Post # 1
The restaurant we’d like to book our rehearsal has already book their private area. I would say our rehearsal can be at minimum 20 people and more if we invite more of the out of towners. I’m trying to decide if we should rent space within our hotel or just reserve several tables and have the food/restaurant we want.
Post # 3
I think you could reserve tables at a restaurant- perhaps they could give you one side or one corner of the dining room so you will at least be near each other. Just make sure that they can accomodate you. You may need to choose from a limited menu so that they can get all the meals out all at once.
Post # 4
I think you’ll want the privacy of a private room. You’re going to be talking, giving toasts, etc, and a bunch of random people will be eavesdropping or clapping and interrupting basically. I’d consider another restaurant, or even haveing a rehearsal "brunch" before your rehearsal.