Rehearsal dinner

posted 1 year ago in Parties
Post # 16
8015 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

It’s a lot easier for people to mingle and get to know each other at a casual bbq than it is at a formal plated dinner. Just don’t host anything at your own home if you can avoid it–too much added stress. 

Post # 17
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2021

Food trucks are a great idea if it’s an outside rehearsal and keep it a casual picnic

Post # 18
146 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

So technically the rehearsal was the morning of our wedding (with everyone except me attending), but we held a welcome party the night before the big day. Since we had a destination wedding, we wanted to invite all the guests who made the effort to travel for us for a meal and drinks.

My mom had rented a huge house for her side of the family, so she and my aunt were the official hosts. They put out a ton of cold and hot casual apps (chips and dips, puff pastry type hot bites), salad, sausage and peppers, ziti, and a ton of other big Italian dishes. There was a big candy bar too. It was super casual but so much fun–the food was home cooked but delicious, the house had a big back patio and a game room with pool and darts. Everyone mingled and chatted. It flew by and honestly was as much fun as the wedding!

Post # 19
1243 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 1983

We didn’t have a bridal party so we had no need for a rehearsal. We stayed home, and my parents and his mother, aunt, uncle, etc., had, I’m told, a pleasant dinner in a restaurant near their hotel. Worked out very well.

Post # 20
3949 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m not sure what our Rehearsal Dinner cost, since my in-laws hosted it, but we did a small one (bridal party, immediate family – whoever had to be at the rehearsal) and the food was a buffet from a local restuarant. The venue was my parent’s backyard, so that definitely kept the cost down.

After dinner, we had an open invitation to any guests who were already in town to come by for drinks and hang out by the firepit. The only costs for that were beer/wine/water and s’mores fixings. I think we had snacks like chips and such around, as well.

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