Planning a wedding requires a lot of hard work. It seems like the number of things on the wedding to-do list is endless, and it tends to get bigger as you go. Planning the rehearsal dinner might just seem like another box to check off the list. However, planning a unique rehearsal dinner is well worth the time and effort spent! Since it is the last chance that the bride and groom have to relax with their closest loved ones before the main event. To help you with planning a unique rehearsal dinner, we have prepared a list of tips and tricks you need to know.
Hire a Local Band
You can set the mood for the night by enjoying some local music. The choice is completely yours: it can be a mariachi band, Spanish guitar players, or a bluegrass group. Your guests will appreciate the entertainment as they mix and mingle with strangers (and maybe even meet some new friends).
Go for a Picnic-Style Setup
The night after the rehearsal dinner is going to be very much fancy, which is why you can make the rehearsal dinner homey and laid-back. Picnic tables and natural linens do the trick. Of course, elevate this look with next-level flowers to make it more rehearsal-dinner-appropriate.
Set Up a Fire Pit
Give your guests something to talk about (and around) with a fire pit. You can even provide s’mores at the end of the night, to channel your inner kid before the big formal event. They will make for some fond memories as well.
Make a Photo Montage
Many couples do some kind of slideshow at the rehearsal dinner that starts with their baby photos and celebrates their relationship to date. You can take this idea make it a pretty design focal point. Everyone will love browsing the photos, asking you about certain moments and enjoying your stories.
Make It a Game Night
There is always a lull at the beginning of the reception dinner when the bridal party is actually rehearsing and the plus-ones and assorted family members are just sitting around. Why not give them something to do with their idyll time? Classic games like Jenga or lawn competitions like cornhole are a great way for guests to let loose and can even serve as low-key icebreakers.