(Closed) Ideas for inexpensive rehearsal dinner?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Rehearsal dinners are casual and inexpensive by default so don’t feel like you can’t afford one. Pizza and sodas is a common rehearsal dinner option. Chinese or Mexican food are other options that are inexpensive. Most places have private banquet rooms you can rent. What foods do you like?

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We had ours at a local BBQ place and set up a buffet with them.  With the bar tab it was about $800 for 35 people (I think we had planned on 40 but had a few who couldn’t make it).  If you cut the bar tab, it would have been about $500 for a buffet with 2 meat options, veggie option, 2 sides, bread, and a non alcoholic beverage in a private room. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We are doing a morning rehearsal followed by a rehearsal lunch.  I am not sure if this is an option for you but my venue required us to do one in the morning or we couldn’t do one at all and this dropped the cost of the lunch so much.  Then we have all afternoon and evening to just hang out and have fun with everyone. 

Another idea we had was to do a BBQ or crawfish boil at the house with everyone. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Yup – rehearsal dinners are definitely more casual so there are lots of options. I think that Mexican can be the best to match your budget – you can even have them set up a buffet, in a private room, for 2-hours or so. We are doing a chinese banquet dinner (we are asian) and each table seats 10 and it costs per table. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Is your place big enough to have it at your house? Get take out from some place.  Also check with your favorite restaurant in town..maybe they can cut you a deal on catering or a cut on a room rental (if they have one)  Then you can get a limited amount of wine/beer/etc.  

Don’t stress about the rehearsal dinner.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Italian, Mexican, and BBQ are your best bets. You can get it to go and have a backyard affair or at the house (as stated above). Make it a blue jean affair so everyone can relax.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

i had mine at Bucca Di Peppo. it’s a family chain italian restaurant good for any kind of celebrations. we had 15 people but ordered enough for 30 (i under-estimated their plate portion..) and paid less than $450 including tips.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We were thinking of doing it at a local state park and doing a bbq with chicken, potato salad and having a couple CLOSE family friends get it altogether for us while we are doing the rehearsal.

The park took a $100 rental fee to use the pavilion and picnic tables. It is a good option if the weather would hold out for you.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@afuturemrsl: That’s a great idea!  My husband had the first part (cookout) of his bachelor party at a local city park pavillion that rents out for free if you make a reservation 10 days in advance. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We kept our rehearsal dinner super casual, and it was LOTS of fun!  We had ours at a restaurant called Hodaks (a “family” restaurant).  For buffet, drinks, and private banquet room for about 70 people, we paid $850(ish).

You could do a catered dinner at the church you are having your rehearsal dinner at, or find a restaurant with a cheap privatae room.

To find ours, I searched “private banquet rooms in (city)”.  Once I found a list of restaurants that have private banquet rooms, I went through the list, called all of them and asked their prices.  We ended up going with the one we chose because of the meaning the restaurant has to our family, and the price was right.

If you’re willing to do some work to find your place, you’ll definitely be able to find one in your price range.  Good luck!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I went to one where the bride and groom just had make your own sandwiches and a big ice cream sundae buffet.

The sandwiches weren’t just like, bologna–there were marinated peppers and fancy cheese and all kinds of spreads (some of which the bride made). They hooked up their (new–it was a wedding gift!) panini maker for guests to use as well.

Seriously, it was one of the best I’d been to!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

If you want a place that feels upscale, tastes fairly upscale, but isn’t horribly expensive, try Houlihan’s. I absolutely adore that restaurant! They decor is made to make it seem like a fancy place, but it is definitely a family restaurant. I would reserve a room or a section is possible.

 

 

@Stacia2242: Oh Hodaks. The STL fried chicken staple everyone seems to adore.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@In the media: Funny, isn’t it!  We love that place! : )

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