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Jennifer
Just Said Yes December 2021

Rehersal Dinner/welcome dinner in Puerto Rico

Jennifer, on October 28, 2020 at 4:46 PM Posted in Parties and Events 0 7
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Hello WW Brides! Does anyone have experience in hosting or planning a Rehersal Dinner/Welcome Dinner or welcome cocktail event. I have been getting quotes higher than our wedding catering!

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Latest activity by Karla, on October 28, 2020 at 10:55 PM
  • Jasmine
    Devoted May 2021
    Jasmine ·
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    What part of PR are you getting married?
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  • Jennifer
    Just Said Yes December 2021
    Jennifer ·
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    Wedding is in Rio Grande at Hacienda Siesta Alegre, we are staying in the San Juan area.
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  • M
    Super October 2022
    Michele ·
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    A rehearsal should not be expensive. Most people do simple pizzas and beer or whatever is the lowest cost delicious takeout type food.
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  • Hanna
    VIP June 2019
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    We didn't have a destination wedding, but we did a rehearsal dinner/welcome dinner combo because the majority of our guests were travelling from out of town. We had between 70-75 guests in attendance at the dinner the night before the wedding. We were able to keep costs down by renting a party room, having a caterer do heavy app stations, hiring some students to serve as bartenders, and DIY-ing the decor. The whole thing came out around $3000, which was very reasonable for us. If you can try to DIY part of it, that would be a good way to keep costs down (though that might be difficult if you're having a destination wedding in PR). Maybe contact some more casual restaurants nearby and see if someone can offer you a package deal, or something with heavy app stations instead of a full sit-down meal.

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  • Jennifer
    Just Said Yes December 2021
    Jennifer ·
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    Thats a great idea! I will check with some of the local more casual restaurants! Thank you!
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  • Rebecca
    Rockstar August 2019
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    My ILs hosted our rehearsal dinner in their apartment. Do you live in the area, or will you have access to a kitchen?
    Rehearsal dinners don't have to be decorated, fancy, or anything other than yummy. Ours was super low-key and fun, with simple dishes like pesto, chicken cacciatore, pork loin, and homemade chocolate cake (made dairy and gluten free for certain guests). At this point I should mention my ILs *are* Italian-American.

    But, as mentioned above, it could really just be pizza and beer.

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  • Karla
    Super February 2020
    Karla ·
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    Our Rehearsal/Welcome Dinner was in Southern California. We originally were planning on doing something low-key and inexpensive like a food truck at the hotel most guests were staying at( but my in-laws suggested having it at a nearby brewery (Stone Brewing in Escondido). It ended up being about $12k for 80-90 people. This included an open beer/wine bar.


    However, I agree with PPs. The Rehearsal/Welcome Dinner doesn’t need to be fancy. I’ve been to one held at a local Italian family restaurant and another at a BJs restaurant.
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