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How Much Does a Rehearsal Dinner Cost?

 
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  Typical costs:
  • A rehearsal dinner can cost as little as $10 to $30 per person for a simple affair held in the host's home. Examples include an Italian-themed event with lasagna and Chianti, a back-yard cookout with burgers, a pizza party or a cocktail party. TheKnot.com[1] offers a list of casual rehearsal dinner ideas.
  • A typical rehearsal dinner can cost $30 to $70 per person for a simple meal and drinks in a private room at a casual restaurant. Examples include an event centered on local cuisine -- seafood in Maine, barbecue in Texas, pizza in Chicago -- or an ethnic celebration -- an Indian feast or Chinese or Vietnamese food served family style -- a sushi party, or, if the bride and groom prefer to have the night before the wedding to themselves, a luncheon at a botanical garden. Some restaurants charge a small room rental fee and do not charge for use of flatware and stemware. Brides.com[2] offers ideas.
  • An elaborate rehearsal dinner can cost $70 to $250 per person and even higher. Ideas include a catered meal at a reception hall or a multi-course meal in a high-end restaurant or upscale hotel. Michelinguide.com provides lists of starred restaurants in New York City and in the San Francisco area. And Epicurious.com[3] gives its take on the top 50 restaurants in the United States.
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What should be included:
  • A rehearsal dinner provides an opportunity for the bride's and groom's close family members, along with the wedding party and their spouses, to socialize, eat and toast the couple before the wedding day. It also gives the bride and groom a chance to present gifts to their parents and members of the wedding party.
  • TheKnot.com[4] has a guide to rehearsal dinner basics.
Additional costs:
  • Decorations are an important cost to figure in. Many hosts order floral arrangements for tables, which can cost $20 to $50 each. Less expensive or do-it-yourself decorations, such fun, framed photographs of the couple, are also an option for $15 or less each.
Discounts:
  • Sometimes it is possible to get a discount on rehearsal dinner invitations if they are purchased along with the wedding invitations. For a casual event, it is also acceptable to use a site such as Evite.com[5] for e-mail invitations.
Shopping for a rehearsal dinner:
  • The first step to planning a rehearsal dinner is making the guest list. Brides.com[6] has a guide to planning a rehearsal dinner.
  • Brides.com[7] offers a list of creative rehearsal dinner ideas for hosts on a budget.
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rehearsal dinner
Amount: $5,400.00 total
Posted by: cherylk1 in portland, OR.Posted: September 23rd, 2017 06:09PM
Type: Golf ClubNumber of Guests: 60
wine/beer only
passed hors d'oeuvres
plated dinners
coffee/dessert
--slide show
--we provided our own centerpieces/flowers
very nice venue--elegant
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REHEARSAL DINNER
Amount: $3,500.00 total
Posted by: a user in Colts Neck, NJ.Posted: August 17th, 2017 09:08AM
Type: Backyard BBQNumber of Guests: 60
BBQ Food Truck.
Lots of alcohol.
Live Music.
2 Waitresses.
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Rehearsal dinner
Amount: $850.00 total
Posted by: [email protected] in Buffalo, NY.Posted: July 3rd, 2015 12:07PM
Type: Number of Guests: 45
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External Resources:
  1.  wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/rehearsal-dinner/articles/wedding-rehearsals-...
  2.  www.brides.com/wedding-ideas/wedding-showers-parties/2006/12/well-rehearsed
  3.  www.gourmet.com
  4.  wedding.theknot.com/groom-groomsmen/tips-for-grooms/articles/wedding-rehearsal-bas...
  5.  www.evite.com/
  6.  www.brides.com/wedding-ideas/wedding-showers-parties/2006/11/plan-a-rehearsal-dinner
  7.  www.brides.com/wedding-ideas/wedding-showers-parties/2006/12/the-night-before
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