(Closed) invites, centerpieces, plated dinner, open bar…. at REHEARSAL DINNER!?

posted 7 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’ve never been to a rehearsal dinner.  I don’t understand why it has to be fancy too.  For my rehearsal, we’re only having a handful of people and just order pizza.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I agree with you.. rehearsal dinners are usually more casual.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Most of the ones that I have been to have been on the rather upscale side, but I have been to the bbq’s also.  Neither is right or wrong, it just depends on the hosts.  If she is hosting the party, then like you, I do think that it is her show.  I think that it is really sweet of her to want to go all out for you, alot of ILs wouldn’t do that.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We were just going to order pizza. At my first wedding, we just went to a restaurant near the hotel we were getting married at.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

We’re doing a BBQ or pizza at my parents’ place for the rehearsal dinner. The only other one I’ve been to was also a BBQ at the bride’s parents’ house.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Because my wedding is super formal, small and intimate, I too wanted something more casual. My mother and her sister are going to cook an authentic Puerto Rican meal and then we are doing lots of dancing, singing, laughing, etc. We won’t have a DJ and a regular party reception so I wanted to get that feel on the night of the rehearsal dinner.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’ve been to one like this–the rehearsal dinner was way nicer than the wedding and the reception combined. The bride’s family didn’t have a lot of money and the groom’s family was very well-off, so they decided to have a super formal (black tie!) rehearsal dinner as their contribution to an otherwise very laid-back and inexpensive wedding (we’re talking a dry cake n’ punch reception in the church hall). I think the bride loved it because she got to have a classy, upscale event even though her own budget would never have allowed for something that nice. 

My brother’s was also quite nicely done–centerpieces, massive dessert table, etc.–but it was just at the church where they were getting married… some ladies had decorated it nicely for the event, even though it wasn’t really an event since everyone just ate and left.  

Post # 10
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Worker bee

My Future Mother-In-Law is going all out for the rehearsal dinner.  It is in the private balcony of a Southern food restaurant.  My fiance and I are trying to convince her that she doesn’t need centerpeices or other fancy touches, but at the end of the day it is her party and she gets to do whatever she wants.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’ve always been to more casual ones. But if she wants to do a fancy one for you let her. As long as you dont have to participate in the stress of planning it.

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