The Man Registry on Keeping the Rehearsal Dinner Budget Under Control

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Is the ‘ol wallet feeling a little light lately?

Only playing 9 holes instead of 18?

Not ordering that 2nd drink at dinner?

It’s no secret that we’re living in a horrible economy. If you happen to be unlucky enough to be planning a wedding right now – you’re probably feeling the hurt a little more than the rest of us. With that being said, most couples say that they’re more likely to trim down the big day budget rather than postpone the wedding altogether.

As the groom, one of your biggest financial responsibilities is planning the rehearsal dinner. While this event is not as extravagant as the reception, it can still prove to be very costly. Here are a few quick tips on keeping the budget under control and keeping a few extra bucks in your pocket.

Limit The Invites
Traditionally, the rehearsal dinner guest list includes immediate family as well as all members of the wedding party. It’s always a nice gesture to include guests who have traveled in from afar. But to put it bluntly, those are just more mouths to feed. If you’re on a tight budget, keep the guest list limited to those in the wedding and immediate family.

Hold the Rehearsal Dinner at a Park or Home
You don’t have to hold this event at a fancy dining hall and get an expensive caterer to make it great. Even in a normal economy, some couples choose to make the rehearsal dinner very low key by doing a BBQ or getting the event catered at home. In fact, many guests will prefer this as its one less event they have to get formally dressed up for.

No Liquor
Wow, I can’t believe those words just came out of my mouth. But, truth be told, bar tabs rack up fast and doing a liquor free event can really keep costs down. Now, be prepared that this may not sit well with some relatives or your beer-loving Best Man. A great way to counter that is by encouraging everyone to meet up at a bar afterwards to visit and have some drinks (on their own dime).

What other ideas do the reads of have for keeping the rehearsal dinner affordable? We’d love to hear them.

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