Your wedding rehearsal dinner is the perfect opportunity to kick-off your wedding celebrations in style. The wedding rehearsal dinner is traditionally hosted by the groom’s parents the night before the wedding ceremony takes place and it’s your chance to celebrate with close family and friends. While planning another event may seem like added stress, sit back and relax, as this dinner can be as informal or as extravagant as you like.
With only 24 hours until you wed your loved one, there’s only one thing you need to worry about – enjoying the party!! Whether you intend on having a formal affair or a pre-nuptial party to give your guests something to remember, here are some great ideas on how to plan the perfect wedding rehearsal dinner.
While tradition states that the groom’s parents should host the wedding rehearsal dinner, you may decide to opt otherwise. If both sets of parents are paying for the wedding, you may decide to host the dinner yourself. Alternatively, you may prefer the bride’s parents to host the dinner. Anything goes so it really comes down to personal preference.
If you prefer a more formal setting, either to complement your wedding theme or because you want to enjoy the finer things in life, a formal dinner is a great excuse to get dressed up. If you’re inviting several guests, assigned tables work well. You can provide ice-breaker tasks to allow your guests to get to know each other better. You could give out fortune cookies, hold a mini quiz or play a game of charades to add a fun aspect to your dinner.
A themed wedding rehearsal dinner can easily tie in with your overall wedding plans. If you’re planning a fun dinner, why not incorporate your cultural background into the festivities. For instance, if you have Spanish heritage you could plan tapas, paella and flamenco dancing. You could also take the setting into account – if your wedding is at a vineyard, why not host a wine and cheese tasting dinner.
A few more themes to consider include;
If you want to host a dinner with a twist, consider choosing a unique location. You might want to think about using a local park, bowling alley or restaurant – eateries are a popular idea as you can relax knowing that the staff is taking care of all the hard work.
If you’re on a tight budget, a beach or pretty yard is the perfect choice for your celebration. If the weather permits, an outdoor venue gives your guests the opportunity to unwind and mingle. You don’t need expensive decorations either. Simple DIY décor can enhance the ambiance of your dinner.
Enlighten your guests with the story behind your chosen location. Perhaps its where you and your loved one first met, the location where you had your first date, or where you got engaged.
The guest list of any dinner is important. The wedding rehearsal dinner guest list normally includes close family members, loved ones and those participating in the wedding ceremony as well as their partners. You should also consider inviting guests who are traveling from out of town. If you have a long guest list, you can cut down on costs by hosting a simple affair, such as drinks and canapes rather than a sit-down dinner.
What’s one of the most important details at your wedding rehearsal dinner? The food!! What you decide to serve up will ultimately depend on your location and theme. The easy option is to host your dinner at an amazing restaurant.
Hosting your dinner elsewhere? Consider some hometown dishes with pizza, burgers, lobster or seafood. Alternatively, infuse an international touch with Greek, Chinese or Indian dishes. Just remember to cater for varying dietary requirements.
For drinks, it’s never too early to break out the champagne! Cocktails, beer, and mixers are also popular beverages. Include a few mocktails or soda water for guests who are abstaining from alcohol.
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