Originally Posted by Emily11386
I was wondering how many people are doing a rehearsal dinner or welcome dinner. Our wedding is on a Fri and we have quite a few guests coming in on Thurs., so a welcome dinner probably isn't an option for us, but a rehearsal dinner is. We got some quotes for outside restaurants but most were pretty pricey. Our resort is all inclusive. They offer a "semi private" dinner for $15pp, but we just found out it is for 30 people or less, and we have more. The private dinner is nice and can be on the beach, but the menu choices are the same as the menu choices for the wedding, which we already picked the 2 we like from that list for the wedding. There really aren't any other options on it that stick out to us. The other option we have is to do a buffet which looks great, but it is a min of 50 guests, which means we would have to pay for 50 guests @$40pp, bringing us to about $2,000. Do you think it's crazy to spend $2,000 on dinner at an all inclusive resort? FI kind of does, but will go along with whatever I want to do. Our only other option would be to just do a cocktail reception which would be $15pp. Just interested in getting some other opinions!
We are doing a casual welcome party by the pool so people can come by and say hi and go back to their rooms or go to dinner after. Kind of like a Happy Hour. We are not staying at an AI and my wedding is on a Friday too. Most of the guests are arriving on the Wednesday. We plan to do a very casual thing with a few party trays of finger foods and people can get their own drinks at the pool bar of our hotel. We are already doing a full dinner and open bar for the wedding so we don't want to go crazy with a welcome dinner/rehearsal dinner. Actually, we don't have a wedding party really, just have a MOH and BM.