft sub runs about $26.00 and you can split it up into different types. That’s probably what we are going to do. I’m in a similar situation where we are paying for everything. Add some chips/dip, sodas, some cookies…and there ya go.
You could always have a late rehersal with light snacks afterward if you really have to squeeze your dollars.
Post # 5
We grilled out at my dads house outside, but he had the biggest yard. Pasta is good and can be done ahead of time. I think your best bet might be cold sandwiches which you can make or order from a sub place. Even some local grocery stores could make you a packaged meal inexpensively. There is one by my house that does the most amazing fried chicken and its really cheap.
Post # 7
Thanks! This is what I’m thinking, if our wedding parties wasn’t all from out of town (many coming in that day) I wouldn’t of thought much of it. But I know they will be hungry, I was thinking subs or something simple like pizza or pasta. 4 of the 5 groomsmen are all coming in at the same time (driving in), I KNOW those guys will be starving!
I will give some of these as suggestions.
Post # 8
I second pasta!
Baked Ziti/ Lasagna/ Sausage & Peppers
Caesar Salad with croutons and maybe sliced chicken breast
Also, Chili is cheap and a crowd pleaser. You can keep it warm in a crockpot.
Skip the individual sodas and water bottles. 4C makes a Peach iced tea that is crazy good.
Bakes some chocolate chip cookies out of the new Pillsubury tub and call it a day! The tub of dough may not be so new, but it’s deep and you can bake a lot of cookies.
Post # 9
@CurlyCue: Chili is actually a genius idea! (I love one dish meals!) That super simple can be left in crockpots to stay warm during rehearsal and I don’t care if I’m the one making it. I know I will have others to help me. Thanks! I appreciate it! I will talk to him today about it.
Post # 10
@Jacquelinesc84: yes, the chili is one pot, but don’t leave out the fixings…I like mine with some shredded cheese, jalapeños, corn muffins. LOL
Post # 11
@Jacquelinesc84: Oo I like the chili idea too! I was going to suggest pulled pork in a couple crockpots, and have some buns and a few sides.
Post # 12
Pizza and beer. You can find a lot of places who will have really cheap pizza deals, and go buy some beer at Costco. Paper plates, napkins, and the food are really your only expense.
Post # 13
@Jacquelinesc84: yeah, i prefer the chili over the pizza / sub as well… it sounds like not everyone will be arriving at the same time? so i’d rather have food that will be nice for someone eating it at 7pm or 9pm (i think subs might get a little soggy and pizza gets cold)
Post # 14
Cook some trays of lasagna- they are pretty cheap to make.
additionally, have you considered doing a pizza place? I’m going to a friend’s rehearsal dinner this weekend at a pizza place and my fiancé and I are planning a casual pizza rehearsal dinner too. we have a ton of out of town guests and want to be able to include them
Post # 15
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
We did lasagne trays for my brother’s rehearsal dinner. It was at his house, which was a lot more intimate than a restaurant.
Post # 16
Chili is a great idea, you could also just grab some buns, salads/sides from Costco or the grocery store and grab a veggie or cheese tray too.
Some pizza/pasta places do pasta as well, where you could order enough pasta, garlic bread and salad for 25 or so people. We did that for a laid back engagement party hosted at a friend’s place. It was really yummy and easy too!
Rehearsal dinners don’t have to be fancy, just good food. 🙂