(Closed) What type of Rehearsal Dinner…?

posted 9 years ago in Parties
  • poll: What's the best option?
    Lunch at a nice restaurant, then have the actual rehearsal - maybe meet at a bar later. : (17 votes)
    77 %
    Cocktail hour at a bar (I'm not sure this is possible). : (1 votes)
    5 %
    Buffet dinner in a room we could rent in a building (it's really ugly/worn down and needs help) : (4 votes)
    18 %
  • Post # 3
    3979 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I really like the idea of hosting a lunch before the rehearsal! lol I may definitely consider doing this…

    It should cut down the stress if everyone is fat & happy 🙂

    Post # 4
    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    Guests (that means your attendants) are not responsible for paying their own way. If you (or your mom or whoever is hosting it) can’t afford something, then scale back to what you can afford that you cover completely yourself. If that means going to a local pizza parlor, then do that. Rehearsal dinners are supposed to be casual and inexpensive.

    So out of your options, I would go with #3 because it sounds like you will be paying for that one completely which is what a host does. No one will be paying attention to the building decor at that point.


    Post # 6
    3979 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    Oh… I wouldn’t invite people to join you at  bar afterwards where they will have to pay for their own drinks. Your mom is right, they’re paying a lot of money to be there & sheesh drinks in NYC are expensive! If I were invited to a bar after the rehearsal with the other guests, I’d assume it was covered. I think the lunch with beer & wine would be sufficient. 🙂 

    Post # 8
    1901 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I think either the lunch or the buffet dinner. It depends on if people will have enough time to get there for the lunch or will they still be traveling mid-day? I wouldn’t worry about the decor. At least at your friend’s building, you could provide your own alcohol and save $$$.

    For my Destination Wedding, I am checking into the costs of having a dinner from a limited menu at a sports bar/ grill, but if that’s too much then we’ll just do pizza and salads at another place.

    Post # 9
    197 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    We are planning to have the rehearsal with everyone necessary and then follow up with dinner for those 30 people. We can’t afford to throw a second reception. So, we are intending to say, we plan to go to “X” bar tonight. Stop by if you want. No mention of hosting, no formal invites. It’s the best we can do.

    Post # 10
    272 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I’ll eat dinner in a nice room, an ugly room, a circular room, whatever!  Just bring on the food!

    Post # 11
    5972 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I would say lunch except…do you think that most of your out of town guests will actually be there by afternoon?  If they are trying to minimize their time off work maybe not? 

    Just somethign to consider!  If you already know when people are coming in and Friday afternoon works I’d go for that.

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