Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
We haven’t even begun to plan our rehearsal dinner yet, but we know it’s going to be very casual. It’ll most likely be in our home and we might just have it catered with something like sandwich trays. Or maybe we’ll have a backyard barbecue.
But I feel like nobody does that anymore. All the blog posts and forum posts I see about rehearsal dinners are usually about semi-fancy events.
Are any of you going the super-casual route with your rehearsal dinner?
Post # 3
I am having TONS of family from out of town and I couldnt possibly invite some family and not others. So I am having a giant bbq at a forest preserve with volleyball nets and softball games! It should be fun and stress free! Im also making it potluck style 🙂 I never got the point of big expensive rehearsal dinners!
Post # 4
Indian food and pizza at our place-is that casual enough? LOL We will have 12 out of state Indian friends and a few of my friends and mom (who don’t like Indian food) so Indian food and pizza it is! 🙂 I think it will awesome…first time my friends and his are meeting (from out of state)…can’t wait!
Post # 5
Ours is super casual! We are having a BBQ at my FIL’s house. I’m super excited about it!!! 🙂
Post # 6
BBQ at a local park. I am so much more excited about this than I would be about a stuffy restaurant rehearsal dinner. This way we can save money by making all the food ourselves and still invite everyone we want!
Post # 7
We’re having a backyward BBQ!!!
Post # 8
We’re having a casual rehearsal dinner at a local chinese restaurant. It’s the place where my family always goes to celebrate birthdays and other special events, and we know the service is stellar. We’re going buffet style, and the place is really homey, so I’m not having a crazy ornate formal rehearsal dinner. We’re not even going to decorate, unless my Future Mother-In-Law decides to bring things along to my hometown, which is 13 hours from where she lives.
Post # 9
We are having ours at the pizza place Mellow Mushroom. We are just ordering pizzas and getting several pitchers of beer. I don’t know how much more casual than that you can get. 🙂
Post # 10
We went super casual and had pizza, fried chicken, etc. in a local park. We all had a blast and everyone got to know each other so much better than if we’d been sitting in a restaurant all night.
Post # 11
We were going to have it at a small pizzaria in my town but the pizza was gross. The Mister’s parents really wanted to host something a bit more special as well but we didn’t know when we were looking for sites. So we ended up going much more formal but I am missing the casual idea. I would have loved doing signature cocktails and some crafty decor.
Post # 12
We have the farm where we’re getting married for the weekend, so after the rehearsal, we’re hauling out the grill and hosting our own backyard BBQ there (not inside the barn where the reception will be though). Paper plates, maybe a keg and some sangria, an ipod for music..we’re absolutely keeping it very casual (which I’m THRILLED about!)
Post # 13
My brothers was a spaghetti dinner at my parents house. My friends’ back in November was Willy’s catered at the groom’s parents’ house.
Post # 14
Ours is so so so casual. Its more of a BBQ with some catered dishes than a rehearsal dinner. At first I was bummed about it, I’d always envisioned it being in a restaurant. But now I’m happy about it. It’ll be at my Mother’s house so I can just sleep there when everyone leaves. And its where I’m most comfortable. We will be having mostly catered stuff though. We don’t want to fuss on that day, just heat up and serve. It won’t be fancy, maybe some chicken parm, a deli platter, whatever. Anything goes!
Post # 15
We had ours at a restaurant but it was the casual one @ our hotel. Plates less than 10, red stripes, etc.
Have your casual shindig! i’m sure people would rather attend that, to be honest.
Post # 16
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
I would LOVE to do a backyard rehearsal dinner. I think it’s such a fun idea. However, our venue is a good 45 minutes away from anyone’s home, so we’re going to have to do it at a restaurant!