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Who paid for your rehearsal dinner?

Joey, on June 11, 2018 at 07:59 Posted in Before the wedding 0 29
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One of the earliest and biggest conundrums you'll encounter when you’re planning a wedding is figuring out who pays for what. There are lots of different ways to divvy things up, so share your own perspective!

Are you having a rehearsal dinner? Who is hosting and paying for it?

Who paid for your rehearsal dinner? 1

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Latest activity by Julie, on January 13, 2019 at 19:04
  • Julie
    Expert March 2019 Ontario
    Julie ·
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    My Future In Laws are hosting our Rehearsal dinner.
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  • Emily
    Devoted February 2020 Ontario
    Emily ·
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    My FH mother is going to pay for the rehearsal dinner.

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  • Kaisha
    Super March 2019 Nova Scotia
    Kaisha ·
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    We plan on doing a bbq at our house so we will pay.

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  • Megann
    Frequent user September 2018 New Brunswick
    Megann ·
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    We’re having a family bbq, so my FH and I are footed the very inexpensive bill Smiley smile
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  • Tatiana
    Expert April 2018 Ontario
    Tatiana ·
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    We had our rehearsal at the venue and then hosted dinner at local Keg after, bt only wedding party and parents.

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  • Kali
    Beginner July 2018 Ontario
    Kali ·
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    We are having a rehearsal dinner at the local Moxie's the night before our wedding. We will all be paying for our meals individually (only parents and wedding party attending). My fiance and I have talked about contributing to each person's bills though (i.e. paying 5-10 bucks off each bill). We figured it makes more sense for people to pay for what they want if anything, as some may just want to have a drink or two, instead of spending hundreds of dollars on a huge catered dinner at our venue or elsewhere. Unfortunately we are paying for our wedding out of our own pockets, we do not come from families with good financial backgrounds. It's mostly to just get everyone together before the big day and to hand out our parents, groomsmen and bridesmaids gifts!

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  • Michelle
    Super September 2018 Alberta
    Michelle ·
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    I wanna skip it but FH wants to do it so it will be him I'm sure of we'll go 50/50.

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  • Kaye
    Frequent user September 2018 Ontario
    Kaye ·
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    We dont have the money for this, and nobody has offered to pay

    . So what to do?...
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  • Valérie
    VIP September 2019 Quebec
    Valérie ·
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    Still on the fence about having a rehearsal dinner. If we do, it'll be a BBQ at my parents' house probably.

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  • Vinod
    Featured August 2017 Ontario
    Vinod ·
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    No rehearsal, yet welcome dinner paid by my dad. It was family and wedding party only.
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  • Jessie
    Expert September 2018 Ontario
    Jessie ·
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    My FH's parents said they want to cover the rehearsal dinner for us. Smiley smile

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  • Erin
    Master September 2017 Ontario
    Erin ·
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    My mum and uncle hosted and paid for our rehearsal dinner.

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  • Alexandra
    VIP November 2019 British Columbia
    Alexandra ·
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    Unsure if we’re having one yet or not!
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  • Marcia
    Super August 2018 Manitoba
    Marcia ·
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    We are paying and having a pizza party for our rehearsal dinner!

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  • Bianca
    Master August 2019 Ontario
    Bianca ·
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    I have no idea about this one yet lol.

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  • Stephanie
    Master July 2018 Alberta
    Stephanie ·
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    We are. Although I won gift certificates to the company we are using so I guess they are paying for part of it!
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  • Holly
    VIP June 2019 Ontario
    Holly ·
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    We will be paying for this. Nothing crazy or fancy. Will be ordering food to my future inlaws place after we go to the venue to walk through th ceremony.
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  • Courtney
    Super July 2018 Ontario
    Courtney ·
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    We're paying for this. However, we're keeping it low key at just doing a backyard bbq.

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  • Holly
    Frequent user November 2019 Ontario
    Holly ·
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    Our venue does our rehearsal a week before on the Friday. Would it be acceptable to have it at a restaurant? I would love to just have a bbq after at my FMIL but I don't want to ask.


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  • Brittany
    British Columbia
    Brittany ·
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    We have to do a major adjustment for this. We are paying an additional $150 for our rehearsal at our venue the day before, but we have 21 people with just parents, bridal party and bride/groom (no plus ones, no other siblings, etc)....

    So we don't have the budget for a rehearsal dinner, but we will invite the group to go out for dinner after the rehearsal, and everyone will cover themselves.

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  • Allison
    Master October 2019 Ontario
    Allison ·
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    FH's dad will be paying for the food and maybe a small cash bar.

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  • Breanne
    Expert August 2018 Ontario
    Breanne ·
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    We've paid for the majority of the wedding ourselves but FFIL and his wife have graciously offered to host our rehearsal dinner at their extremely exclusive country club. We're even sending out formal invitations for it. I think it will be fancier than our wedding but we're thankful to have them offer to take care of it for us. Side note: the food there is so delicious I'm slightly nervous about fitting in my dress the next day lol.

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  • Clarissa
    Expert October 2018 Saskatchewan
    Clarissa ·
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    We haven’t actually discussed this yet. I’m assuming we will be as both parents have already given us checks to help pay for the wedding and are letting us spend it how we want so I’m not expecting them to go and pay for another portion on top of that.
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  • Jessica
    Super March 2018 Ontario
    Jessica ·
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    We had a local restaurant all prepped and ready to go for our rehearsal dinner (paid for by us), but then my MIL called and was upset she wasn't hosting it. She said it was "tradition", but she never informed us and we are by no means expecting anyone to pay for anything. We, of course, accepted her offer, and cancelled our reservations at the restaurant and had it at her house. It was intimate and lovely!

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  • Stefanie
    Frequent user October 2019 Ontario
    Stefanie ·
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    The rehearsal dinner will be likely covered by my and my FH

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  • Sara
    Devoted October 2018 Ontario
    Sara ·
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    I don't know if we're having one, but if we are - I assume it will be us paying for it.

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  • Leah
    VIP April 2019 British Columbia
    Leah ·
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    My FH sand I are paying for everything.
    For us, anything else is a bonus and unexpected.
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  • Tori
    Top October 2019 Manitoba
    Tori ·
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    We will probably have a BBQ at our venue the night before and just ask that maybe people bring a salad and BYOB.

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  • Andie
    Expert May 2019 Ontario
    Andie ·
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    We will most likely be having a small rehearsal dinner and we will be paying for it
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