(Closed) Is anyone having a really casual rehearsal dinner?

posted 10 years ago in Parties
Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Before reading online on various wedding communities about rehearsal dinners being uber-fancy, I was never aware that people did that, to be honest. I have always experienced and been told by everyone in “real life” that rehearsal dinners are extremely casual. Everyone has to decide what works for them and their budget. Not everyone feels comfortable at formal dinner parties either because they feel they can’t relax and enjoy themselves which is what they should be able to do at a rehearsal dinner. Personally I would never want a fancy rehearsal dinner, just because the concept is foreign to me. But in the end, it really doesn’t matter what other people do. It shouldn’t make any difference if someone else is having a fancy formal rehearsal if you choose to have a simple casual one. As far as people “not doing that anymore” in terms of casual rehearsals, the wedding blogs and alot of the online communities have a skewed perspective of reality. What is common online is usually unheard of in real life, and most social circles do not do the same things as the ones down the street or across the country, nor do they keep up with the supposed trends that the online world wants you to believe everyone has been doing already for the last 5 yrs, when likely no one has even heard of it yet.

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

we are going casual with ours in the sense that the food will be casual.  my dad really wants to cook for everyone, but the venue we chose for the rehearsal dinner doesn’t allow crockpots or any heated items so it will be hard to keep the food warm.  we thought this would be okay because we could pick up pizza from our favorite local place, pump up some good music, and let our friends/families get to know each other.  (my fiance’s husband is from california and our wedding is in north carolina… this is one of the few times they’ll all get to meet!)  and the venue (clubhouse in our neighborhood) has a balcony overlooking the pool, so the kiddies can swim if they want too!  i think it’ll be a really fun, family time.

i’m still wearing a cute dress to rehearsal though!!!! 🙂

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Soup and sandwhich bar at Mom’s….Mom food is the BEST!!!

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We are!! We are going to have ours at my FIL’s home in the back yard! I am super excited! Future Father-In-Law is going to smoke some kind of meat and my Future Mother-In-Law is going to prepare the rest. After dinner we are going to play yard games!

Post # 22
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

we had a rehearsal brunch. bagels and lox, lunch meat and challah for sandwiches. my mil did it at her house, we had all family and oot friends come. very casual and very fun!

my brother’s rd was at our local pizza place, followed by chicken wings and snacks at the baseball park where all of the oot guests joined us.

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Ours is casual. Fiance and I have a favorite pizza place and since we have so much family from out of town we wanted to invite to rehearsal dinner we looked into having it there. The pizza place is going to actually close for the public and set up a buffet with lots of choices. It’ll be nice where everyone can hang out and spend time together.

Post # 24
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Ours is going to be very casual, yet meaningful. We are going to have it at the park where we had our first date.

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We are going to have a casual BBQ at the lake house my parents are stying at that week.  I’m really excited that we can invite everyone who is able to make it to hang out before the wedding. 

Post # 26
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

We threw a burger BBQ.  It was great because nearly 70 people were in attendance.  We killed a whole keg that night though (so beware of how much alcohol you provide!)

Post # 27
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Backyard BBQ over here!!!!!!

Burgers, salad, lots of grilled veggies, lots of wine and beer and we got ourselves a good time!

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We had a lunch!  We had our rehearsal in the morning and then lunch at an italian restaurant afterwards and it was so relaxing and fun!  And lunch is much less costly than dinner is.

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We are going to one of our favorite restaurants, just up the street from us.  I would have liked to have something more formal.. but he is going to give us a great deal & their food is great!

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Since our wedding reception dinner is a nice, sit-down meal, we wanted a different feel for our rehearsal dinner. So we are going really casual with a fish boil where all of this food is cooked in a massive pot over a giant fire outside, and then everything bursts into flames. Everyone grabs a tray, gets some grub, and takes a seat outside. Real casual. Fish boil, beer and pie 🙂 I don’t want two nights of meals that are almost identical. I want to keep things fun.

Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Totally casual!! We are ordering a giant sub from Subway (We have always wanted to do that haha!) as well as pizza, garlic bread etc!  Just in the backyard or something, depending on the weather! 

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