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Tips For Planning A Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

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How to Plan a Memorable Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

With all of the stress involved in planning your wedding, the wedding rehearsal dinner is a time for you to relax and have fun with your family and friends before the big day.  But for a lot of couples, the planning a wedding rehearsal dinner can be more of a flop than a fun time.  Whether you plan something trendy or traditional, you can add some unique touches to your wedding rehearsal dinner.

The first thing you should do is consider a theme for your wedding rehearsal dinner. 

The element of a theme lets you and your fiancé reflect your personalities and lifestyle, and of course.  Plus a theme adds some fun to your rehearsal dinner and that makes it nicer for everyone in attendance.  Read on to find some unique variations on themes for rehearsal dinners.

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Ideas: Backyard Barbeque

A wonderful option for a rehearsal dinner is to do a barbeque. A true barbeque is set outdoors, so you'd want to do it in a backyard or a local park.  Hire a company to set up picnic tables or plastic tables with gingham tablecloths.  Feed guests with burgers, chicken, corn on the cob and ribs hot off the grill.  You can serve hot dogs for any children attending.  Good side items would be coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans and fresh fruit.  For dessert, serve classic favorites like peach cobbler, banana pudding and popsicles for the kids.  Serve this buffet with beer, tea, soft drinks, and lemonade.  Set up some outdoor games like horseshoes or volleyball, so guests can still have a good time after dinner is over.  Laid back rehearsal dinners like this one are particularly good for weddings that are formal because guests can truly relax and enjoy themselves before the big day.

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Ideas: Seaside Clambake

If your wedding location is nearby the beach and the weather is right, plan an old fashioned clambake for your rehearsal dinner. Lots of catering companies can set up a clambake on the beach complete with a bonfire.  The menu can include littleneck clams, mussels, corn on the cob, crusty bread and New England clam chowder.  Serve beer, white wine, soft drinks and tea with the meal.  There's no need for decoration because the glow of the bonfire and the sound of the waves is already a great atmosphere, but you may want to provide baskets of flip flops for your guests.  For entertainment, set up a volleyball net after dinner and bring out sand toys for the little ones.

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Ideas: Mexican Fiesta

For a rehearsal dinner with ethnic flair, plan on a colorful Mexican fiesta.  You can hold this rehearsal dinner in someone's home, backyard or in a Mexican restaurant.  Decorate with multicolored lights, piñatas and paper streamers in bright colors.  The menu should be catered with Mexican favorites like fajitas, enchiladas, guacamole, chips, stuffed peppers, rice and beans.  Serve salty margaritas, Mexican beer and iced tea with the meal.  For dessert, go with flan or très leches cake.  To entertain guests, hire a mariachi band or traditional Mexican dancers.  Let the children take turns hitting the piñatas.

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Ideas: Sunset Picnic

If you like being outdoors, then a rehearsal dinner picnic is just for you.  Check out your local parks and reserve a shelter for your dinner.  Decorate the picnic shelters with white lights, place blankets on the grass surrounding the shelter.  For dinner, prepare individual picnic baskets that include sandwiches with unusual ingredients like gourmet cheeses and deli meats, fresh fruit, pita slices and hummus dip, brownies and chocolate chip cookies.  Serve sodas, sparkling juices and white wine.  Bring some Frisbees and footballs for after dinner games.

Other fun themes include "movie night" with popcorn, candy bars and a large scale movie projector, a Hawaiian Luau, a 50's get together with oldies and milkshakes, or an exotic dinner with tapas and mojitos.

By using any of these themes, you can make your wedding rehearsal dinner truly memorable. When you think outside of the box with your rehearsal dinner, you can make the experience more fun for everyone.