(Closed) Is catered buffet okay for Rehearsal Dinner?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
912 posts
Busy bee

Why would it seem tacky if your wedding dinner is a buffet? I don’t think anything is wrong with that. A rehearsal dinner is not technically required at all, and anything can count as a rehearsal dinner- whether it be a fancy steakhouse or pizza and soda at someone’s house. I don’t think you have to worry about etiquette with this in particular. 

Post # 3
1821 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I think it is fine. We are just having pizza for mine. It is just rehersal it doesn’t need to be fancy.

Post # 4
1015 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Lol we are also having pizza for our rehearsal! Rehearsals arent supposed to be fancy, lavish events. I wouldn’t sweat it.

Post # 6
30392 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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futuremrsJR:  I don’t get your reasoning at all. If a buffet is not tacky (and I hate that very jusgemental word) for your wedding, why  would it be tacky for th rehearsal dinner?

Post # 7
4044 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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futuremrsJR:  I went to a rehearsal dinner that was buffet and it was totally fine. I’m not sure why you dont think its okay when your wedding is going to be a buffet…that doesnt make any sense to me. A rehearsal is a much less formal event. 

Post # 8
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Yea that sounds fine! No need for the rehersal dinner to compete with the wedding!

Post # 9
1354 posts
Bumble bee

No, it is absolutely fine. Sometimes I prefer buffet because it seems like people get their food faster than plated dinners.

Post # 11
237 posts
Helper bee

Of course it’s okay! I really don’t understand your reasoning considering your wedding is a buffet??

Post # 12
2221 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

As long as there is food, everyone will be happy! I think ours will be family-style but only because that’s how the caterer said she prefers to serve smaller groups like that (30). 

Post # 13
5972 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Almost every single rehearsal I have been to had a buffet (including mine). Out of curiosity, why does it seem tacky?

Post # 15
3791 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Oh yes! We had our rehearsal dinner at a a Gastropub (also was a billiards hall), and had a tacos and pizza buffet. It was perfect!

I had an ex that I guess had his rehearsal dinner at the local Pizza Ranch (pizza buffet restaurant), and although that seems weird and kind of redneck – it worked for them.

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