Years ago, I had the honor of designing my little sister’s wedding down in Laredo, Texas where my grandparents lived and my family has visited for as long as I can remember. While my sister’s wedding took place in the Cathedral and the reception at an art gallery near by, we threw the rehearsal dinner out at our hunting lease (remember this is Texas) where we had a huge traditional Texas BBQ with all the fix’ns and lots of great fun. For our family, the hunting lease was the source of many wonderful memories and provided a relaxed and stress-free location for everyone to gather and just enjoy the evening in a casual setting that gave all the guests from out of town a glimpse of our family’s traditions.
I love the idea of keeping things relaxed the night before your wedding. You’ve already spent so much time and money planning a big party that there’s no need to go overboard to make your rehearsal dinner on the same level as your wedding day. Instead, simply pick a place or theme that says something about you as a couple or your families. Maybe it’s where you went on your first date, or your favorite restaurant in town, or maybe you’ve got strong Italian roots or you’re both from Texas and you want to host a BBQ!
Whatever you decide on, try to keep things as simple and easy as possible for yourselves. Even if you decide to host the dinner at your home or a rental space, consider bringing in food from an outside source. Cooking and cleaning up can add stress to an already chaotic time. There’s a restaurant for almost every kind of food, so order ahead of time and just pick it up before the event. Better yet, assign the pick-up to your favorite groomsmen or bridesmaids, they’ll be happy to help out.
If you’re okay with spending a little more, you can always consider having your dinner catered or even having a couple food trucks come to your rehearsal venue. This is a nice option because there’s lots of options and you’re not left with a mess to clean up yourself! Click HERE to read a great blog post about how to do food trucks right by Cloe Bleu.
Another affordable option is hosting a traditional Italian pasta dinner, complete with red and white checkered napkins. I found a great menu HERE for this type of rehearsal dinner that you could add personalized touches to make it your own. Bon Appetit!