(Closed) Cheap Rehearsal Dinner Ideas

posted 7 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
881 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@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
288 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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@excitedtobeMRSF:  +1

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
14490 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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 # 6
8570 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We’re doing pizza hut.

Post # 8
1632 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I second pasta!

Baked Ziti/ Lasagna/ Sausage & Peppers

Caesar Salad with croutons and maybe sliced chicken breast

Dinner Rolls

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 # 10
1632 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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@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
784 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@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
13998 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
709 posts
Busy bee

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@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
2521 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • 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
1274 posts
Bumble bee

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. 🙂 


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