With all of the attention on the actual wedding day, side events like the Rehearsal Dinner can often fall by the wayside. However, a rehearsal dinner can be as memorable as the wedding, as it is a time to gather attentively with those people you are closest to. With the whirlwind of a wedding, you may feel as though you didn’t get to see much of those special people. Here are some simple ways to pay attention to the details of your rehearsal dinner.
The wedding tables are going to be all decked out in linens, centerpieces, and place settings, so don’t get too carried away with this table. Choose a simple canvas for your table setting, such as a wooden picnic table. Simple is better and, this way, your space won’t feel overwhelming.
Choosing a neutral palate means you get to have more fun playing with color! Chose to decorate with pops of summer colors—duck’s egg blue, coral, toasty orange, and pinks!
To pull it all together, you can paint mismatched chairs in your wedding colors, which will give an eclectic, yet cohesive feel.
Don’t overload your table! Personally I like to use a table runner, instead of using a tablecloth, which can oftentimes take away from a simple, rustic look. I love exposed wood! You can stack place settings to save space.
You can’t go wrong with flowers—they’re a fresh way to boast the season and add some color. I like to cluster up-cycled jars, and fill them with flowers.
To create a cozy ambiance for an evening party string tiny lights in trees and bushes. Use plenty of votive candles.
Etched Leaf Mood Votive Holders
Keeping the menu simple, yummy and easy enough to eat while mingling is the key to good backyard style food. BBQ foods are always a good menu idea but if they are not your style then don’t be afraid to think more traditional about your food choices. Comfort foods such as Macaroni and Cheese are always popular choices.
Just because the dinner may be in a backyard does not mean it has to be informal.
To add interest to your food displays serve food in unique bowls.
Antiqued Gold Bowls.
Ice Cream is always a favorite at a summer party. Serve simple desserts - cookies, brownies, and cupcakes on fun trays, such as this RelativityTray from Home Concepts.
Getting creative with drink displays is a fun way to add some backyard feel to a party. Large galvanized tubs are always a good option and can be easily refilled and by adding some ice you so know your drinks will stay cool.
Thinking outside the box and getting creative with your displays is a good way to put your own “stamp” on the event like choosing a canoe, hallowed out tree stump or wheelbarrow.
Relaxation / Hang Out Area
To encourage your guests to stay and mingle after their done eating set up cozy seating areas.
For evening parties create a cozy atmosphere with a bon fire or with a Table Top Fireplace, such as this one from Home Concepts.
Summer evenings can sometimes be chilly so you could provide a few throw blankets to warm your guests. Comfortable guests are more likely to stay longer.
. Dobbly Weave Throw Blanket
Store the blankets in a large basket and place a piece of wood on top and voila, you have storage and an extra table for your guests to use.
Large Metal Basket
After your guests eat you can serve coffee and dessert.
Coffee bars are great way to help your guests relax after a large meal and to sober up any guests who may have been drinking.
You could also offer hot water and teabags for the non-coffee drinkers.
Most of all, just remember to relax and enjoy yourself. This is supposed to be a casual evening with your family and best friends before the wedding. These are the most important people in your life, so there is no need to stress yourself out trying to be perfect. Go with the flow and have fun!
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