The rehearsal dinner is a time for the closest guests to kind of take stock of all their preparations up to that point. They’re able to get the big picture, and after a few drinks, give toasts, speeches, and acknowledgements. No one should be excluded from the big night. Even out-of-town guests will take part in the wedding rehearsal so they should be included in the rehearsal dinner. However, if budget is an issue, then only a few friends will be invited to the special rehearsal dinner. These small, intimate occasions are usually at someone’s house and not at a festive banquet hall. All cultures have different practices regarding the celebratory dinners of the night before.
Do I have to host a rehearsal dinner? It’s not a mandatory event, but there are few hindrances to doing so effectively. You have to eat on the night before the wedding so it’s advantageous to eat with friends anyway.
The restaurant made sure there were plenty of h’ordeurves constantly offered throughout the hour. Our kids wanted a casual affair. They did not want a huge 6 course dinner that could be competing with their reception. We did a Pizza and Pasta menu that was just wonderful. A bit out of the ordinary and nothing that was on their usual party menu, but our venue was happy to do whatever we wanted. I had made table decorations and floral centerpieces which were delivered earlier in the day. I had left specific instructions on how I wanted these arranged on the tables. No problem for our attentive contact; he followed my instructions and we were thrilled with how lovely everything looked when we arrived at the restaurant. It is the attention to detail, the level of cooperation and responsiveness that underscores a terrific venue partner for your dinner.
Planning a rehearsal dinner should be fun and exciting. Here are some rehearsal dinner ideas that can lessen your stress and allow you to embrace and enjoy every minute of the planning process. Having just hosted our first rehearsal dinner, I can share some good advice to help put together a wonderful celebration. Before you start your plans, talk to your couple and ask what type of dinner they would like.
I don’t mean just the menu, but the whole event. Some couples may want a formal multi-course meal with a large guest list; others may want a quiet and cozier celebration. By talking with them, you can see if what they want is what you can afford and adapt accordingly. Even though it may be your party to plan, it is after all their celebration. So work together with the kids and with some careful planning you can host the dinner of their dreams.