(Closed) How much was your Rehearsal Dinner?

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Post # 17
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2008

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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2008

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I think it will be about $2000 with the place we’re looking at, maybe with 50 people. 

Post # 22
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2008

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

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
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Newbee

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2021

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

Total $2950

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
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Busy bee
  • 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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I guess I’m spoiled because ours is costing between 5 and 6k. 60 people with an open bar and buffet…

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