(Closed) RD, does it has to be catered or can it be just a normal sit down restaurant?

posted 7 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

It can be whatever you want! Ours is buffet style, but we have 45 people so it made the most sense cost-wise. I’ve been to both types and either one is great.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Either! We went to a resturant, but had a pre fixe menu, which I think makes everything easier.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Either way! We went to a local Uno Chicago Grill…it was a group of about 20. They had a group menu that included pizza, pasta, drinks, etc for 18 bucks a person!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@AnnieAAA: That’s what we are doing – restaurant with pre fixed menu. I think it’s the best way to go because it’s easier plus you save money. (You know someone will be a jerk and order lobster) 😛

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

We had 17 people at a casual waterfront restaurant. Everyone pre-selected their meal options (appetizer, entree, and dessert) and the restaurant handled the rest. We wanted something laid back so that everyone could talk and relax.It worked perfectly. 🙂

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

EIther or!

We were 20 and just went to a regular sit down restaurant. They just pushed a bunch of tables together for us and we let everyone ordered off the regular menu. Drinks and all we came in right around where we thought we would.

There were definitely lobsters and steaks and many many drinks. But whatever, it was all immediate family and our Maid/Matron of Honor and her husband who was also a groomsmen. They all helped out SO much that it was just a teeny tiny way for us to show our gratitude.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

hell yea you can! 

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Our Rehearsal Dinner was at our favorite Mexican restaurant and it was fantastic. The restaurant made a special menu for our guests to choose from (just a smaller selection from their main menu) so that we (i.e. my IL’s) could control the cost. It was casual but perfect. I’ve been to catered RD’s and I honestly didn’t see much of a difference between those and ours. As long as your guests have a place to park it and something to eat, they’ll be fine.  

 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Im scared to ask, but has anyone ever done a “Pay Your Own” style of Rehearsal Dinner. Im sure its not looked upon in the best light, but we just are running tight on funds.

We would love to get together with family and friends after, but at their choice. I understand some have plans and rather not be committed, but at the same time would it be rude to suggest a restaurant but under the impression everyone pays for their own bill?

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If the restaurant has an area that offers some privacy for a large group, it would be fine. The other people in the restaurant deserve some protection from the noise of your group also – speeches etc.

I would definitely have either a prix fixe menu or as a pp suggested have the restauarant prepare a smaller menu and have everyone pre-select their choices. It could take a long time to take orders and serve 23 people otherwise.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You can totally do either, and a sit down restaurant could be super easy and a lot of fun. I agree with PPs that said a limited menu will help things run smoothly and kepe costs down. Talk with the restaurant about getting a separate area or room, about what dishes are popular and within your price range, and then just print up smaller menus and have the guests pre-select. Have fun! It’s coming soon 🙂

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

@CupCakeMeg:  No, that is not acceptable. If funds are tight invite everyone to your house and cook the food yourself. Make it a dinner party in your home, please don’t ask your guest to pay to come and rehearse your wedding.

@loveknows: It sounds like a wonderful idea and no stress! Go for it.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)

We just went to a normal sit-down restaurant, and it was perfect (thought our group was pretty small). We didn’t even have a set menu or anything–everyone just ordered what they wanted, and that was it! For us, it was easy, cost-effective, and a lot of fun. Plus, the food was delicious!

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@CupCakeMeg: In that case, I’d do a potluck type of Rehearsal Dinner, or ask a few aunts or friends to make some large batches of scalloped potatoes and ham, soups, rolls, etc. It’d be relatively inexpensive, and then you wouldn’t have to ask guests to purchase their own meals. You could ask your aunts/friends if they would do that as their gift to you if you can’t buy the suppplies.

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