Couples can save money on rehearsal dinners by limiting the guest list, hosting at home or skipping an entire meal in favor of a dessert bar or appetizers. Alternatives to traditional meals at restaurants save a significant amount of money.
A large guest list at the rehearsal dinner increases the costs because it requires more meals and drinks. Inviting only the people who need to attend the rehearsal helps keep the budget under control. Other friends can join up with the group after the dinner for drinks or entertainment at their own expense.
A rehearsal dinner at home saves money by allowing the couple to make the food or choose an inexpensive caterer. Family members are often willing to pitch in to cook a meal or grill food for a rehearsal dinner cookout. Another option is to purchase deli trays and salads from a local grocery store for an inexpensive meal. The church or ceremony venue may allow the couple to use the space for a catered meal after the rehearsal if a home dinner is not an option.
Timing the rehearsal to fall outside of a meal time allows the couple to host an alternative reception for participants. If the reception is late in the evening, the couple might host a dessert bar. For an afternoon rehearsal, an afternoon tea with light snacks is an option.