Wedding Rehearsal party ideas

Rethinking Rehearsal Dinners

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Your reception is shaping up to be the glittering, exceedingly chic event that you’ve always wanted, and there’s little doubt your guests will be talking about it for years to come. But all the cool kids know the rehearsal dinner is where the real party starts. Though the pre-wedding bash is a long-established tradition, remember that it really only has one prerequisite: it follows the wedding rehearsal. Instead of making it an extension of the wedding, consider the rehearsal dinner a chance to host an event that’s fresh and unexpected.

Colette's EventsThink about it: rehearsal dinners include a high concentration of people you love who have gathered in your honor; there’s no posing for photographers every few moments; and your hair won’t be piled in some extremely shellacked-but-breathtaking up-do you’ve never worn before (and will likely never wear again). So why not relax and, er, let your hair down? With very little effort, you can assemble a pre-wedding event that provides some much-needed calm before the busy storm of your wedding weekend.

Make it Personal

Weddings have a way of ballooning into family reunions, so put the focus back on you and your fiancé at the rehearsal dinner by adding a few creative, personal touches. You can start by sharing your own love story with the group. Choose a location or incident that was meaningful to your courtship—like that romantic bistro he took you on your first date—then share the memory with your guests as they dine.FIG Catering ith your favorite snapshots and music. Another option is to ask all your guests in advance (by invitation or email) to be the evening’s entertainment. Choose an emcee to host the event (like your brother or almost-father-in-law), and have those who are comfortable performing (or who just love you enough to ignore their stage fright) “sign up” with the emcee prior to the dinner. You may be amazed at the talent in the room as friends and family read touching or outrageous poems that they’ve written about the bride and groom, play music and sing, and deliver heartfelt toasts.

It’s all Fun and Games

Sweet on CakeIncorporating interactive entertainment into your evening breaks the ice for guests who’ve never met before. How about kicking off the wedding weekend with a more sophisticated version of “game night?” Event coordinator Tosca Clark of Tosca Productions says, “Karaoke or murder mysteries give guests a chance to interact with each other.” Wedding designer Joyce Scardina Becker of Events of Distinction and author of Countdown To Your Perfect Wedding suggests a scavenger hunt where the last stop is the pre-wedding dinner site.

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There anything that we can do? Husband is a part of the wedding party, did his part with the whole Vegas hurrah with the groom and the guys; I participated with the bachelorette party.
The couple called me and asked for ideas on groomsman gifts. Do I/we reciprocate? I've never attended a rehearsal dinner except for our own, which was not even a "rehearsal" since we had a small wedding in Hawaii.
The dinner is at a local Italian place, not tacky, but not super upscale. Do people dress up? Dress for me, shirt & tie for him? Thanks!

Engagement parties  — Iowa State Daily
If it is a fancy venue, then it may be appropriate to have a black-tie event, but if it is a casual venue, it is not necessary to wear something so fancy as a ball-gown or a tuxedo.

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