Post # 1
So we found a restaurant that we totally love for the rehearsal dinner. We actually thought that we were going to be able to book this without even looking anywhere else, they even have a private room for private parties. Well… the price was in our range until we found out that they have a minimum price for renting the private room. We were thinking we would only spend about 1/2 to 2/3 of the price that the minimum is.
The lady at the restaurant suggested that they could just block off part of the restaurant for our party (about 40 people) instead of using the private room and we wouldn’t have to meet this minimum.
At first I was so mad that I completely swore off going to this restaurant. But the more I look I just can’t find another restaurant that seems as perfect as this one for the rehearsal.
Has anyone had (or planning on having) a rehearsal dinner at a restaurant but not in a private room? What are your thoughts? I have a feeling it will be a little more awkward, like other restaurant guests will be watching us, especially if there are any kinds of toasts. Also I’m afriad guests will be less likely to get up and mingle and will instead just talk to the couple other people at their immediate table.
Please let me know what you think!!
Post # 3
I’m pretty sure that’s what our rehersal dinner will look like. We’re not getting a private room, just a section of the restaurant reserved. I’m just hoping it won’t be too loud in the restaurant.
Post # 4
I have been to rehearsal dinners that are not in a private area of the restaurant and everything was great. I have also been a patron in a restaurant where there was a rehearsal dinner going on in the same area and I didn’t pay one bit of attention to it Basically I’m getting at that it should work out fine! Typically, the restaurant would put you in an out of the way area (not usually right in the center of the action).
Post # 5
@missnittany: I think it’s fine for a rehearsal dinner. If it were your reception it would be another story, but I think for a rehearsal it should be no problem.
Post # 6
Our Rehearsal Dinner was held at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants. They didn’t have any kind of event room so we set up camp in one of their areas that consisted of a few long tables and a handful of booths. We had our own section with the long tables but there were some other diners eating at the booths behind us. Honestly, we didn’t even know they were there. However, I’m sure they had a hard time enjoying their meals as we were kind of loud and distracting (oh, well). It was perfectly fine.
Post # 7
I think it’s fine, Depends on the layout of the resturant. I been to a one at mexican resturant too, and the blocked off all the tables areas in their section next to the bar so made it pretty easy.
Post # 8
I dont want my rehearsal dinner to be that formal anyway. Since this will be sort of like a welcome dinner we want some sense of casualness to it. Plus the prices to have a private room at Emeril’s Delmonico restaurant were like wedding prices…sheesh
Post # 9
So all day at work I was set on using this place (Lidia’s italian restaurant in Pittsburgh) for the rehearsal dinner and now I find out that even if we sit in the regular restaurant they won’t seat a group our size till after 8. I’m getting really fed up with this place. I guess I should continue searching else where.
What time seems reasonable for the rehearsal dinner? Our rehersal at the church is at 5:30, it will probably take about a half hr, and there is about a 20 minute drive to get down town to the restaurant. I would think we need to have the rehearsal dinner start around 6:30 or 7. I don’t want it to be too late… we kind of have big plans the next day 🙂
Post # 10
@NCPwedding: Mmmm Delmonico’s, one of my favorite restaurants on the planet. They Bananas Foster, to die for!
Okay back on topic.
OP as someone who worked in the restaurant industry let me just say that any time a group of 40 or so people comes in you are taking over anyway. Even if you don’t have your own private room that restaurant will essentially be yours, probably to the dismay of the other guests.
I say go with it. Often places will give you the private room last minute if they don’t book it as it is in their best interest to give you that room so as to not disturb their other guests.
Post # 11
As a regular diner I’d hate it but as a member of the 40 person rehearsal dinner I’d say WHO CARES 🙂
Post # 12
We are having ours in a resturant that before we picked it had a very small room. But w/in the last year the owner has really done it up! The place is incredible now and has a separate room that will hold all 30 of us! Great Italian food too!
Post # 13
We’re having our rehearsal dinner in a restaurant without a private room also. They said they usually set them up towards the back in a more secluded area, and they can block off the area with their planters, etc., to make it a little more private. We’re only expecting 20-22 people at ours though, so I think it will be fine!
Post # 14
- Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)
We didn’t have a private room or anything, and it was fine! We just had a couple of long tables, and we all squeeze around those. Perfect!