Post # 17
Not that long ago, there wasn’t even such a thing as a rehearsal dinner. The number of things that a couple are expected to do these days to host a wedding is kind of ridiculous. I like casual rehearsal dinners — less stressful for everyone, and it doesn’t feel like you’re actually hosting two separate weddings in two days.
Post # 18
Casual RDs are perfectly awesome! Go that route!
But I would maybe see if you can find someone else who is willing ot host it because I can definitely understand not wanting to have to deal with that at your house the night before the wedding.
Post # 19
I agree with the cheaper rehearsal dinner. I would look into a pizza/beer party at a restaurant as well – you may end up in the same financial ballpark as the backyard get together BUT you won’t have to set up or clean up.
Post # 20
Save your money and go casual. Any chance one of your parents or someone in the bridal party would offer their backyard for the RD? That way you don’t have to stress.
I’m getting married in November, so an outdoor Rehearsal Dinner is out of the question for me, but I would totally do it if I could. We are doing it at FI’s fave mexican restaurant, plus his friend owns it, so we are getting a good deal.
Post # 21
Rehearsal dinners are casual by default. Save the money for the wedding.
Post # 22
CHEAPER/CASUAL Rehersal Dinner for sure!!! We are also on a tight budget, and ive been stressing about the Rehearsal Dinner for awhile too…but its silly because our friends and family are casual and im sure they wont expect much….We’re thinking of possibly buying those special discounted gift cards at Costco to one of the restaurants in the area, and just having dinner at one of those places to save money..We’re not into real fancy/detailed dinners..we’re a casual couple and so are our friends and family…im sure they would also be more comfortable in a loud setting rather than a fancy restaurant! Just go with it and have a good time..whether or not that means pizza and beer, bbq joint, or a casual buffet etc..! Just find what kind of food you want…and look for restaurants in the area that fit the budget etc.
Post # 23
I was not having a rehersal dinner, but now I have heard @qwerty1’s beer and pizza idea… i might! lol
Post # 24
Thanks ladies, I love the Bee because it pulls me back from crazyweddingblogsmultimillionareland. This was one of those situations where I had always planned to have a casual, fun Rehearsal Dinner and then started reading too many things on the internet that said I was a cheap bitch for not throwing an appropriate Rehearsal Dinner. Sometimes I just get too caught up and need a dose of reality!