May 2012 Weddings

rehearsal dinner question

okay so im not really into having a big expensive everyone dress up kinda dinner. actually the thought kinda makes me queasy... is it okay to do something less fancy? maybe like applebees at the fanciest?
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  • We're doing barbecue at the hotel where our block is. I'm not sure I would do a restaurant like Applebee's, unless you could make reservations. I would at least try to find a place that has a private room.
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  • There's nothing wrong with a casual rehearsal dinner at all! I agree that you need to do it somewhere with a private room if it's at a restaurant. You could even have it catered to someone's home if they have a big backyard, like a backyard BBQ. 
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  • we are having pizza at the church after the rehersal :)

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  • We're going to PIzza Hut :) They don't have a private room but the RD will have between 30-40 guests so we'll take up the majority of the restaurant anyways. Where we're getting married is small and we don't have a lot of options that won't cost a ton so we decided on Pizza Hut since we had our first date there. Keeping it simple is good enough for me :)
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  • My aunt had her RD at Joe's Crab Shack. Everyone loved it and it was a lot of fun! If a big fancy dinner isn't what you want, there's no reason why you have to have it. You're supposed to be relaxing before your big day...not stressed out over a dinner you don't want to have.
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  • Totally fine.  Do what you want.

  • We are cooking a pig at the church where FI's step dad preaches.  No way did we want fancy.  Our venue does rehearsal dinners, but I didnt want to spoil our exposure to the venue (does that make sense) plus they serve like filet mignon and lobster...and I guess I will feel werid if the rehearsal dinner was more fancy than the reception food. 
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  • we're having ours at a mexican restaurant!  i prefer low-key too :)
  • Do what you want. My RD is going to be ridiculously big. Like 70 people big. FILs rented a room (almost for a smaller reception, but not that fancy). We are going to order Old Carolina BBQ & have beer & wine for drinks. Totally laid back & fun. We in no way wanted fancy. We just want to mingle with our OOT guests & visit with family we don't see often since we live out of state too.
  • what ever you want whether it's Bikinis at a pool or a formal black tie dinner...it's totally up to you and the FI...do what makes your comfortable. :)
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  • We wanted something casual too since the RD is when a lot of our family members, friends, etc will be meeting. We figure the wedding with be "fancy"; there's no need to do it twice.
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  • Yeah, do whatever you guys want, casual is totally fine!  We were originally going to have a very casual pizza + beer RD, until I found out that the place I wanted doesn't take reservations of big groups.  Now we decided to go a little more formal at a place closer to the chapel, but I kind of wanted something more formal anyways.
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  • We're doing casual too - we're either doing pizza or having a buffet at a little hole-in-the-wall place.  I actually think it's kinda nice to do a more relaxing dinner the day before.  You'll have all the fancy stuff the next day anyway.
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  • We're also going more casual. We're having a BBQ at our venue (we're getting married at a hotel so everything's there that weekend). And I don't think you need to go to a place with a private room if that doesn't bother you.
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  • In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-club-boards_may-2012-weddings_rehearsal-dinner-question-1?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20Club%20BoardsForum:f0ca0bc1-9255-4120-8042-b40e7f3e99c5Discussion:04df1d49-6dc5-42be-83f1-fe1929db8206Post:76cda384-22f1-4801-aece-19c83e766198">Re: rehearsal dinner question</a>:
    [QUOTE]we're having ours at a mexican restaurant!  i prefer low-key too :)
    Posted by comeongetdown[/QUOTE]

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    </div><div>Same with us! We're having about 50 people at ours and we wanted low key too. We originally were going to do a backyard BBQ, but my aunt and uncle who offered to host are putting a pool in and it won't be done in time. So instead we're doing it at a delicious and affordable mexican restuarant. They're not a chain so they are being great about working with us on price point (doing pitchers of margaritas and sangria with happy hour prices, limited menu, etc). </div>
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    [QUOTE]Totally fine.  Do what you want.
    Posted by kimberlykh[/QUOTE]

    <div>I agree :-)</div>
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  • Its definitely okay to not have something super fancy!
    We're having our RD at the wedding venue, but we're having a barbeque type dinner with buffet burgers, brats, etc.
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  • It's okay if it's not super fancy, just make sure wherever you do it, it can accommodate all of your RD guests.
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  • It's definitely okay to have a casual RD! It doesn't need to be fancy at all!
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