Rehearsal dinners are coordinated for a purpose. Tradition states that the groom’s family plans and covers the cost of this event. Held the evening before your wedding and following a brief practice of your wedding ceremony, this dinner allows time for the wedding party, close friends, and family to celebrate the couple in an intimate setting. There is more time to toast, share stories or videos, and wish the couple a lifetime of happiness prior to the big event. If you are searching for unique ideas for your rehearsal dinner, here are a few that will inspire.
Host a backyard barbeque. For a casual atmosphere, consider a backyard barbeque. Whether the dinner is potluck or catered, this environment will keep things easy going and stress-free so the couple can unwind from months of hectic planning.
Enjoy a night of fine dining. Some couples prefer a more upscale rehearsal dinner. If you want to dress up and enjoy a luxurious night out at a popular restaurant, this is the time to do it!
Host a cocktail party. Set up like a wedding, some couple like the idea of serving fancy appetizers, cocktails, and even a sit-down dinner or buffet. If you really want to splurge, hire someone to provide background music to enhance the celebration.
Create a theme. Sure, everyone is gathered for one central purpose, but spruce up the excitement and serve your guest with a theme in mind. Provide food, cocktails, and décor that match your motif.
Add in the extras. Outside of dinner and toasting, add an element of fun that everyone can enjoy. Bring in a photo booth and save the pictures for your album, hire a magician to entertain the crowd, or even play some silly games that involve everyone there. The sky is the limit!
Are you tired of traditional save-the-date cards? Looking for a unique way to let your guests know an invitation awaits? Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
Enhance Your Theme
Your save-the-date is the first glimpse into the theme of your wedding. Set the tone by selecting an option that represents your style! If you are getting married at a vineyard, perhaps engraved wedding corks are the way to go.
Or, if your style leans on the side of rustic, think of an option that will match your décor.
Announce your wedding date with video instead! Videos are a fun, personalized way to save some cash and material goods. Be sure you include all the vital details and add a sweet, romantic touch too. Here is a useful resource to help you get started: Animoto.com.
Everyone can use an extra tote bag! Plus, your guests can use them to carry personal items to all your wedding festivities.
Magnetic save-the-dates are very popular option that never go out of style. Plus, they are quite functional. Every time your guest posts their grocery list to the fridge, they will have a friendly reminder of your special day! How romantic.
Save-the-dates are the first step in letting your guests know what’s to come. This small detail is especially helpful for your out of town guests. So, while you are planning and creating, make it personal and have fun!
Your wedding will be unforgettable for you – make it unforgettable your guests too! Give them something unique to remember this one-of-a-kind evening with you.
Here are a few creative and personalized ideas for unique gifts for your wedding guests.
Rather than placing items in a traditional gift bag, create personalized wedding tote bags! This will especially come in handy for out of town guests who could use a little something extra to carry items to your wedding festivities. You could also send a tote in advance as a unique “save the date.” Reusable bags are becoming more popular in our eco-friendly generation, so this will be a popular gift that also shows your love!
Edible Place Settings
Whether you are having a seated dinner with place cards, or simply numbering tables, make it edible! Use cake pops or candy bars with a personalized wrapper will add some extra sweetness to the atmosphere. If your guests are too full of wedding cake, they can take these treats home to share after you have tied the knot!
Another way you can add a personalized touch is with a souvenir cup. You can create an array of regular drinking cups, personalized wine cups, champagne flutes, or beer mugs with your names and the wedding date. Your guests can also take these home, which will create less clean up when the party is over!
This idea you can’t exactly take home, but personalize your wedding with a surprise flash mob! This is the ultimate way to show uniqueness at your reception. At an unexpected time you and your groom, along with certain family and friends, can storm the hall with a choreographed dance that will surely entertain your guests. Be sure to add your own dance style and don’t forget to capture it on video!
Your wedding is a time to let your true individuality shine. Creating personalized items your guests can keep is an extra way to make your uniqueness shine through.