The evolution of the wedding rehearsal dinner dates back about as far as the first wedding celebration. However, the actual practice of the ceremony rehearsal didn’t come until much later. These dinners started as a convenience as important family and friends arrived into town the day before the big event, and all of these people needed to be fed. Over time, the meal became a party, and then somewhere along the line, the idea of preparing for the big day to come was added to the mix.
This all said, today’s rehearsal dinners, also known as groom’s dinners, based on the tradition that the groom’s parents pay for the meal, are big to-dos of their own. It isn’t uncommon for these dinners to feed 30, 50, and sometimes even 100 people. Brides and grooms shouldn’t feel pressured to make this such an event, however, as the rehearsal dinner is truly intended to be a more intimate and casual event. And, when wedding planning has gone smoothly, the rehearsal dinner should be one of celebration, knowing that everything is ready to go and that the next day will go off without a hitch.
Tips to creating an easy and enjoyable rehearsal dinner experience
If you are ready to plan your rehearsal dinner, consider these suggestions.
- Limit your guests to those that have a role in the ceremony. This means that you should include the happy couple, parents of the couple, the wedding attendants and party, the officiant, any readers, and anyone else playing a significant role in the big day.
- Think about the meal experience that will work best for the evening (or afternoon if your rehearsal party will take place during the day). “With your rehearsal dinner, family style and plated meal services provided the best opportunity for guests to maintain their friendly conversations at the dinner table,” said Chaz Tichy, director of event operations at A’BriTin Catering & Hospitality. “A meal is all about breaking bread together, and for a rehearsal dinner in particular, families are often coming together for the first time and will appreciate that uninterrupted opportunity to get to know one another better.”
- If your ceremony and reception will be taking place at the same venue, consider asking if the venue will allow you to have your rehearsal dinner there the evening before your wedding. Though in some cases this might not be possible as the venue may be hosting a ceremony and reception for another couple, it is worth asking the question. “In our experience, couples and their families enjoy the opportunity to have their rehearsal dinner at the same place where the wedding will take place the next day. It makes everyone more comfortable and familiar with the space, which helps ensure that the next day will go as smoothly as possible,” said Katie Garner, general manager for A’BriTin Catering & Hospitality.
- Consider a seating chart for your guests. As mentioned previously, the rehearsal dinner is often the first time that the two families can spend any quality time together. By strategically placing certain guests together, you can help alleviate potential discomfort from attendees who might not be sure where to sit.
- Don’t forget the beverages. The rehearsal dinner provides a great opportunity for guests to relax and celebrate all at the same time. And of course, adult beverages can help create the environment for guests to do just that. From craft beers to hard seltzers and the important toast to the bride and groom, be sure to select a bartending service that shares your values and will help you achieve the right experience for your event.
A’BriTin Catering & Hospitality will help you create a rehearsal dinner to remember
A’BriTin Catering & Hospitality is the premiere catering provider for Minnesota businesses and residents looking to celebrate their most important occasions. Our mission is to listen to our clients and treat them like family to provide a meaningful, trusting, and lasting relationship.
We have the right brand for any rehearsal dinner catering need and bring experience in all types and sizes of events. Whether it be buffet style, a formal sit-down dinner, or a series of stimulating and tantalizing food stations, you and the guests at your rehearsal dinner will be amazed by the core values, colorful food arrangement and display, and professionalism of A’BriTin Catering & Hospitality from beginning to end. Our ultimate goal is to complement your rehearsal dinner with a meal and service that will be remembered for a lifetime.
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