(Closed) Rehearsal Dinner…on a shoestring budget

posted 8 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

Would you be able to afford something like a pizza place? That shouldn’t be too expensive.

If you have to, I think a non hosted rd is fine, as long as people know ahead of time.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

You can search for a Mexican restaurant that has a banquet room, or some kind of food that goes a long way. Chinese, pizza, or you could do a cocktail thing?

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

If possible, I think it’s really best if you can pick up the tab.  What kind of venue are you getting married at?  Is it possible to have the rehearsal dinner there?  I have been to rd’s at the venue – if at a church, they often have some type of multi-purpose room you could use.  You could do something affordable like pizza.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We had a pasta buffet with different types of sauces and proteins available And a bunch of antipasto dishes… like bruschetta, salami, olives, cheeses etc. And since it was a buffet it helped cut down costs. 

I would see if any restaurants near your would do a pre set menu where people can pick (fish or chicken) or even do a pre set buffet for your party. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Oh! Do you live near the beach? I would totally do a BBQ in the park or on the beach, if it’s not too dark when you get done.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

BBQ.  I think that is what we will do.  BBQs I think would be more fun anyways and soooooo much cheaper.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

The best Rehearsal Dinner I have ever been to was a BBQ. Least fancy- and most fun for sure!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

@vistagirl: We almost did bbq for our rd and the quote we got was very affordable!  It’s a great way to go!

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

You said that you lived in an apartment. Does your apartment complex have a club house? I attended a rehearsal dinner this summer that was held in the club house of a townhome community. It was a very nice set up and they didn’t break the bank. If you don’t have this in your complex, then do you have friends that do? Best of luck to you! I am confident that you will find something suitable that won’t cost an arm and a leg.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Maybe a tapas bar if there are any in your area. We have one in town that serves amazing tapas for reasonable prices and they fill you up.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I consider it polite to host dinner for the wedding party for their help. Definitely go for a apartment clubhouse if you have one. Pizza and other basics are fine, or party trays from the grocery. Some caterers can do relatively low priced meals – call around and explain you want something cheap. Rehearsal dinners are often held at restaurants – call some in your area and see if you they can give you a price. Often they will have limited menus for large parties so you will know the price in advance.

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