How much are you spending on rehearsal dinner?

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper

WOW! We spent ~$500 pp on our wedding reception for food & bev for guests, so we didn’t really want to go crazy on our Rehearsal Dinner. We had like 18 people staying with us and then another 6 or so family that came for the rehearsal. We ordered in BBQ from a local place and it was $400, and we had a shit ton of liquor already set up for the wedding so we nipped a few bottles from that. So probably like $500. Our venue/accomodations had an area large enough to set up tables and chairs for this many people and we didn’t want people driving to another place and drinking (our crowd is big drinkers lol). 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

We spent $1500 before tip and tax. That was for 23 people at a restaurant in a private room! It was one of the cheaper options we found – everything else was going to be $2500-$3000!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

We are looking at a smaller rehearsal dinner for the same reason. We haven’t booked anything yet, but we found a restaurant with a $2,500 food and bev minimum, which will end up being ~$3,300 with tax and gratuity. It will be a dinner for 30 people with a salad, a few dinner options, dessert, and beer/ wine.

I figure if we host at a restaurant, we don’t need much in the way of decor, etc. I will probably go to Costco and make a few small arrangements. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I can’t exactly remember how much it was per person, I think around $21. We had around 50 people so it was probably close to $1200-1400. Everyone got a soup or salad, entree (set menu but had several choices of fish, chicken, or sandwiches for pickier eaters), 2 sides & a drink. My mom baked 2 cakes and that fed everyone for dessert. We also did an appetizer table. This was at a higher end seafood restaurant. Our room was totally private and was already decorated nicely so no additional money there, just for the food.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

I’m going to say maybe $100-$200. 15 people at Rehearsal Dinner in our rural home town, so we’re going with fried chicken and sides from the local restaurant. Future Mother-In-Law offered to pay for it though, which was considerate. 

Post # 7
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Worker bee

On Long Island,  and were priced at $32pp(plus tax,tips) for dinner and wine/beer. We were able to keep it at around $1200. 

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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ktrv927 :  We are spending about $35pp. Having it at a Mexican restaurant near our venue. We didn’t want to pay much since we are paying $75pp at our wedding.  

Post # 9
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Busy bee

I feel like we lucked out with the cost of our rehearsal dinner.  The restaurant where we are having our rehearsal dinner offers a prix fixe menu, which includes a family style cheese plate (either European cheeses or a Caprese Salad), an individual salad, an entree (swanky stuff…rib eye, lamb, lobster), and a dessert (from a locally well-known bakery) for $35 a plate.  It is BYOB with a corking fee of $2.50 per person.  So our rehearsal dinner will be about $900 for about 20 people, with tax and tip included.  And then we’ll bring some wine, which will add to the cost.

My sister did her rehearsal at a super famous pizza place, where it included unlimited pizza and beer and wine for $1500.  Which she had closer to 30-35 people at her rehearsal dinner.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

We spent just over $1000 CAN for 23 guests (3 course buffet and open bar), it was at the same venue as our wedding. $3000 seems like a lot! Although this will majorly depend on prices in your area and how many people you are hosting. 

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