(Closed) Rehearsal Dinner-HELP!!!

posted 6 years ago in Parties
  • poll: Should I voice my opinion, since they asked? Or should I just go with the flow?
    Go with the flow and keep your damn mouth shut! : (1 votes)
    9 %
    They asked you what you think, so tell them - just don't say "tacky" or "cheap" : (9 votes)
    82 %
    Do something else - this is crazy! (please comment below) : (1 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
    1471 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Thank them for the idea but tell them you wanted something a little more unique for the RD!! Then give them an idea, something that fits you guys better, maybe something less like a chain restaraunt.

    Post # 4
    2281 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    They may think Olive Garden is wonderfully upscale, and are thrilled to think they could provide dinner for so many at such a classy place. I agree with you – not a fan of chains – but I have friends who think OG is just about the greatest thing ever.

    If that’s the csae, you won’t be able to talk them out of it without hurting feelings (and you’ll just have to find something to eat there). BUT, before you resign yourself to OG, try mentioning that it’s important to you to support the local economy, so a locally-owned place is preferable to you, if you can agree on one that has the atmosphere they’re looking for. It may be they prefer Italian fare – is there a locally-owned Italian restaurant that would be a good compromise?

    Post # 5
    12973 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Could you suggest you wanted to stay away from chain restaurants because there are so many wonderful local options in your hometown?  Then, suggest some good local Italian restaurants that would have similar food, but not be Olive Garden.

    Post # 6
    2239 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    They asked you what your opinion was so if I were you…I’d tell them.  Just be nice about it — they probably wanted to come up with something you would love on their own.  They’re your future family so just be cool and don’t say things like “tacky” or “cheap.”  Obviously they value your opinion — if they didn’t, they wouldn’t have asked you.

    I would say that Olive Garden is a nice resturant but you’d prefer something a little more low-key and laid back like the saloon resturant which conviently is priced the same.  Explain your case — tell them that neither of you guys are big pasta lovers and that you’d prefer [insert specific food here] from whatever resturant you chose.  Tell them that you love that they’re involved with the wedding and you can’t wait to hear their opinion.  I mean, in the end it’s YOUR rehersal dinner so you don’t want to be eating food you and your future hubby don’t even like.  But, also they’re your family so just handle it gingerly and I’m sure it will be okay!  Good luck hun <3

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