As the big day gets closer and closer, there are still a few loose ends to tie up and of course, the rehearsal dinner to plan and execute. Within the last decade, rehearsal dinners have become more and more of a staple for the overall wedding experience and have also taken on a whole ‘personality’ of their own.
It’s with these facts in mind that our Day Interpreting blog decided to give you some useful tips for hosting the perfect rehearsal dinner with ease. So, keep reading to get some tips and tricks of the trade.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s look at what a rehearsal dinner really is, just in case you’re not sure.
What’s a Rehearsal Dinner?
By definition, a rehearsal dinner is a planned event that is usually scheduled to take place after the wedding ceremony rehearsal and before the wedding. It is customary for invitees to come from both families, those who are part of the wedding party and other close friends.
These days, a rehearsal dinner can be a formal occasion or take place in a more relaxed and casual setting. It can be a grand event or something small and simple. It all depends on what the couple wants.
Now that we know what a rehearsal dinner is and why one is held, it’s now time to get into some tips and tricks for hosting the perfect one for you.
1. Choose a Host
In the past, the groom’s family would usually host the rehearsal dinner. Today, however, it all depends on what is agreed upon by the couple. It can be their family who hosts, their friends, or maybe even the bridal party. As long as the couple is happy and everyone will have a good time, it can work either way.
2. Make a Guest List
Who are some of the people you want to be at your rehearsal dinner? Remember that there’s no need to have an exorbitant or exhaustive list of people. A few close friends, some family, and the wedding party should be just fine.
You can also think of how you’re going to officially invite these guests. You can go the traditional route and send out printed/ official invitations to each guest and have them RSVP. However, given the day and age that we live in, an electronic invitation does just fine or even a phone call or a quick text message or email.
You could also consider including the invitation to the rehearsal dinner with the official wedding invitations so that everyone can calendar it and come prepared.
3. Pick a Great Theme
Why not spice things up and have a themed rehearsal dinner? You as well as your guests may very well find that this makes things more interesting. You could consider fusing the cultures of you and your partners together or even pick a theme based on the location of the wedding. Whatever you choose, a themed rehearsal dinner makes it even more fun and enjoyable.
4. Do it at a Spectacular Location
The location of the event makes a huge difference. Choosing a location that is of significance is a great place to start. You may choose somewhere that has a sentimental value such as a family location and has an intimate and cozy set up or depending on what you like, if your wedding is at a hotel, you could choose a great spot on the grounds and host the dinner there.
5. Create an Inclusive Menu
The main feature of the rehearsal dinner is of course the food. Having a great and inclusive menu is an absolute must. After being sure about the location and who your guests are, the next thing to do is assess any dietary restrictions anyone in attendance may have and work from there.
You can also consider planning your menu around the theme of the rehearsal dinner and be open to incorporating anything that is of cultural or sentimental value as well.
6. Get an Awesome Interpreter
When all your guests are thought of for your event it makes a significant difference. That said, the reality that not everyone may speak the same language is not far-fetched. This is where having a professional interpreter comes in. No one needs to be left out of the loop, especially on such an occasion.
That’s a Wrap!
Your wedding day isn’t the only big hoorah that you have to look forward to and that’s something that is great to know. Of course, don’t forget to do all your follow-ups and tie up any loose ends that may exist. We only want you to have an extraordinary rehearsal dinner.
Kayan is a multi-talented writer based in the beautiful island of Jamaica. Her strong point is ideation and she loves to take on new challenges.