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Rehearsal Dinner- formal or informal!

ZimWifey, on June 23, 2017 at 1:28 PM Posted in Planning 0 5

Hi brides! My big day is coming up Nov.4th and I'm working out details for the rehearsal dinner. We're working with a large bridal party- 16 ppl total. Also, we're not from the US so some family members coming I form out the country. To increase mingling, we want to rent a large house (for the whole week actually) that can host our rehearsal dinner and we'll probably cater some food and family members will cook the cultural foods. Is this too informal?


Latest activity by firstoneat56, on June 23, 2017 at 2:11 PM
  • A. L.
    Master July 2017
    A. L. ·
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    We are doing a formal dinner, because our families have never met. You should definitely not have any cook for your RD.

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  • Nicole
    Super November 2019
    Nicole ·
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    Cooking in some families is a tradition and I think that cooking the cultural foods will be great because then everyone can talk about it and mingle about that! Food is almost always a comfort zone for everyone.

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  • Kris
    Super September 2017
    Kris ·
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    We're doing something similar. Our wedding will be super formal so we wanted our RH to be more casual. FH's parents rented a large home (that they will stay in for the weekend) and we are planning a backyard bbq style rehearsal dinner - catered bbq with servers, self serve bar, lawn games, cards, dominoes, etc.

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  • Meaghan
    VIP November 2017
    Meaghan ·
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    I love your idea of renting a house and keeping it casual, but like @Kate said, the RD is to thank people for rehearsing, and asking them to cook as their thank you does not really work. I'd consider ordering some food in. We are having pizza delivered from a local restaurant for ours.

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  • firstoneat56
    Master August 2017
    firstoneat56 ·
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    This case may be an exception since in some cultures, it would be insulting to not let people cook. It might seem offensive to ask someone to cook at your RD or wedding in the US, but could be a different situation elsewhere and that needs to be respected. Of course, OP knows that best.

    As far as OPs question goes, either formal or informal is fine. What you're doing sounds wonderful. We are having a catered open house at our house the night before. There is no rehearsal so it's really for OOT guests and relatives. We're catering from a local Jewish deli which for our crowd, will be a big hit.

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