(Closed) Rehearsal Dinner Price

posted 11 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

Only 17 people? Wow! Do you have a small wedding party? We ended up with 50 at our rehearsal dinner (we had 15 in the bridal party – and over 225 guests!) and it ended up costing around $1500.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Hi,

The guest list for the Rehearsal Dinner is completely up to you….it could be limited to Wedding Party, parents and grandparents (yes significant others of the wedding party should be invited) or include a distant relatives and out of town guests. The cost of the Rehearsal Dinner is completely up to you as well. It could be a very casual BBQ or an upscale dinner; so you can control the costs. Hope this helps!

We are including Wedding Party (7 on each side), parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles and close friends traveling from out of town. Expecting between 50-60 people. I was completely fine with a relaxed backyard BBQ, but Future Mother-In-Law decided to host at House of Blues; I think the total cost will be between $1200 and $1800.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Thanks so much for posting your estimated costs.  We are expecting 180 guests to the wedding, but a lot of our family and close friends will be from out of town (the wedding is where I grew up). 

My dilema is that our wedding party is 6 on either side, and their dates.  This will account for probably 10 out of 15-20 of our out of town close friends.  Do I go ahead and invite the other 5-10 friends?  I feel like they would be left out on a Friday night with most of our friends at the rehersal and dinner. 

Another thought my fiance suggested was to maybe have the rehersal and the dinner, and then invite the friends over to hang out and have drinks afterwards?

We are going to rent our neighborhood clubhouse which holds 100 people so there is plenty of room, the cost will be the food and drink expense.  We were thinking to have Sonney’s Barbeque or something cater the food and we will buy drinks, dessert, etc.  Not sure what the price would be, but we are hoping to stay under $2,000. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Our rehearsal dinner is 20 adults, 4 children, and will probably be about $1000 in total.  It’s $35/person for a 3 course meal, plus $22/bottle for wine (on consumption basis) plus other beverages (i.e., soda, beer), tax and tip.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I always though the RH are was only for those who were actually in the wedding party…like the ones that have to go to the wedding rehearsal?

I think its very strange that ALL guests go to the wedding rehearsal and the wedding too?????

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

luli29 – ours isn’t all out of town guests.  Since most of our guests were out of town, it’s just not possible.  Ours will have immediate family plus wedding party (and their spouses/dates).  Most of the ones I’ve been to with all out-of-town guests invited were things like BBQs or pizza parties.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

peytonL79…your numbers sounded reasonable..but 50+ seems like a bit much. you’rea already paying enough for the wedding!!! hehe

Post # 11
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Newbee

We invited the wedding party, their dates, and immediate family (26 people total) and spent $1,600 for a lobster bake…. not including alcohol.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Well, I’m hoping each person won’t drink a whole bottle of wine, LOL.  🙂  Our wedding is so small (55 guests) that we’ve been able to splurge in other areas. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We invited the wedding party and their dates and parents, and the total cost with gratuity added at a restaurant was just under $600 for 15 people.

You’ll find that opinions on who to i nvite greatly differ, and you have to do what’s best for you. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with an intimate Rehearsal Dinner with just wedding party. Out of Town guests don’t have a reason to be offended (90 percent of our guests were from Out of Town, and no one even expected an invite to the RD).

However, if you’d like to host a pre-wedding party for everyone, that’s okay, too. But when cost is a concern, that’s when people typically keep it to just Wedding Party 🙂

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2020

We are planning on 60 people between our families and the wedding party (with dates). Our estimate is around $3400. That includes a limited menu with salad, entree, and dessert, alcohol, taxes, gratuities, and valet parking.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We had 25 and paid about $30 per person.

Post # 16
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Ours was 30 people and about $750 total. We picked a regular mom and pop italian restaurant. INCREDIBLE. Included appetizers, salad, bread, main course, and dessert. it was all buffet style, too, and there were two choices for sides and entree and apps. $23 a person plus tax/grat. A friend of mine had hers at a local park for about 35 people. Paper plates and whatnot, but she had a nice italian place cater it. It was casual and the food was good! I brought dessert and they had sodas and wine for us. I know it didn’t cost much and it was really fun and lax, right on the lake!

our head count included our bridal party (14 of us), my Out of Town guest book attendant (close friend, the only friend at the rehearsal dinner), parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles.

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