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Rehearsal Dinner

Gina, on November 15, 2021 at 2:10 PM Posted in Planning 0 10

The time has come to book my rehearsal dinner. My question is, how does this work lol is it standard to rent out a venue for this? Or is it just a make reservations for your party kind of thing? I’m tinkling we will have about 30 people. Thank you


Latest activity by Katherine, on November 24, 2021 at 11:43 PM
  • Jessi
    Super October 2022
    Jessi ·
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    I think it just depends on the vibe you want and how much you want to spend. Our plan is to do BBQ catering at the venue we're having our ceremony/reception at. Other people will rent out venues or simply rooms in restaurants. My parents did pizza while setting up their decorations. Do you have an idea of what you want to do?

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  • Allison
    Dedicated May 2022
    Allison ·
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    We just rented a room at a restaurant near our venue. It was free to rent, so we'll just be paying for food and alcohol for 2-3 hours for up to 55 people (we aren't sure who will be able to make it at this point in time). Also, we're wedding date twins!

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  • Kelly
    Dedicated February 2022
    Kelly ·
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    I think it just depends on what you wanna do! We are going for more chill so we just plan on making reservations somewhere nearby and eating there to make it easy and simple for everyone especially me and my fiancé lol

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  • Jacks
    Master November 2054
    Jacks ·
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    Depends on your budget and what kind of formality you want to host. Anything works from pizza and beer at home to something more structured at a restaurant.

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  • M
    Dedicated November 2021
    Madison ·
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    Depending on your wedding formality but it can range from eating at your venue with catered food to eating at a separate venue catered or even a nice restaurant. Personally my wedding is not a black time event but my future MIL wanted to do formal rehearsal which would’ve been at a fancy restaurant costing $2,000 for 30 people. I opted for a simple catered event at the wedding venue for $300 so either way do what you think is best
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
    Michelle ·
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    Typically the rehearsal dinner is a very casual laid back inexpensive dinner for attendants and their significant others. They are often pizza and beer or burgers or something inexpensive that you would meet in a local restaurant. Many restaurants have a private room or or a corner they can put your group in away from the bustle. Dress code is casual in many circles: T-shirts and jeans or khakis.

    Some people choose equally expensive fancy as the wedding day itself but that is really not as common as you might think. Also, it is not common to invite traveling guests who are not involved in the ceremony. Do not have guests pay for anything out of pocket.
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  • Samantha
    Rockstar May 2022
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    We just had everyone over to our house after the rehearsal and grilled out burgers and played cornhole and drank some beers and enjoyed the patio. Didn't really want to spend a bunch of money on it as our wedding was expensive enough, plus we wanted a casual feel to it as our wedding was pretty formal. We did only have probably 10 or 12 ppl there, so I think size of your party will matter in this decision.

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  • Cece
    Rockstar November 2022
    Cece Online ·
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    This is completely up to you and your vision for your rehearsal dinner! It can be as simple as having people over to your home to BBQ or order pizza…a very fancy, formal dinner…. and anything in between. If you are wanting to host it at a restaurant, I would call ahead to see how they handle it. Some casual restaurants will allow you to simply make a reservation and order from the regular menu, while others will give you a limited menu you must order from. A lot of nicer restaurants require you to book a private room for large parties, and/or may have a food/bev minimum you must meet. We are planning to host our rehearsal dinner at a restaurant because we wanted great food and drinks and did not want to have to worry about keeping food warm, being “bartenders”, or cleaning up after. A restaurant was just a much more hassle-free choice.
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  • SHY
    Master January 2022
    SHY ·
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    It's up to you on how you'd like the rehearsal dinner to go! Some couples want it to be more formal and have a venue for it (check with your venue as well, some of them will let you have your rehearsal dinner there!), while others go the more casual route like meeting at a restaurant, or having BBQ, pizza, potluck..etc.

    We have the same amount of guests for our rehearsal dinner as you do, and we've just reserved a room in a restaurant close to the hotel! We want it to be more laid back and casual since Friday is all about relaxing before the big day. It's a pizza place, but they have other items on their menu for those that want something else. Afterwards we're going back to the hotel and meeting up with our guests that traveled, and having a 'Meet & Mingle' at the hotel's bar.

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  • Katherine
    Expert October 2021
    Katherine ·
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    We made a reservation at a restaurant and made a list of stuff we wanted served.
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