(Closed) Rehearsal Dinner Help!

posted 6 years ago in Guests
Post # 2
1819 posts
Buzzing bee

I would say yes have a rehearsal! And have your rehearsal dinner near where your guests are staying/venue. Don’t make them drive, or switch hotels. Next, look at some of the restaurants in the small town, you might get lucky and find one that has amazing food at a decent price. Sometimes they also offer banquet pricing for a large group so be sure to mention how many people might be coming and you could get a full dinner (salad, bread, entree, drink) at a set price cheaper than everyone ordering off menu. 

Alternatively, look into places to have a BBQ in that small town. Maybe the hotel where the guests will be at might have a room/patio/grill you could use and cooler options for you. You might have to rent a banquet room from the hotel but it might be a decent price or you could get a discount if you already have a room booked/have enought guests that have booked. 

Look into a local park, usually free to rent a space, just have to sign up. You can store everything in coolers or even have it already cooked and just reheating it on a grill at the park. This is totally possible, just depends on what you want to do. Its much more casual than the other options. 

Good luck, bee. 

Post # 4
30398 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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shawnnabee: If the majority of your guests are staying at or near the venue, I would find a venue nearby for the rehearsal dinner.

The idea of ecouraging your guests to change hotels is not on. That is an unnecessary burden for them.

Couples who live in and get married in small towns, manage to find a venue. Do some research to see what is available. The rehearsal dinner does not have to be a sit down plated meal, or even a buffet. It can be something casual like beer and pizza, pizza and bowling, BBQ, a picnic.

Post # 5
8457 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

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shawnnabee:  Switching hotels would be a much bigger burden than finding a way to your house, so that’s a bad idea that I would take out of the running. The best idea is to find something near the venue. You SHOULD have a rehearsal, and should feed the people involved in the rehearsal. If you can ALSO invite out of town guests, that would be nice, but the first priority should be hosting the people who are rehearsing and making the evening as convenient as possible for them. I’d take PP’s suggestions of calling the local restaurants and caterers, or see if there’s a park or anything nearby where you could cook some burgers or something.

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