(Closed) Rehearsal Dinner Question

posted 7 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Just attended a backyard BBQ rehearsal dinner in October and it went over just fine.  If you have somewhere to host that many people, I don’t see a problem with it at all.

I’ve attended pizza party rehearsal dinners too – those typically aren’t as expensive.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

not at all! have a backyard bbq or pizza party…i love casual rehearsal dinners. they let everyone relax and enjoy each other’s company the night before the wedding, which can be a pretty stressful time.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We are having the rehearsal dinner at my parents house and getting the food from Moe’s Southwest grill.  I love the idea of having it at the house so that you can relax and have fun!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We’re doing homemade hamburgers and hot dogs for our rehearsal dinner. There’s also going to be swimming 🙂

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I think thats totally fine. I’ve never understood why there is so much emphasis put on a rehersal dinner.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We are also doing a backyard BBQ-type rehersal dinner. I think the informal atmosphere makes it easier to talk with everyone and everyone loves a good bbq! I am looking forward to that more than I would a restaurant!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I think it’s better – more personal and intimate!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

My mom is hosting our rehearsal dinner and will probably make something easy (spaghetti or pulled pork). I think it’s fine especially considering the expense of a sit-down meal with so many people!

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I don’t think it’s tacky at all.

For those of you who had or attended an at-home rehearsal dinner: did anyone do it indoors and how many people were present? I’d like to have ours at our home or future in-laws’ but I don’t know how to fit 20 – 25 people for a sit-down meal and having a cookout probably isn’t an option in October.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think it is much nicer to attend or have a fun little BBQ or at home rehearsal. It leaves time to have fun and relax with one another and leaves all the dressing up and formal stuff for the wedding!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We’re having a cookout at my parents’ house.  It’s actually a huge relief for everyone involved–the next day is going to be so stressful, it will be nice to just kick back, relax, have some good food off the grill, maybe a beer or two, and enjoy the summer evening.

I’ve also been to one that just ordered pizza at the church where the rehearsal and wedding were.  It was laid back and comfortable, but I must admit it would have been better if they’d ordered a different type of pizza… not a fan of pizza hut 😛

Oh–I also attended one that was hosted at the brides house (this was for my uncle’s wedding).   It was catered, but a very relaxed setting.  It kinda just felt like an at-home party.  And it was both indoor and outdoor–they had a nice big dining room with plenty of seating, but also a nice patio that most people took advantage of.  Plenty of beer, too 🙂

Post # 15
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Busy bee

we were thinking about doing this too to save money and I think it’s a great idea. Afterall, it’s the closest people to you who will be at the rehearsal. So I’m sure they will not mind one bit and feel like they can actually relax then having it be some stuffy uptight party. We’re actually doing a pizza party at one of our favorite local pizza places that has a fun laid back atmosphere. People can drink beer and eat pizza. We’re going to get 4 or 5 different types with pitchers of beer for whoever wants some. What could be better??

Question… are any of you having cake at your rehearsal? I recently was at one where they had cake for everyone. Is this normal? Do we have to get desert now too or is the regular meal good enough?

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I don’t think any type of dinner is “tacky” for a rehearsal dinner. I don’t see why the dinner has to be formal at all. The point is to get the people together that you care about.

We didn’t have a rehearsal dinner, but we had a family dinner earlier in the week before our wedding. We had it at a pizza parlor in my home town. It was super cheap but the pizza was good and everyone had a good time. That was what mattered to us.

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