(Closed) Rehearsal Dinner without private room at restaurant??

posted 9 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
1368 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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
679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

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
1755 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@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
10282 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
3567 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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 # 10
11161 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

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@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
705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 1993

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
1056 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
326 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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!

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