How to Host a Memorable Rehearsal Dinner


How to Host a Memorable Rehearsal Dinner

A rehearsal dinner is a way to show your wedding party how appreciative you are of their time and efforts. Wedding planning has been stressful, but now it’s time to sit back and enjoy your company. When hosting a rehearsal dinner, it should be a sort of prelude to the actual wedding, like a teaser. Keep reading to learn how to host one that is sure to leave your guests wanting more!


Choose an Intimate Venue

Typically rehearsal dinners are for a small crowd. Meaning you can get more creative with the venue. Try to find a location that is unique or intimate. Just make sure that it is within a decent distance from their overnight accommodations. No one likes a long drive home after a night out!


Invest in the Dinner

Remember, your rehearsal dinner is like a personal thank you note to each member of your wedding party. Plan out a nicer menu than you normally would and really treat your guests. Usually the food would tie into your wedding menu somehow, but feel free to stray from this tradition. 


Personalize the Space

Depending on the venue, you may be able to decorate. If so, try to make the decor personal and relevant to the people in attendance. Since the wedding party often includes family and close friends, consider creating a small picture wall. Or, use pictures of you and each guest to dictate place settings.


Have a Toast or Two

Your rehearsal dinner is a great opportunity to allow more people to speak than you plan to at your wedding. Let’s face it, you just don’t want 10 people lined up to talk as people wait for you to cut the cake. Plan it now and keep the floor open for as long as you like. You’ll get to hear some great stories, without risking any awkward moments in front of a larger crowd.


Serve the Groom’s Cake

If you want to serve a groom’s cake but don’t feel that it fits on the day-of itinerary, squeeze it into the rehearsal dinner. This will save you some money, versus buying individual desserts. Not to mention your groom will love the dedicated moment!


End the Night Early

Unlike your wedding, the rehearsal dinner should end promptly. Let’s say 9 p.m., at the latest! Getting your guests to bed at a decent time will ensure that everyone gets their beauty rest. It will also mean that they are more likely to be on time and fully prepared for tomorrow’s nuptials.


Give Your Guests a Ride

It can be such a hassle to guests to have to drive themselves home – or find a ride if they have had a couple drinks. Plan ahead and secure transportation for your guests. Whether it be a limo, a shuttle, or even an extra large uber. Everyone will appreciate the thought, and the fact that they can fully enjoy themselves.


At Pine Lake Ranch we are glad to assist you in hosting a memorable rehearsal. Start out at our venue, to ensure everyone in your party is prepared and confident in their roles and has a basic knowledge of our venue. When you book with us, our team is also glad to offer suggestions for your rehearsal dinner location. Contact us today to inquire about availability, or to book a tour.