by Rose Smith
The wedding rehearsal dinner is a longstanding wedding tradition that offers hospitality to the wedding party and out-of-town guests, after the wedding rehearsal. Typically the rehearsal is held the afternoon before the wedding, and the rehearsal dinner follows soon after the rehearsal. As the years and generations have passed, the etiquette and expectations surrounding rehearsal dinners have evolved.
Traditionally hosted by the groom’s parents, rehearsal dinners can be designed to be anything from an intimate dinner to a huge wedding eve celebration, depending on the couple and their families’ wishes. As you plan a unique and personalized rehearsal dinner, there are several “don’t miss” details you’ll want to include in your plans! From memorable invitations to personalized party accessories to the perfect rehearsal dinner party favor, you’ll love the way your rehearsal dinner is enhanced by these touches of personalization.
Memorable Rehearsal Dinner Invitations
As soon as you have your location, date and time locked down, design a distinct and memorable rehearsal dinner invitation. You want to gIve your guests ample time for planning, but also have your invitation arrive after the wedding invitations. Try to follow within one week of the wedding invitations.
Unlike a formal wedding invitation, you have the creative liberty to make your rehearsal dinner invitations more casual or themed. Draw inspiration from a seasonal element, a theme that the couple loves, or a detail about the rehearsal dinner that you want to highlight. Your rehearsal dinner invitation is your guests’ first peek at your party colors and design, so make them the first “don’t miss” details you check off of your list.
Custom Rehearsal Dinner Details
As you determine your rehearsal dinner style and décor, remember to add personalized accessories to be the “don’t miss” details. A rehearsal dinner bar always looks better with custom cocktail napkins and personalized matches. For Your Party’s new full-color matchboxes are a perfect option. Plus, our lipstick matchboxes can be personalized on three sides!
This year, pandemic safety is a crucial element to consider, too. Fortunately, personalized face masks and hand sanitizers take health necessities and make them an asset to your rehearsal dinner décor.
Unique Rehearsal Dinner Favors
Once you’ve given your guests a night to remember, send them off with a special token party favor. It doesn’t have to be pricey to be memorable, either! Serve beverages in personalized cups that can be taken home for reuse, or offer custom koozies as a rehearsal dinner party favor.
Another cute rehearsal dinner favor is individually wrapped sweet treats for your guests to take home with them. An intricately detailed cookie, or another locally renowned confection, offered in personalized cello bags are a beloved party favor option. Choose whichever custom rehearsal dinner favor that suits your plans best, and you’ll have another “don’t miss” detail!
Planning the rehearsal dinner can be such a fun experience. The typically smaller crowd size makes for more flexibility to indulge in the details, plus, all that anticipation energy will lend your rehearsal dinner party such a fabulous atmosphere! Get started designing your “don’t miss” details today!