Your rehearsal dinner is a great opportunity to bring your friends and family together for your special occasion. Integrating the friends and family of the bride and groom should be a fun experience where new friendships are readily able to blossom. Here are some tips to help you make the most out of your rehearsal dinner.
Sending out invitations for your rehearsal dinner is a great way to allow people to prepare for the event. The invitations shouldn’t be as formal as your wedding invitations, but should allow guests to know when and where the dinner is as well as what to expect as far as attire is concerned. Make sure you include directions to the location and state whether or not there will be transportation.
Pick a theme that incorporates both the bride and the groom’s personality. Having a theme may seem like a chore, but in actuality it will help you determine the food and the location easier than if you don’t have a theme. If you want to really impress your guests, have a backyard picnic or a buffet on a boat. These unique ideas will be unlike any rehearsal dinner your guests have attended in the past.
Everyone who is involved in your wedding should be invited to your rehearsal dinner. Dates of adults and grandparents of both parties should also be invited. Make sure you are thorough in your invitations as not to risk leaving anyone out and possible hurting their feelings.
Don’t be afraid to go the traditional route and have a formal sit down dinner. You can rarely go wrong with tradition and it’s a nice way to make your guests comfortable as they have probably been through a similar experience. Most restaurants have private rooms that are available for you to rent for your rehearsal dinner.
Have an informal meet and greet before the dinner so that people can get to know one another ahead of time. Try and seat like-minded individuals near one another so that they will have things to talk about over dinner. One of the most exciting parts of a wedding is the opportunity to forge new friendships.
Also, it’s important not to serve the same food as you’ll be having at your wedding. Make sure that you have a variety to offer your guests. For instance, if you are serving American food at your wedding, try for Italian or French food at the rehearsal dinner. Creating an unforgettable environment for your guests will give them something to look back on fondly for the rest of their lives. Creating great memories if one of the best parts of having a wedding and a rehearsal dinner.