Post # 17
We are just having a rehearsel dinner/decorating party for ours. We will do a quick run through of the ceremony at the park then we will all go to the reception building. We are just bringing in meat, cheese, vegi and fruit trays along with rolls for our dinner. I’m sure we’ll have some beer there too to entice the guys, lol. We’ll eat, do our thanks and give gifts then we are all decorating the building. I’m all about multi-tasking so if I can get two things done at once then I’m happy. We are a pretty laid back group so a formal dinner just doesn’t suit us and I prefer to save money wherever I can.
Post # 18
It’s your wedding, so of course you don’t have to have a rehearsal dinner if you don’t want to.
Post # 19
we were going to have a "rehearsal dinner" with no rehearsal because we are not having a wedding party so i didn’t think it was necessary
…but now that my Future Sister-In-Law is going to be our officiant we are going to rehearse. this is her her time doing it and it’s me and my FH first time too so we need to practice.
i think the above advice is solid. good luck!
Post # 20
I’ve been to a pot-luck rehearsal at the groom’s parent’s home after the rehearsal before. It was low cost and lots of fun!
Post # 21
we were thinking of having a rehearsal dinner but not paying for everyone…so just going to a small place and letting people order what they want and pay for it themselves..is that wrong? should we let people know that they are expected to purchase their own meal? i had no idea that we were expected to pay for everything..
Post # 22
Tradionally, the groom’s parents are supposed to pay for this, but in my case, his parents are deceased and my parents could not afford to pay for any portion of my wedding (they did give us a $500 engagement gift and will give us cash as a wedding gift-probably the same amount). The wedding party and parents will be expecting that meal to be paid for, but as long as everyone knows ahead of time what to expect, I think you will be OK.