Because we plan so many rehearsal dinners at Club 1201, we thought we’d give you a few pointers on planning yours. Rehearsal dinners have evolved into full-blown extravaganzas, but you don’t need the stress. Our event coordinator, Arianne Jones, broke the process down into 5 simple steps.
Pick the Perfect Spot
Location makes a difference, giving your celebration a different feel. Wineries, breweries, and distilleries (like these) usually host private parties. If you both are sports fans, stadiums usually rent out suites for occasions. Restaurants with private suites, like Club 1201, are a popular choice amongst most couples. These restaurants usually have an event coordinator that can work with you on every aspect of the dinner (from the menu to the beverages and decorations)—they usually have a catering service too, if you’d rather have the dinner somewhere else.
Create the Guest List
The guest list typically includes close family members and anyone participating in the wedding ceremony (including the officiant), plus their spouses or dates. You might consider inviting any out-of-town guests to the festivities.
Create the Menu
Your event coordinator will work with you to create a menu. Depending on the time of your wedding rehearsal, some couples decide to plan rehearsal brunch, allowing their guests a day in between the rehearsal and ceremony to relax. Each course might be paired with a wine, beer or cocktail. But if you end up with a long list of people to include, you can keep costs down by serving only cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
Choose the Attire
Currently, the trend is keeping the rehearsal dinner a little more low-key and relaxed, helping to loosen up guests who are meeting for the first time and taking a pressure off the couple. The dress code should probably come down a notch two from the wedding attire.