Gone are the days when stuffy sit down rehearsal dinner was the only way to show gratitude to the wedding party for their time and support. Today, more and more couples are getting revved up with the idea of fun, casual and super social get together. Thankfully, there are plenty of alternative options and each of them is sure to please everyone present.
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Casual Backyard Barbecue
Throwing an informal backyard barbecue is a great way to hang out and let everyone get to know each other. Especially if your wedding is super formal, an open, laid back rehearsal dinner is a way to relax and have fun. So, fire up the grill, include some fun activities, and keep things simple and relaxed. Hanging lanterns, wildflower centerpieces, and candles will help to add ambiance to the event. Make the get together more memorable with a photo slideshow featuring childhood pictures of the happy couple.
Desserts-Only Rehearsal Dinner
Ok, we agree this might be a little tough if you are on a strict pre-wedding diet, but otherwise, desserts-only rehearsal dinner is a sweet way to thank your wedding party. Arrange the dinner at a local dessert bar or plan it at your home with a variety of chocolates, pastries, candies, and tarts. Make sure to include a few non-sweet items too, such as mini sandwiches or fruits. Give your guests a take home version of one of the items as rehearsal dinner favors.
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Let the conversation start by throwing a wine or beer tasting rehearsal dinner party. Host the event at your home by selecting six to eight different wines of all the same grape varietal or go on tour of a brewery or winery. If you plan to do it yourself, start by presenting different wines with the cheeses they complement. Alternatively, you can hire a local vintner to run the show. For décor, use red and green grapes, berries and vines for stunning results.
Destination Themed Rehearsal Dinner
How about transforming your rehearsal dinner into your honeymoon destination? Whether you are heading to Europe, Hawaii, or USA, a destination inspired rehearsal dinner is a great way to give your guests a sneak peek into your destination. But make sure not to overdo it. Just infuse the night with some flavor. For instance, if you traveling to Hawaii, instead of throwing a luau themed party, focus on serving coconut lime, pineapple drops, shrimp skewers and more.
Incorporate one of these fun ideas to your rehearsal dinner and give your wedding weekend a joyful start. If you have more fun, non-traditional ideas to share, let us know through comments.