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Wedding Rehearsal Alternatives to Help You Save

Budget and Save

There are many ways to save money on your wedding rehearsal dinner without sacrificing the celebration.

You spend months—sometimes years—planning out the details for one very special day. You order flowers, try on dresses and tuxedos, taste many desserts, explore venue options—your checklist for that one day can seem endless. You might even forget there is a whole different event to plan: your wedding rehearsal.

While planning a wedding is exciting, it’s also time consuming and expensive. Planning your rehearsal dinner doesn’t have to be either of those things. With these tips, you can enjoy a memorable rehearsal dinner without breaking the bank.

  1. Keep the guest list small

    If you want an elegant rehearsal dinner but don’t want to go over budget, consider limiting the number of guests invited. Some traditionalists say all out of town guests are invited to the rehearsal dinner, which can add up fast! To keep it small, invite your wedding party and your closest family members. A way to include out of town guests is to have a meeting spot after the dinner for everyone to meet, such as a bar or hotel.
  2. Backyard Cookout

    If you’re getting married in the warmer months, consider a backyard rehearsal dinner at your in-laws’ or your parents’ house. This way, you won’t have to worry about renting a venue, you have full control of the cost of food and drinks and there is no rush to be in or out at a certain time.
    Food Ideas:
    • Barbeque: Include a hot dog and burger bar or serve ribs and sides. This is an easy option and gives you plenty of time to prepare. You could also set up backyard games like horseshoes or corn hole!
    • Potluck dinner: Ask everyone to bring a side dish. You’ll save money by having guests bring their favorite dishes, but make sure to provide something for your guests to show your appreciation such as drinks or desserts.
    • Cheap Catering: Many caterers offer inexpensive food options like tacos or burgers.

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  3. Picnic

    If you don’t have access to a backyard, think about local parks, lakes, beaches or community centers where you could set up a picnic! You might need to apply for a permit which is normally easy and cheap. Make it as fancy or casual as you wish!
    Food Ideas:
    • Keep it simple: Serve finger foods, mini desserts, tea and lemonade.
    • Pizza: Who doesn’t love pizza? To make it easy, order from your favorite pizza chain.
    • Food Truck: If you want to spend a little extra money consider renting a fun and unique food truck. Talk to the food truck owner about how much you want to spend and have them come up with custom meals or snacks that fit within your budget.
  4. Host a Brunch

    Rise and shine! Don’t feel restricted to an evening event. After all, breakfast foods are easier and cheaper to make than plated dinners. Host a laidback breakfast buffet or go out for a more formal environment. If you decide to host a brunch, rely on foods you can make before your guests arrive.
    Food Ideas:
    • Buffet: Set up your own buffet to make it easy on you and your guests. Maybe ever consider adding an omelet or waffle station.
    • Doughnut Wall: Get creative by displaying a colorful wall of doughnuts.
  5. Dinner at a fun (and cheap) restaurant

    If you decide to have a restaurant dinner, choose a budget friendly venue. Consider having the dinner on a weeknight instead of a weekend as some restaurants offer discounts during the weekdays. Choose a venue that offers a set menu family or buffet style. This way, you are able to control the menu and cost from the start.
    Food Ideas:
    • Italian: Many Italian restaurants offer make your own pasta stations.
    • Chinese: Serve large portions of your favorites with noodles and rice.
    • Mexican: Arrange a fajita buffet or a few large dishes of enchiladas, rice, and beans

The whole point of a wedding is to celebrate marrying the person you love, not about spending every penny you have. Want to extend your budgeting to your main day? Check out these tips to keep you from breaking the bank.

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