Planning a wedding can be exhausting with so many plans to make, people to call and deadlines to meet. Amidst the hustle and bustle of wedding preparations, it is important to stop and remember the reason for the occasion – the marriage. Weddings are not only a celebration for the couple, but for the family and friends of the bride and groom. Rehearsal dinners are a great opportunity for the bride, groom and everyone who helped plan the wedding to relax and enjoy each other’s company in a calm environment.
Taking your wedding rehearsal dinner to new heights will allow you and your guests to have a wonderful time together before the wedding ceremony begins. Once the wedding ceremony begins, everything will be rather hectic! Making your wedding rehearsal dinner special and something beyond the traditional dinner will also have you and your guests thinking about it many years to come. So, why not dance, party, have fun, do what you want to do and relax before your big day?
Make it personal
Although weddings may seem like family reunions, remember that it is your wedding. Redirect the focus to you and your spouse by sharing your love story with your family and friends. Share an embarrassing experience or an ever so cheesy moment during courtship. Additionally, you could ask your guests prior to the wedding rehearsal dinner to prepare speeches or sincere toasts about you and your future spouse. Getting your guests to be part of the dinner entertainment is also fun! Performances of hidden talents would also allow everyone to get to know each other better.
Have fun and play some games
Some games such as karaoke or murder mysteries could also break the ice between your guests who may not know each other that well. This certainly saves you and your guests from awkward situations during the wedding ceremony itself as everyone is well acquainted.
Do something extra for the groom
Why not do something a little extra for the man in your life? You could dedicate the dinner to your future husband by putting all attention on him. You could sing him a song or dedicate a cake that is decorated with her favorite baseball team colors and logo. A simple gesture would be a romantic surprise.
Bond with the in-laws
The rehearsal dinner can be a great opportunity to bond with your spouse’s parents and relatives. This would make them feel comfortable and make them feel included. Getting them to know you better is always a plus especially before the wedding ceremony. When your guests are comfortable, at ease and are having fun, you will too.
Have a gastronomic adventure
If you are not on a tight budget, having a smaller guest list for the rehearsal dinner might allow you to afford a more refined, classy dinner menu. Splurge on the all important rehearsal dinner as it is your chance to enjoy the evening with your close family and friends. So, why not make a reservation at the fancy restaurant that you have always wanted to visit?
Arrive in style
Hiring a vehicle to transport your family and friends from the hotel to the rehearsal dinner location is one way to start the party on the right foot. In this way, your guests will feel taken care of. Ladies will be able to wear their high heels without worrying about walking long distances to the dinner. Also, your guests would not have to worry about transport back to the hotel after drinking at the party. If you really want to be extra fancy, hire your husband’s favorite car to chauffeur you both to the wedding rehearsal dinner.
With these tips, you will be on your way to having a fancy rehearsal dinner that will leave you and your guests happy and ready for the wedding ceremony.