(Closed) What type of Rehearsal Dinner are you having? Big, Small, Themed, Pure Fun?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We had a very casual dinner with about 20 family members at a local Italian place.  My in-laws paid, so we deferred the choices to them.  🙂 

Post # 4
5271 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

My Future In-Laws are paying for the dinner, they decided on the place, its bbq. I’m thinking there will be drinking involved too, not sure though b/c they havn’t included me in the planning, but hopefully as it gets closer I’ll get the 411.

By The Way, random question, but do we (the bride) create the rehearsal dinner invites? I’ve seen Bees on here make them, but I’ve also seen the in-laws make them too….

Post # 5
329 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Future In-Laws are hosting a formal dinner that i think is going to be soooo much fun! we have a whole floor to ourselves (parents, grandparents, bridal party + dates) for three hours, plus open bar. the food at this place is really amazing and it’s going to be so nice to have an intimate, but really celebratory gathering to kick off the weekend!

the plan is to then park ourselves at a local bar for oot guests to drop by if they want (non-hosted) so we get to see people, without budgeting for a huge rehearsal dinner.

Post # 6
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

My fiance and I have two options we’re considering. Either way, the guest list will consist of the bride & groom (2), the wedding party (2), the parents and siblings (6), and the grandparents (4), for a total of 14 people. Oh! And our friend who will be officiating, for a total of 15 (16 if she wants to bring a guest). Now, I WOULD invite the out-of-towners, except that most of our guests are from out of town — our families have kind of spread out. The only people in town will be us, the wedding party, our parents and siblings, two of the grandparents, a couple friends, and one cousin and his wife. Out of 80-ish people. So inviting the out-of-town guests is not going to happen.

Option one (the expensive option; this could easily cost $2000) is that we have a small, intimate rehearsal dinner at my favourite restaurant, the Hardware Grill. However, I don’t know if we can justify doing this when our total wedding budget without the rehearsal dinner is inching closer and closer to $4000. Increasing our budget by 50% just for a rehearsal dinner is not an idea that I like.

Option two is that we have a rehearsal dinner that’s more budget-friendly and in-line with the tone of our wedding: we host the dinner at my parent’s house. They have an awesome backyard we could practice the ceremony in, there’s extra fold-out tables and chairs, we could do BBQ, or we could cook up a storm of ethnic foods. Best of all? Free, hooray! And it gives us a chance to practice wiring the outdoor speakers for the wedding. =) My dad and fiance will have so much fun with that! 

Post # 7
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

We’re doing a fairly large dinner (~70 people) and including everyone in both of our families as well as bridal party & dates. My FH’s family is all from out of town, so it was important for them to see each other as muc has possible. I wanted my family to also be involved so it wasn’t all one-sided. I think it will be a great way for our families to meet each other!!

Post # 8
213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We’re doing dinner at a hole-in-the-wall Mexican place that is pretty close to our venue.  The food is amazingly good and the prices are very reasonable.  My dad offered to pay, so now that leaves a little more room in the budget, since we don’t have to pick up the cost of the rehearsal dinner.

I don’t think you have to create any rehearsal dinner invites, but it would probably help.  I think I’m just going to buy some generic invitations and send them to the people who need to be there.  I’ve spent enough time and energy with paper products this year! Ü 

Post # 9
818 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I’m thinking pizza after the rehearsal sounds like an awesome idea. We’re not having a fancy, formal wedding so why have a fancy, formal rehearsal dinner? I want fun!!

Post # 10
88 posts
Worker bee

luxury bowling with fancy buffet for 100 or so people.

Post # 11
2680 posts
Sugar bee

Our FIL’s are hosting our rehearsal dinner, its about 65 people so it could be another wedding!  It is going to be on the Queen Mary in Long Beach with hors d’ oeuvres and a sit-down meal.  The room is great Im really looking forward to it!

Post # 12
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We are going to our pizza hang out Old Chicago.. its our spot! We thought it would  be low key and fun and yummy! 

Post # 13
2271 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We’re all going to the area’s biggest Chinese buffet!

Post # 14
439 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We’re having a lakeside BBQ! Our wedding is an in-province destination so we wanted something casual and easy. Plus we love a good BBQ! 😉

@bluedec – what’s luxury bowling? Sounds fun!

Post # 15
3979 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I just had an "aha" moment thanks to what samisomsam said!

We are having a fancy schmancy reception… so why not have pure fun!? And truthfully pizza & beer is my Fiance through & through. He’s not a fussy guy & all the wedding hooplah will probably have him on edge anyway. I think we’re going to just have pizza & beer with all our Out of Town guests & my closest loved ones.

Omigosh! I WISH we had an Old Chicago where I live. I’d totally have our rehearsal dinner there.. I’m jealous nc80120!

Post # 16
1156 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York

We had a casual dinner — immediate family and wedding party only at Mr. Bee’s favorite restaurant.  It ended up costing more than we expected because of all the alcohol everyone ordered!

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