(Closed) Do rehearsal dinners HAVE to take place at a restaraunt?

posted 5 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Not at all! We would have had an outdoor BBQ had our wedding not been in November.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012 - The Chapel of the Sir Christopher Wren Building, 2007 Legacy Hall

Definitely not rude! Backyard barbeque/cookouts are fairly typical! We had ours at a restaurant, but it was a fairly casual one. No need to shell out big bucks on a rehearsal dinner with all the expenses of a wedding! 🙂

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

No you can have it anywhere.. Home would be fine! Just feed the people, they probably rushed out of work, and probably starving. 

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You can do whatever you’d like.  I think people generally pick restaurants for the stress factor – someone else cooks and cleans, so all you have to do is eat and relax.  If you want it at home, I think that’s fine! 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - Padua Hills Theater

We were going to do it at my Mom’s house but I didn’t want her to stress over it. I love when people have it at home. It can be really fun!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We are having a back yard BBQ and everyone is happy with that. As long as they eat it shouldn’t matter.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We had a big BBQ with a badminton net set up and everyone had a blast!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I think at home is really nice! We can’t, because we are getting married a few hours away from any ones home… but I wish we could have just done a backyard bbq or something, it would have been so fun.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

No

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We’re doing ours at a small winery- and my dad is doing all the food. Having a campfire, cornhole, games- definitely going to be laid back!

I don’t think it is at all rude to have it at your home! That might be even more enjoyable- you can relax more.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

Definitely okay to do a cookout, an at-home event, a BBQ, a picnic, etc. As PPs have mentioned, I think restaurants are popular largely because the night before a wedding everybody is busy, there is a lot going on, there is probably a lot of wedding stuff all over the place at people’s homes, and the prospect of cleaning, cooking, and hosting an event on top of all that is too overwhelming for many people, so a restaurant is more convenient. If you can swing it, though, an at-home rehearsal dinner is wonderful and very intimate.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You must host something after a rehearsal.  If you rehearse just before dinner, then you should serve a full meal.  But it definitely does not *need* to be at a restaurant, it can be as simple as pizza and beer!

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

They totally don’t have to take place at a restaurant. I think they can be as upscale or low key as a couple (or whoever is hosting it) wants it to be. 

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