Yes, if you are having a rehersal, then you need to have a rehersal dinner.
That being said, if you cannot afford one, make it simple.
For my boyfriends baptism (joined our church) many were fasting (vegan during lent) and did not want to spend a lot of money on pasta in a restaurant, wanted to be comfortable and socialize, didnt want everyone to leave right after lunch etc. Not to mention we would be at church from 730am to 1130am and would be starving!
I got our lunch catered from Olive Garden, I was a bit weary, but Maggianos was too far away and we needed something we could pick up immediately after church that was on our way home.
I fed 30 people for $350 and it was SO much food! 3 different kinds of pasta, marinara, pesto, alfredo, chicken, sausage and meatballs (for those who were not fasting), salad and breadsticks.
We also ordered 2 party pizzas from Fresh Brothers (for the kids), but Fresh Brothers is SO good and organic that a lot of the adults ate it as well.
For dessert, we had a fruit tart (fasting approved) and a regular cake 🙂
I decorated tables in our backyard – actually boughy bouquets from costco with sunflowers and split them up into mini mason jars with burlap and lace ribbon, and table runners to match.
Got chalk for the kids to keep them occupied. It really was a great success for a little gathering.
Anything is possible within a buget – just think outside the box. Keep in mind your bridal party, (im not sure if you paid for their dresses etc) got their dresses, shoes, will pay for hair and makeup (if you didnt pay for them) and will get your party started. Besides, they are the closest people to you. That’s the very LEAST a bride/groom can do to show their appreciation.
Why doesnt your family split the cost with the grooms family?