(Closed) wedding stress – rehersal dinner and budget cuts

posted 6 years ago in Traditions
Post # 2
1073 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I am actually looking to do pizza at my sisters house after our noon rehersal. I would not see that as cheap. Most people really love pizza, and its a fun way to share food before the big day. I do think that pwople that come out to the reheasal should be fed something, but it does not need to be fancy. THere was another thread recently where someone else aksed about a pizza rehersal and a ton ofpeople cimed in and said they would love that. I hope this helps! Wedding planning is stressful, but you are almost done! 

Post # 3
27 posts

We had planned on hosting everyone at a restaurant for our rehearsal dinner but, like you, money and time got the best of us and so we did a relaxed pizza and beer for our rehearsal dinner. It seemed like everyone had a good time and we later heard from our bridal party that they actually preferred the beer and pizza idea over the restaurant!

It’s definitely acceptable and no one is going to think you’re cheap ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 4
638 posts
Busy bee

I actually like this idea and kind of wish my FIs mother would lighten up on trying to plan this elaborate meal at some place big enough to hold us all, but I’m not paying so she can do as she pleases. I don’t think it’s cheap though. It’s a nice way to relax everyone.

Post # 5
60 posts
Worker bee

we are doing a spegetti dinner and the sauce will be made ahead of time so no wirries about cooking it all day.

Post # 6
2319 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

By the time I added up all my expenses the least of my worries was my rehearsal dinner. While I wanted it to be nice and semi fancy it just isnt worth the money if you dont have tons of room to spare in your budget. I dont think your bridal party will care once they are fed.

Post # 7
8408 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

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e.bee:  Pizza is a fine rehearsal dinner. Good compromise.

Post # 8
607 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2025

I would be SO down to go to a rehearsal dinner with pizza!!! We have lots of picky eaters in what will be our bridal party, so it would be the perfect solution for everyone!

Post # 9
273 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

People often take time off of work to attend a rehearsal (In addition to the wedding). I think it’s important to feed your friends and family who will be participating in the wedding. It doesn’t have to be fancy – just have enough food + beverages for everyone. Simple like pizza, soup + sandwiches, pasta, etc. works.


Post # 10
101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: The Mansion at Valley Country Club

I think it sounds just fine. To be honest, I’d rather something low-key, considering the next day will be incredibly busy and stressful. 

Post # 11
1617 posts
Bumble bee

I’m doing pizza too. Who wants to dress up two days in a row? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 12
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

we did pizza and I was told over and over how much people liked the idea.

I wanted to be able to invite everyone who was travelling so they had one less meal to worry about and that way people could pop in and out as well depending on their schedule. It was probably the best idea we had the whole weekend and I’m so glad we did it. Plus it was super easy to clean up and hubs and I had plenty of leftovers of both food and drink to bring to our new house! 

We asked our BM’s wife to stay behind while we were rehearsing and gave her money for pizza and she got the drinks cold so everything was set when we finished at the church!

Post # 13
1149 posts
Bumble bee

My cousin had pizza and beer/wine for us the night before her wedding and it was SO MUCH FUN!!! We sat around watching a football game and catching up in their living room. If I ever have a rehearsal dinner I’m having pizza ๐Ÿ™‚ lol

Post # 14
2221 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

People are happy if they are fed for free. I’d be happy with pizza. I’d be happy with soup and sandwiches. I’d be happy with steak. Pizza is fine!! 

Post # 15
1726 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We had pizza, pasta, salad and beer/wine/liquor at our venue the night before for our rehearsal dinner. It was awesome and everyone loved it.

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