Tips To Help Bring Your Rehearsal Dinner Plans Together…..
Twas the Night Before the Wedding…
And all through the town, not a task was left to do, just some hair to let down. Dresses and suits hung from doorways with care, and flowers lie safe among the cool air. Visions of sugar and frosting danced through the baker’s head while the planner counted endless details from their bed.
As your wedding day details fall into place you can’t ask for more than a storybook start to the festivities. Whether you are hosting an intimate dinner, a backyard BBQ or a welcome cocktail reception we have a few tips to bring your rehearsal dinner plans together.
1). Timing: The first place you will want to contact is your ceremony venue to see if they can provide you with a rehearsal time. Your wedding venue may not be able to accommodate your ideal timing so try to stay a bit flexible with your initial plans.
2). Guest List: Choosing a guest list for the dinner is a common challenge among all couples. As large welcome parties continue to be a trend don’t be afraid to keep your rehearsal dinner to a small circle of family and friends. Select a list that balances the wishes of your host, budget and comfort level.
3). Finding a Venue: Once your timeline is set you should seek out a space that reflects your style and personalities. There is a sense of comfort that comes with a classic restaurant rehearsal dinner but galleries, breweries and unique outdoor spaces can also provide a memorable space for your gathering.
4).Selecting a Menu: Each couple will know the type of dinner that will best suit their crowd. Seated multi – course meals, interactive stations and cocktail receptions are a few options to consider. You may want to feature an ethnic dish or bakery that is special to your family.
Offer a signature cocktail or mocktail that includes your favorite flavors – or select local wines and beer to feature at the bar. Guests will appreciate your attention to detail as they visit with new and old friends.
5). Invites: Rehearsal dinner invites can be fun and casual but they should also serve as a guide for guests traveling to the area. Inform guests of suggested attire and whether you are hosting a dinner or cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. It is also helpful to provide local parking, transportation and entertainment options, and this information can be added to a wedding web site with a link included on the invite.
6). Decor: Depending on the venue that you select, the character of the space may be able to stand alone without too much decor. Candles and simple floral pieces can add an elegant touch.
If possible try to avoid assigning setup responsibility to your family and friends on the night before your wedding so they can enjoy the festivities. Our team at Creative Transformations is here to handle your rehearsal dinner details so you and your dearest can gather, cheers and celebrate.