(Closed) Rehearsal Dinner – level of formality

posted 8 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
866 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

When it comes to parties larger than 8, restaurants apply a totally different procedure to everything from seating and water-glass-refilling to ordering and tax/gratuity. I don’t think creating a prix fixe menu or getting a head count for the open bar will add to the formality at all — really, the venue itself dictates that — but it could definitely make the evening go well.

Post # 4
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

We wanted the same thing (a casual dinner) and called around and found a place that would take a large group (40) and not require a set menu.  Are you telling them it’s a Rehearsal Dinner when you call?

Post # 6
5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Our wedding rehearsal is at a local pizza parlor, and is pretty informal – free private room, cash bar (open on soda, tea, etc.) and pizza, pasta, salad.

Fiance and I went to a rehearsal dinner last year, and it was in a private room, but we got to order the night of off of a limited menu – choice of 3-4 salads, and choice of 3-4 entrees. It went really smoothly and was a lot of fun. We were also able to order drinks and be served at the table.

We got to choose either lasagna, prime rib, fettucini, or bow tie pasta with chicken and garlic.  It was at an italian restaurant.

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