(Closed) Rehearsal Dinner—What did you do?

posted 4 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Did you have a rehearsal dinner?
    Yes! We practiced at our venue and then took everyone to dinner. : (28 votes)
    41 %
    Yes! We practiced at our venue and then had dinner for a larger group of people after. : (24 votes)
    35 %
    No, we just practiced at the venue and then went home. : (1 votes)
    1 %
    Something else--see comment below! : (15 votes)
    22 %
  • Post # 31
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    15 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    I love the idea of a non-traditional rehearsal dinner with pizza, BBQ, etc.

    Not married yet, but we’re planning to order pizza for ours and just do a little run through at the lake in our hometown. Our venue is a bit of a drive from our hometown so we wanted the dinner to be local and this way, I can still feel like I [sort of] get the beach wedding I always wanted. We will just have parents, siblings, wedding attendants, and anyone who really helped us a lot through the wedding process. 

    Post # 32
    Member
    1489 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We had a “destination wedding” in RI. I rented two houses for both of our families, to provide free housing for both sides of our families and the bridal party.  

    We had the reherasal at the venue, and then afterwards all the family, bridal party and a few family friends showed up to the rental house for the groom’s family.  Both my BILs, my husband, my Father-In-Law, my Mother-In-Law and a family friend of theirs cooked up an amazing feast of lobsters, clams, steamers, steaks, and other munchies for everyone.  It was in a word, amazing, and so much fun. Everyone loved it. Afterwards, the kids were able to play in the pool and hang out.  

    They had looked into doing a clambake or going to a restaurant, but after sticker shock, my inlaws decided to host the rehearsal dinner themselves. I was seriously stressed about it, but it all went off without a hitch.   So amazing.  Highly recommend doing it if you have the space and people who don’t mind being “the chefs” for the evening.  We didn’t do speeches or a special cake though, it was just everyone hanging out, eating and getting to relax.  

    Post # 33
    Member
    429 posts
    Helper bee

    We are having pizza & beer for our rehearsal dinner! Since our wedding is somewhat destination, several people will be arriving the day before our wedding so we invited them to join us. So that means about 30 people will be at our dinner. We prefer something more casual and relaxing for the night. 

    Post # 35
    Member
    320 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    Out venue is in a small town with very limited options. We’re having the dinner at the country club and we extended invitations to bridal party, parents, siblings, grandparents and out of town guests. All in all we should have about 30 guests. Paying more than I’d like, but it would be a better deal than going to some of the restaurants in the area.

    Post # 36
    Member
    7199 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

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    futuremrsmencher:  Our venue wasn’t available the evening before, which was a bummer since a lot of people were coming from out of town. We rented a house for the week surrounding the wedding, so we ended up having the rehearsal in the backyard and brought in food. It was super casual but really nice. We had planned to invite anyone who was in town to the dinner portion of the night, but our rental owner told us last minute that we couldn’t have “parties” or more than a couple guests (even though when we booked we told him of our plans). So we just had the people in the wedding (bridesmaids, groomsmen, my dad, reader, officiant) and their spouses. It was still a LOT of people but thankfully the neighbors didn’t rat us out! 🙂

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