The Rehearsal Dinner budget! It’s definitely something you have to consider. First, will it be a grand budget and held at Dad’s Country Club, or more of a local eatery budget? Whether large or small, casual or formal, sit down or buffet style-rehearsal dinner planning can sometimes take its own route, a route often outside of your wedding day plans.
Planning a rehearsal dinner on a budget!
Remember, the rehearsal dinner is typically going to be a more intimate gathering, before your wedding day. It’s a chance for both families to get together with you, to say thank you to those involved and enjoy the evening together before the whirlwind of your big day.
“But my rehearsal dinner budget is small,” you say. Not to worry. Below are some tips to make your rehearsal dinner an intimate affair as personal and unique as you.
Rehearsal Dinner Budget: It doesn’t have to be expensive to be memorable!
Hit the beach…Texas style:
Gather your friends and family for a beach party featuring BBQ, pasta salad, sun tea, potato salad and all the fixin’s. Purchase these items at your local grocery store or have it catered family style. S’mores is optional as the sun sets over the ocean.
Park it: Southern California is full of national parks and wildlife areas that provide the perfect backdrop to an Eco-friendly dinner. Guests can bring their pets for an easy way to break the ice among everyone. Contact your local park department for availability.
Catered at “home sweet home”: Why not have a catered or homemade event at your own home? Nothing is more intimate and personal than a rehearsal dinner at your own place. To keep things simple and inexpensive, try a Mexican or Italian food night with things such as spaghetti and garlic bread or tacos on the menu.
Regardless of what you choose, remember that the evening is about two families coming together as one and not about the fanciness of the evening. Make your evening personal by adding your own touch (i.e.: photos of you and your groom on each table or a slide show of both families) and decorations. What better way is there to share the love between two people than with good food and family?