(Closed) Rehearsal Dinner: Drink Tickets?

posted 6 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have decided that I’m not using the word tacky anymore — BUT, I don’t like the idea of drink tickets.  It reminds me of college job fair recruitment techniques (two glasses of wine, don’t forget your tickets!).  Either have a dry reception, provide beer/wine, or somehow figure out how to do the open bar.  Just my opinion…!

 

Post # 4
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5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

It is a little tacky… is it possible that you guys could pitch in and help fill the gap in their budget or is that completely out of the question?

We are on a budget as well, and we are also hosting our own Rehearsal Dinner, so we decided to go to a local favorite pizza joint & provide pitchers of beer as well.  That is what we can afford so that is what we will provide! 

Post # 5
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I just wouldn’t pay for alcohol at the rehearsal.  Really do they need to have free drinks two nights in a row?

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I personally don’t think it is “tacky” at all. The rehersal dinner does not need to be as big and fancy as the wedding. People should also not expect an open bar at a rehersal dinner. That is just going over board. You rehersal dinner should be all people that you are close to and family therefore they should not look at drink tickets as tacky. You are close with these people and they will understand that you are doing what you can afford. I wouldn’t worry about it at all. If someone is going to think you are “tacky” for paying for them to have a couple drinks with drink tickets then I believe they are shallow. Just my thoughts…. 🙂

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Can you do just beer and wine?? If that doesn’t fit in the budget I say do drink tickets. PERSONALLY, I would rather have a couple of free drinks than NO free drinks and a dry rehearsal dinner. That’s just me though 🙂

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

If you could afford drink tickets, could you afford maybe a bottle of wine or two on each table? Or maybe just a glass of champagne for each person? I feel like either of these options would be better than drink tickets, JMO.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

I don’t see why you can’t tell the waiter that you want to run a bar tab and cover the drinks yourselves at the end. I’m sure your FIL’s wouldn’t be insulted by the gesture, and the dinner will only be probably 2 hours long, so how much could it cost if each person has a drink or two? That’s what I’d do.

Post # 14
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5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Maybe just host champagne?  What kind of restaurant is it?  If it’s pretty formal then you guys could buy everyone a round or just provide one type of drink… if it’s in a restaurant and the guests aren’t pleased with what is provided, they can probably walk over to the bar and purchase something on their own.  If the restaurant is a little less formal, then maybe see if you could buy a few bottles of wine to have on the table?  When it’s gone it’s gone kind of arrangement?

Post # 16
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5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@les105:  Hah!  I didn’t see your response before I posted… you must type faster than I do 🙂

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