(Closed) Fancy, casual or relaxed Rehearsal dinner? Which one are you doing?

posted 10 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
2889 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We are planning on two weddings (His family won’t travel) and 2 Rehearsal Dinner. Our first wedding which is for his family is ultra formal so our Rehearsal Dinner is ultra casual. Our second wedding is mismatched vintage so our Rehearsal Dinner is formal. I didn’t want people to feel like they were going to the same event twice so thought I would mix it up a little.

Our ultra casual will be at his parents house pizza/ popcorn/games kinda thing. Our formal one will be at my favorite restaurant which is a dress to the nines kind of place. We will reuse the decorations from weddings for RD’s and our bridal party will reuse their clothes from weddings for RD’s. It works and saves money!

Post # 4
3670 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We had a small semi-destination wedding that was kind of formal.  Since we had it in Charleston and his parents were staying in a beach house for the weekend, we just had it there.  We did a completely relaxed cook out with hamburgers and hot dogs and it was a lot of fun.

Post # 5
5983 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

We chose casual and relaxed.  Since the rehearsal was on July 1st, we thought a catered BBQ at my neighborhood clubhouse overlooking a lake was appropriate.  It was especially nice because many members of the wedding party didn’t know one another (from MO, IL, CA, NJ, HI, and Japan), so I didn’t want a serious or fancy atmosphere.  We all had a blast!

Post # 6
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Ours is still a ways off, but I am trying to convince my Fiance to have it at our local bowling alley. They recently re-did the entire thing and they now have function rooms and catering! I think it would be fun to have something low key and be able to get everyone involved and relaxed.

Post # 7
5839 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

We ended up having a casual Rehearsal Dinner. We had a room of the restaurant to ourselves and one very overworked server. It was so much fun! Everyone was up and mingling the entire time.

Post # 8
7691 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We had a casual Rehearsal Dinner. It was a BBQ at a lakeside pavilion. We just had catered BBQ food and it was buffet style. Paper plates and cups, etc. I loved it!

Post # 9
6013 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

We just figured out what we wanted to do, and I’m so excited.  It took us a week of serious debate to pick out wedding colors so I thought this would  be a problem.

We are having a Low Country Boil at our house in Florida (we are in LDR and I’m moving there so we have a house in the South a house in the DEEP South).  We wanted it to be laid back, alot of people weill be traveling and we figured a time to hang out and just have some fun in barefeet!  I’m so freaking hungry thinking about his mom making cornbread. It should be easy to start it before we go to the rehersal and hopefully it will be all ready to eat after!!

Post # 10
3788 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We are going casual. Our wedding is only semi-formal anyway, and I figured a nicer rehearsal dinner would compete. Also, since we had to cancel our after reception campfire, it is my excuse to still have s’mores. We’re having roast beef and roast chicken with buns for sandwiches, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, and fruit salad with your assorted chips and munchies. Picnic tables.

Post # 11
22 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011

That’s a good question.  With so many options out there, it’s easy to basically make it a pre-wedding “wedding reception”!  I have to constantly reign myself in when planning this party because I keep wanting to add flowers and linens and entertainment and…well you get the idea.  

Our rehearsal dinner is going to be at our local McCormick and Schmick’s in a private room.  It’s going to be cocktail/dressy casual and a seated dinner.  It sounds like it’s becoming more formal, but I’m trying to make it more casual so people feel relaxed and free to mingle.  Oh, we’re only going to do toasts at the rehearsal dinner.

Post # 12
10282 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Totally relaxed! Outside of work we’re normally jeans and t-shirt kind of people. Having to get dressed up for our wedding is stressful enough so we really wanted something relaxed for our rehearsal. We’re having the dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant but it’s totally jeans appropriate. I actually would have loved to have a BBQ of sorts but it being October in Upstate, NY, the weather is very unpredictable. 

Post # 13
5109 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

Ours is super casual and relaxed. We are going to me and FI’s favorite italian resturant for pizza!! Yummy.

Post # 14
5887 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

ours is kinda in between?  mexican restaurant with margarita pitchers and a menu just for us on the outdoor patio, but i envision the ladies will still wear cute dresses (or, at least i will!!)

Post # 15
7305 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Ours will be a casual, waterfront late lunch at a restaurant. The lunch will be served on a covered deck, and we are hosping for lots of sunshine and a clear day so that we can really enjoy being near the water and the docks. We kept the menu simple, with burgers, pizzas, and crabcakes. We’ll have pitchers of margaritas and rum runners, plus corona and sam adams for the beer lovers. We really just want to relax and enjoy. Our wedding is formal, so a casual Rehearsal Dinner just felt right.

Post # 16
1755 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’ll probably indulge in a cute dress, but I’m hoping to keep things casual.  I’d love to do chinese or pizza that would keep the cost under control and be something fun that everyone likes 🙂

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