(Closed) tell me all about your rehearsal dinner!

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2968 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

it can be as formal or as casual as you want. my rehearsal dinner consisted of pizza and beer (and soda for the non-drinkers) at my parents’ house, haha. very simple and low key

Post # 4
850 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@brideanjeza:  We opted to keep our rehearsal dinner immediate family-only, plus our officiant and the reader, so about 15 people. (We didn’t have a bridal party, if we did, I suppose we’d invite them + SOs too.) We chose to keep it small primarily because we didn’t want to wipe ourselves out the night before the wedding. We provided a list of recommended restaurants along with welcome bags for the out of town guests. After the rehearsal, we ate at our favorite casual French bistro because it was conveniently located within walking distance to the venue. We didn’t do speeches, just a general “cheers” when everyone had their drinks. We had salad, entrees and a dessert. Lots of wine because that’s how our families like to do dinner. 😉

As far as pricing it really depends on what you choose to do. As with everything in wedding planning, do what makes sense for your budget and your crowd. I’ve seen blog posts about how some couples with big budgets have rehearsal dinners that appear to be VERY similar to a wedding reception, with a big fancy meal, music, etc. Personally, I’ve attended more formal rehearsal dinners, but they had a small guest list of less than 20. With a group of 60, it might make sense to do something more casual like BBQ, cocktails + apps only, a pizza party or taco bar. There are really no rules about rehearsal dinners. Some people choose to invite all out of towners and some don’t.

Post # 5
2542 posts
Sugar bee

Ours was casual. We had our bridesmaids/groomsmen and their spouses and our parents and siblings at my parent’s house in their backyard. We got big platters of Subway sandwiches and made some salads and desserts, and put out coolers of beer and other drinks. It was fun!

Rehearsal dinners can be as fancy or casual as you want, it’s up to you! There really aren’t any rules.

Post # 6
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My rehearsal dinner was casual – we had it at a local Mexican restaurant for about 30 people (the bridal party and their plus 1s, and both parents). We made reservations and did the group option for $16 pp, which included chips, salsa, queso, cheese enchilada appetizer and chicken and beef fajitas. It can be as fancy or as casual as you want it to be, we went low key partly to keep costs down, partly because everyone loves that particular restaurant we went to.

we made a thank you speech to our parents and bridal party, just short and sweet. 


Post # 7
26 posts
  • Wedding: July 2014

We had a BBQ at his parents beautiful home which is where we also had our wedding.  No bridal party, about 15 relatives, good food, lots of laughs. We arranged flowers that we bought at the wholesale flower mart. Realized with horror the next day as I was being driven to the ceremony that we forgot to actually rehearse!  Everybody winged it, turned out fine Despite the oversight, 

Post # 8
3277 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We’re looking at a banquet hall for about 50-60 people (wedding party, +1s, ushers, pastor and family, and immediate family). It will probably be around $30 for buffet and open bar. Likely our parents will be speaking. All the rehearsal dinners I’ve been to take place at a nice restaurant, but really they can be as formal or casual as you want. 

Post # 9
881 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@brideanjeza:  We are having a very formal wedding with tons of food. For our rehearsal dinner we decided we will…go to cracker barrell ahhaa My Fiance parents are paying and we figure with such a formal event with lots of fancy dishes the next day why not have a nice relaxed meal right near the venue and hotel so its easy for our bridal party and other guests at the Rehearsal Dinner. My Fiance parents are also insistent on paying but we know they dont have tons of extra $$ to throw around so we thought this would be fun and cute and a few of our Out of Town bridal party members live no where near one so they will like it to. 

ETA: with parents, bridal party and their dates, and us, it’ll come out to be around 25-30 people. We called ahead and the resturaunt said thats fine so we will see how it works out! 

Post # 10
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We didn’t have a rehearsal.  However, we ordered pizzas in at the place where we were all staying, as a welcome dinner for everyone.  It was a wonderful, relaxed evening with our friends, and a contrast to the more formal luncheon we had for our reception.

Post # 15
731 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

We are having it at a local resturant with a limited menu and it will be about $10 per person we chose this because the food is good, simple, and cheap! We will be having at least 30 people there 🙂 

Post # 16
419 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

We’re inviting all of our wedding guests for dinner on Friday, which will probably be about 25 people. There aren’t many inexpensive restaurants there, and our guests are traveling a long way (7 hour drive to cross-country flight), so we booked a fairly nice restaurant. We negotiated the price down to $35 per person for a three-course meal + alcohol + tip and tax (so probably around $65 pp total). I was hoping to spend less, but figured it’s the least we can do considering the effort our guests will make to get there.

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