(Closed) Rehearsal dinner questions

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2143 posts
Buzzing bee

we are definitely cheaping out on the rehearsal dinner. We don’t have much money so we’re just going back to my mom’s house for dinner (which is conveniently about 5 minutes down the road from where we’re getting married). We’ll get pizza and a couple of other things, but it will be very simple and very informal. I would have loved to go bowling instead though! It would probably be a bit too expensive though.

Post # 4
2640 posts
Sugar bee

I think Joes wifey has the idea.  Keep it simple.  Have a cook out or something at someone’s home. 

I do think for their effort being put in to your wedding, that you really should do something for them.  The Rehearsal Dinner has become the tradition of thanking the wedding party, presenting them with gifts, and showing your appreciation at the time and effort they’ve put in to making your day run smoothly.  Please don’t just do nothing.

Post # 6
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Pizza party sounds fun!  My one recommendation, though, is make sure it’s not where you are staying.  Post-rehearsal celebrations (esp. if everyone goes somewhere without a time restriction) can go late so you want to be sure you have an escape so you can rest up even if the Wedding Party still wants to hang out.  I’ve been in more than one wedding where the Wedding Party went out after the Rehearsal Dinner and at least one member of the Bridal Party was fairly (or very) hung over the next day.  My Fiance was a groomsmen recently and they stayed out until like 2AM.  Actually the groom left with the bride at around 11, and then came back a couple hours later.

If it’s still light out, lawn games can be fun (croquet, lawn darts, bocci ball, etc).  It’s not too much of an investment to get those things, and esp. if people don’t know each other it can be a good ice breaker.  And I think it can be more social than bowling b/c people don’t have to feel compelled to do anything also.

Post # 8
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

We are going to a pizza place in town (it isn’t like pizza hut or anything) but it will only cost about 5-6 dollars per person and we get a whole room to ourselfs.  I have had several people tell me that pizza will not go over well, but tough, if you are coming to my rehersal dinner and you know it is pizza eat it or buy your own food!

Post # 10
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Our rehearsal dinner will be very casual. We are having Quiznos sandwiches.

Post # 11
2249 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

best rd i have been to was a bbq at one iof the rental houses (destination wedding) it was so much better than being in a restaurant and we all got to know each other and could all talk to the bride and groom!

Post # 12
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Could you hold the party at a local park?  Then you could still bring some lawn games to the party.  If that’s not an option, though, you could still do it your apartment and maybe have video games or board games instead.  I totally second the pizza and beer idea, by the way.  That’s what we’re doing.  πŸ™‚

I am editing this to say that you could also have a potluck.  If everyone brought just a side, desert, or dinks, you could provide a really cheap main dish (like fried chicken).  I love potlucks!

Post # 13
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We felt the same way – with the wedding the very next day, we didnt want the rehearsal dinner to be yet another expense that we had to plan extensively for. We wanted it to be casual, fun, and affordable.

We are having a bowling party the night before the wedding with our immediate family, wedding party, and a few extra out of town guests who will be in town early. We’ll have about 25 guests. We rented out 5 lanes (we originally had a private lounge but because of scheduling and the fact that these lanes were kind of set apart, this was a better idea) and will have dinner platters of real food (not finger foods…luckily this place is known for good food!). Much cheaper than paying for a full meal for all guests.

I second others’ suggestions of a backyard BBQ or cookout in the park. The point is for your wedding party and families to meet and get acquainted before the day of, which will probably be super busy. You don’t have to have a fancy shmancy dinner to accomplish that πŸ™‚

Post # 14
398 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

We did our rehearsal dinner cheap by hosting it at my parents house.  We had southern bar-b-q catered, of course someone willing you could buy the meats and accompaniments and have someone do the grilling for you πŸ™‚

Good Luck!

Post # 15
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Have a theme? Margaritas and Guacamole is my new favorite!

You can have a chip/salsa bar and some simple margaritas. Nothing too crazy so your guests don’t get trashed. Maybe some taquitos or something simple. It just sounds FUN. 

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