I’ll be the first one to admit it: planning a wedding can be really stressful! You have so many things you need to account for: the venue, the caterer, your rental table linen and so many other things. As you’re planning the big day, you may forget about the rehearsal dinner! While rehearsal dinners aren’t required for weddings, many brides choose to have them to go over any final plans and relax before the actual event. To keep your rehearsal dinner as simplified as possible, check my list of ideas.
Things to Consider:
- The Location: Throughout your whole party planning, keep in mind that the rehearsal dinner doesn’t have to mirror the theme of the big day itself! Just because you decided to host your wedding at a luxury hotel or rental hall doesn’t mean your rehearsal dinner has to match. You can take advantage of the exotic location for a destination wedding, or you can have a super intimate gathering at your home.
- The Menu: For a rehearsal dinner, your menu can be as simple or as fancy as you want! I’ve seen brides serve up five-course meals while others prefer to have pizzas from their favorite restaurant. You can also offer drinks if you’d like, but don’t feel pressured to serve anything overly complicated. Your guests will enjoy simple cocktails, beers or wine. Whichever menu and drink options you choose, make sure to incorporate some rental table linen and runners for your table designs—these will make any meal seem extra special!
- The Guest List: Rehearsal dinner guest lists are usually reserved to just the wedding party and immediate family. However, some couples opt to invite more people. For example, if you have a lot of guests that came in from out of town, feel free to ask them to come to the rehearsal dinner as well so they can celebrate as much as possible. However, don’t feel limited by any specific guidelines—when it comes to your wedding, you don’t have to abide by any hard and fast rules!
- The Rental Table Linen: Your rehearsal dinner is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the transforming power of rental linen. If you’re hosting the dinner indoors, try neutral table cloths and sequin runners. For an outdoor event, you can choose elegant rental table linen that’s still relatively low key. Here, think rich jewel tones mixed with neutrals, like eggplant and beige.
What ideas do you have for a rehearsal dinner? Let me know by leaving a comment below!