(Closed) Rehearsal Dinner – Have one or not??

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I am going to do the rehearsal dinner even with a tight budget.  I think its really what you are ok with doing.  For me the ones coming to the rehearsal are driving 30 min. or more on a friday evening to rehearse.  I also know they work and will most likely not have time to eat before so I kind of feel obligated to feed them something.  We are doing a southern BBQ themed dinner at my house. 

Post # 5
594 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m not. I am in a simliar situation as you.  But honestly nothing is wrong with a pizza or Backyard BBQ. I think if you just have to do one, make it more fun than formal, that way it wont be so expensive. I just decided no to do one at all.

Post # 6
1209 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

To be honest, I don’t think a rehearsal dinner is absolutely necessary, but if you’d like to do one then choose something you’re comfortable with.

For example, we have a friend who was a self-made millionaire at 21yrs old (that lucky/hard-working ba$tard!!! lol). He got married a few years ago and they could’ve spent a tonnn of money on the wedding, but they had a very, very simple and modest wedding with their closest family and friends. For their rehearsal dinner they had Panda Express at their house…. no joke. And everyone loved it because so many people are used to and enjoy food like that, ya know? So you can really do whatever you want, or nothing at all 🙂

We’re doing a rehearsal dinner on a small budget (we wouldn’t be doing one at all, but bridesmaids’ mom’s bf is a caterer and gave us a whopping discount, convenient!!).

Post # 8
849 posts
Busy bee

I’m not even paying for a sit down dinner at my wedding, so I’m certainly not having a fancy rehearsal dinner XD I may have a normal dinner/potluck/cake and coffee at my house or something, but no resteraunt

Post # 9
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Do whatever you feel comfortable with.  It would be nice to feed everyone, but it certainly does not need to be anything fancy.

We are strongly considering pizzas from our favorite Italian restaurant in our hometown (near where we are getting married) and wine/beer at someone’s house.  Our wedding is so formal and long due to the time of our ceremony and the wedding being on New Year’s Eve, that we figured it would be best for everyone to keep it fun and more casual to gear up for the big day ahead.  All of our friends and family involved in the rehearsal would enjoy it, so why not?

Post # 10
3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We didn’t really do a traditional rehearsal dinner.  We just took whoever wanted to go to Olive Garden.  lol  We did end up paying for it… but it was just his family and us.

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