(Closed) Rehearsal Dinner

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I have a suggestion, well, two.  The first is to tell your parents and his parents that if they wish to join they will have to pay themselves and then tell you Maid/Matron of Honor exactly what you said here and ask her to spread the word.  This is not going to be a very comfortable conversation, but if you can’t afford it, you can’t afford it.

The second is to host a potluck dinner at whoever’s house that is closest.  Send out invites saying telling every to bring their favorite dish or whatever.

We can’t squeeze a rehersal dinner in the budget either, so we are just having our parents (and a few friends since we have no bridal party) over for dinner afterwards.

Post # 4
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I second the potluck idea. At one point we toyed with the idea of just doing a ziti bake (lazy-man’s lasagna!). But, if you ARE going to do the restaurant thing… you should just tell your Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid or Best Man to pass the word. These people should be fairly close friends so they should understand. Those that don’t, obviously haven’t planned a wedding in tough economic times and when they do… will feel like fools.


Good luck!

Post # 5
184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I thinka pot luck would be a great idea.  If you have the space at your house or someone close to you that doesn’t mind. Everyone has a great time and you save money.

Post # 6
1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I’ve been to 3 pot-luck rehearsal dinners that were held at the groom’s parents house.  I thought they were a lot of fun!

Post # 7
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

LOVE the pot-luck idea!!  That sounds like so much fun!

Post # 8
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

We had a rehearsal dinner/decorating party the evening before the wedding. We decided to decorate the reception building and have a laid back dinner with the wedding party and our families. My mother-in-law made trays of meats, cheeses, fruit and veggies and tons of other goodies. We decorated, drank and had a fun time while killing two birds with one stone. I think a pot luck dinner is a great idea too.

Post # 10
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

vixie, a friend of mine had a dinner for everyone and I am sure it was super cheap.  They just got big bins of pasta and salad from a local italian restaurant.  I doubt it cost much at all and we call had a great time.  THey had planned ot have it at home but ended up using the social hall of their church….I think this would be better – if you could do it-  if you have so many people coming from out of town.  OR you could have a small dinner with your parents and just invite everyone to meet you at a bar or something for drinks afterwards…(we will be hanging out at Bar X if you want to join us!)

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