Post # 17
We’re going to an amazing restaurant in Chinatown, whose decor is so 30 years ago, but we assume thats what keeps the prices down. It will be $15pp for about 35 people and we’ll also be bringing some wine. The place uses mostly organic vegetables and serves both vegetarian and meat options (Hub and I are vegetarians…so are most of our friends). We’re really looking forward to it 🙂 (It’s in 2 weeks!)
Post # 18
We’re doing a sunset cruise in Newport,RI for our rehearsal dinner. We’re renting out the entire boat, which includes a sit down dinner and alcohol. For about 60 people, it’ll be roughly $5000-5500.
Post # 19
We are doing BBQ for 100 people (lots of out of town guests to invite) and that will be about $4000. We are also renting shuttles to take people to and from the restaurant because it’s about 20 miles out of the city which will be another $2000. We’re spending a lot on the Rehearsal Dinner but we have a ton of people spending the time and money to go out of town for our wedding and want them included in all the festivities!
Post # 20
Restaurant in Santa Barbara (we rented out 1/2 of the site in a private area) for 47 guests–approximately $5000–that included two appetizers, salad/soup, three entree choices, two dessert choices, and all the wine the guests could guzzle–after all, it IS wine country!
Post # 21
I think it will be about $2000 with the place we’re looking at, maybe with 50 people.
Post # 22
Wow….I’m in sticker shock here, lol.
We had to do our Rehearsal Dinner on a shoestring budget, so at a local restaurant we’re getting a HUGE buffet (3-4 entrees, multiple sides, salad, etc) for $19.95 plus a $35 room rental fee. For 25 people we’ll come in right around $535-550. It will be classy and cozy at the same time. I didn’t have to worry about alcholo since no one in my family drinks, so perhaps this is where I’m saving so much money…
My mom hosted a picnic Rehearsal Dinner for my brother last summer. She spent $450ish and we had tons of home made food, salad, fruit, multiple desserts and drinks (non alcohol since it was in a national park). The cost of the rental of the picnic shelter (which was made of stone and had a fireplace, it was really pretty) was about $100, so she really only spent $350 on food for 30+ people. It was really elegant with pretty tablecloths, decorated paper plates, and fancy napkins.
RDs don’t have to be lavish–its family and friends. Its a time to relax and rejuvenate before the big day.
Post # 23
About $900 for 30 people in a Chinese restaurant. I’m fudging a little because we BYOB’d and used wine, beer & champagne that we put into the wedding budget, so I didn’t count it toward Rehearsal Dinner costs. Still, I’d say even if you added that, we’d be under $40/head, which is a good price for a nice dinner including alcohol. Also, we took home leftovers and several families consumed them for days. No lie. So can I deduct costs for meals we *didn’t* have to buy later?
Post # 24
i’ve been researching in SF and it’ll probably be around $55/pp. But with alcohol, tax and gratuity, I’d say an easy $5k.
Do any of the sf brides want to share where your rehearsal dinners will be? We haven’t decided yet…. I’d love to do it at Bistro Jeanty but I think it would be min $7k….
Post # 25
I am having my Rehearsal Dinner in the Denver/Boulder area, so it may be cheaper than other parts of the country. We are hosting ours as a "welcome party", so we plan to invite the entire guest list. Since I wanted a more formal wedding and the Fiance wanted a party, we compromised and the welcome party will be his big event. The welcome party will be hosted in a bar/grill within walking distance to the main hotel we have blocked off (http://www.darkhorsebar.com/).
Here is my cost breakdown:
Appetizers/Burgers(We will let veggies order off of the menu)/Fries buffet for 150 people and soft drinks @$1500
Bluegrass Band for 2 hours @ $1000
Checkered Table Cloth Rental (The site will provide for free)/Sunflower Centerpieces (a single bloom floating in a clear vase) to make the dive bar look less "divey" @ $200
Groom’s Cake (Sheet cake with ski figurines) @$250
This does not include liquor as I do not plan to offer an open bar for our guests two nights in a row, nor do I want a hungover Fiance 🙂
Our guests are being spoiled by a welcome party, Out of Town bags and a charter bus to take them to/from the wedding, so I hope that they will be okay with us buying dinner and buying their own drinks as desired.
Post # 26
- Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York
we had 25 people at our rehearsal dinner at a restaurant (danal) in manhattan. the total was $1700, which works out to $68 pp.
hope that helps!
Post # 27
Would love it if people could update this! These prices sound crazy and so does the headcount. Anyone else out there have less people (25 or less) and spend under $1,000?
Post # 28
wow those prices do seem a little high. For 15.95/pp we’re having a buffet at an italian restaurant in town. For 40 people before alcohol it should come to about $650
Post # 29
@retroindigo: it’s funny you say that because my rehearsal dinner s bigger that I thought and costing more than I thought. Reading the older posts, I started to feel better. Then I read your update and it made me laugh and feel bad again that our Rehearsal Dinner is not as small and cheap as I hoped!
for ours, we’ll have about 65 people at $25PP. We’re serving blackened chicken, shrimp pasta, two starches, salad, punch and rolls. it’s a seated dinner with real plates and the venue is BYOB. Total price will be about $2500.
Post # 30
We’re hoping for 35 people at most (probably closer to 30) and I’m banking on $700….hope I’m not being unrealistic!
Post # 31
I guess I’m spoiled because ours is costing between 5 and 6k. 60 people with an open bar and buffet…