(Closed) Rehearsal Dinner share what you did for yours or plan on doing

posted 4 years ago in Food
Post # 31
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

We are having our rehearsal and dinner at the marriott. Our venue is booked for a wedding for the friday before our wedding so my fmil is getting a room at the marriott where we can rehearse and have dinner. they also let you bring in food which was really important for her so we could keep costs down. and since this is a out of town wedding she wanted family out of town guests to be apart of the dinner thus the need to bring in food and not do expensive hotel catering. 

The last wedding i was in had rehearsal dinner at the venue in a banquet room and has famous daves bbq catering. it was more than enough food and pretty inexpensive i believe. 

Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Our venue is about 30 minutes from the nearest nice restaurant so we were thinking that catering would be best. We then thought of food trucks so I think that’s what were going to end up doing since our rehearsal dinner will have a lot of people at it.  

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We had about 30 people at our Rehearsal Dinner.  It was a “welcome dinner” for our out of town guests – almost our entire guest list lived 2+ hours from our venue, and we invited anyone who was far enough away to spend the night.  

We had it in a beautiful coffee shop that is closed in the evenings and is frequently used for events.  It was catered by DH’s favorite BBQ joint and since even their mac & cheese has meat, we got vegetarian options from Chipotle.  Desserts were brownies, cookies, other small treats, which were prepared by the coffee shop’s baker.  We hired the same bartender that we were going to have for our wedding and just served beer and wine – the leftover Rehearsal Dinner stuff was used for our wedding (bottled beer, unopened wine), which saved costs.  

Our guests had a great time!

Post # 34
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Our wedding is destination-like in that in it’s in rural Vermont, not near our home or any of our family’s, so we’re doing a welcome dinner for everyone instead of a limited-invite rehearsal dinner. The dinner is being held in a barn across the street from our reception venue (all part of the same B&B/lodge). We’re having a simple catered menu – several types of fancy grilled cheeses and tomato and butternut squash soups. My fiance’s parents are “hosting” this dinner, so drinks are up to them; I believe they are thinking 1 or 2 beer/wine beverages per person. (The wedding the following day will be open bar.)

Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Beach

Planning on decorating the venue with my awesome wedding party the night before the wedding. Paid extra to reserve it for 5 hours. I hope it’s enough time!

Post # 36
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Buzzing bee

becomingblamo:  Hi! What I did to keep the costs down was I found a place that had a good deal for happy hour and talked to the management about booking the patio for happy hour (and letting us keep happy hour prices, usually their happy hour ends at 7 but I told them we would defintely be out by 8) and then I picked 4 things from the menu and had a special menu made so that everyone was chosing from 4 things (all under $18). There was a burger, a chicken dish, a mushroom pasta, or fish tacos. Also a kids menu. If you found a place with decent happy hour FOOD specials you could make this even cheaper. Don’t be afraid to call and work something out with a manager… Especially if they know you plan to be out by a certain time, it’s worth it to them to have a big party for a gaurunteed amount. 

Ethnic restaurants are great for this as well they often can do great family style meals for less $$. Try a greek or medeteranean place, or thai, or less fancy italian… 

Post # 37
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

becomingblamo:  My daring plan: skip a rehearsal and dinner altogether. I figure my wedding party can figure out how to walk in, provided someone (i.e., my day-of coordinator) tells them when to start walking. We don’t have any crazy schemes like dancing down the aisle. Even if it somehow gets messed up… I’ll be at the end of the processional and won’t see it, so I won’t care. There’s no way my guests will care if someone’s timing is off 😉 

But really I just don’t want to plan another night of wedding-related stuff.

Post # 38
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Beach

Amyyy:  Couldn’t agree more!

Post # 39
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2016

We had ours at a luau! 

The couple of weddings we were in did this: one had it at the venue and catered bbq. The other got married at a country club and had it in their restaurant! 

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