Post # 1
What did you guys do for your rehearsal dinner? It seems like this event alone will cost thousands of dollars. Did any of you do anything “non traditional” such as a bbq or like a pizza night at someone’s house instead of the classic fancy restaurant? I just know that with having the wedding party, their spouses and close family,there will be about 30 people. My parents have already put up so much money for the wedding and I’m not sure if my fiancé’s parents would offer to pay so I’m trying to think of some more economical options. Thanks!
Post # 2
I got married at a private villa and we stayed on site, and we did the Rehearsal Dinner there. We ordered in a giant BBQ platter and set up tables for everyone and had lots of wine and drinks. I wanted to make sure we were able to invite everyone and their spouses and no one really wanted to travel MORE (it was semi-dw, in between both our family cities) so it worked out great.
Post # 3
We did pizza and kfc at my parents house. Idk why people make it out to be so expensive and lavish.
Post # 4
I think it’s becoming more normal to do a casual event. I’ve always liked the idea of pizzas because, well, everyone likes SOME type of pizza and it’s cheap. My fiance hates the idea though, so now I’m thinking some type of buffet where the prices per person are much lower.
Post # 5
It doesn’t have to a formal affair or even a plated meal. Pizza and beer at the local bowling alley was the most fun Rehearsal Dinner I ever attended and we all got to work off some anxious energy too.
Post # 6
Yeah I am liking the pizza idea as well. A bowling alley would totally be fun, and that’s something so different! I am happy to hear others feel the same way about not having an expensive and fancy rehearsal dinner.
Post # 7
We did catered takeout from a local Italian restaurant with amazing food. We had a couple different types of pasta (one vegetarian and gluten free), the rest were various other kinds with meat. Several salads, bread rolls, and lots of wine/beer. And we also had some kind of bakery dessert, can’t remember what it was. It was casual, but good food and way less money than a sit down restaurant would have been. Would totally do it again!
ETA: My mother in law “hosted” it as her house can hold a lot of people, but we paid for it.
Post # 8
When this crap is all over, we are just planning to have one at a burger and fries joint where it’s like $10 bucks per person with drinks included. We are not doing anything fancy. My DOC told me there’s actually brides who still need a planner for the rehearsal dinner with a new set of chairs, linens, centerpieces, 4 course menu etc. in addition to the wedding. Uhm, no thanks!
Post # 9
We had pizza and booze at our house. We rented a pizza oven from a local pizza place and got par-baked pizzas from them. It was so perfect — low key and fun. Just family, and our out of town guests. Kids were welcome. It was a madhouse and the perfect lead up to our wedding.
And we had left over pizza for breakfast the morning of the wedding. What beats that?
Post # 10
- Wedding: April 2017 - City, State
We went to a local BBQ place after our rehearsal. We did reserve a space because it gets very crowded there, but it was a pretty simple and yummy meal.
Post # 11
We did a burger BBQ at home and it was great! It was really nice to get to mingle with everyone in a more casual atmosphere before the main (more formal) event. It’s way easier to chat with everyone when it’s not a formal, seated dinner with a regimented schedule.
Post # 12
Our venue gave us the space for the whole weekend, so we had a pizza truck come and the caterers served wine and salad. It wasn’t especially cheap, but it was casual and lovely and a good way to hang out (we invited everybody invited to the wedding, which is what made it not particularly cheap.)
Post # 13
our wedding was in august and we did a casual outdoor picnic/buffet where people could just mingle and chat and sat wherever. i preferred it to having a formal, coursed, sit down dinner (since we obviously did that the next night for the wedding). it was nice to just do something low key and it wasn’t that expensive.
Post # 14
We did pizza, chips, veggies/dip, beer/wine/soda, and a friend got a HUGE amount of pastries, cookies, etc. It was super low key and everyone had a blast.
Post # 15
Love all these more casual low key ideas!