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Updated: Jan 1

In the midst of planning your wedding festivities, you’ll likely be including another event: the wedding rehearsal dinner to celebrate those family and friends who are involved in your wedding. 

A wedding rehearsal dinner typically takes place the evening before the wedding, right after the wedding rehearsal, and includes the couple’s parents and close family, the wedding party and their guests, and out-of-town or other special guests. Traditionally the groom’s family pays for the rehearsal dinner, but many couples opt to host it themselves and include it in their wedding budget. 

Wedding rehearsal dinners can be quite the party, too. Instead of the traditional rehearsal dinner ideas why not try something different and fun. You can always ask your Event Planning team for ideas, but here are a few unique and fun rehearsal dinner ideas that seem to be gaining in popularity.

Brewery tour

If the happy couple’s circle enjoys good beer and a casual atmosphere, hold the rehearsal dinner at a local brewery that has an event space or spacious taproom. Choose an invitation for the rehearsal dinner that you can personalize with a photo of the couple making a toast with their favorite brew.

Keep the menu casual—opt for classic brewery fare like beer-battered fish and chips, artisanal pizza, or sliders. Arrange for a guided brewery tour or beer tasting before dinner.

Rehearsal dinner at a Brewery

Drinks on a rooftop bar

For a trendy, upscale rehearsal dinner, find a swanky rooftop bar or lounge with panoramic city views. Decorate the space with gold confetti balloons and feathery flower centerpieces. 

Liven up your libations by creating one or two signature cocktails, and serve a buffet of hors d’oeuvres or tapas-style dishes. Hire a photographer to take pictures of guests against the skyline backdrop, or book a mixology session before everyone starts raising their drinks to toast the couple.

Garden party

A rehearsal dinner doesn’t have to take place at dinnertime. Especially if the wedding is formal, an afternoon garden party in the backyard can offer a relaxed and casual change of pace for everyone. Choose garden-themed decor like floral arrangements, garlands, and paper lanterns, and pick a floral invitation.

Set up food and drink stations or a buffet featuring fresh salads, grilled fish or chicken, or tea sandwiches and pastries. Set up lawn games, or install a small dance floor for after-dinner entertainment.


Farmhouse setting

Make the night before the wedding a cozy, romantic affair at a charming farmhouse or barn venue. Create a casual, relaxed vibe with vintage accents like checkered tablecloths and wildflowers in mason jars.

Enjoy a true farm-to-table smorgasbord with locally sourced ingredients, homestyle dishes, and comfort foods. Jazz it up with a DIY dessert table—think dip-your-own-doughnuts or s’mores around a fire. Delight your guests with a hayride, or play the newlywed game, but with the couple’s parents in the hot seat for some lighthearted entertainment.

Evening at the winery

For a fun excursion, consider a vineyard or winery. Choose a destination that’s nearby—especially if guests have already traveled for the wedding. Include a Travel Block on your Paperless Post invitation to keep guests in the loop about transportation details.

Set the tone with centerpieces featuring candles and wine bottles with olive branches. You can’t go wrong pairing your wine with a selection of cheeses or a charcuterie board. Order or cater in small, in-season appetizers and small bites. Make the event extra memorable with a vineyard tour or a wine trivia-and-tasting game.



If your wedding rehearsal is early in the day, follow it up with a delicious brunch. Look for a cozy café or bakery with a private patio. Make pretty centerpieces from vintage teapots filled with flowers, or tie up a few herbal tea blends in twine, and tuck them into vintage teacups for lovely favors. Choose from our wedding brunch invitations to get your guests’ undivided attention.

Offer an exquisite menu of pastries, fresh fruits, omelets, and French toast. A mimosa or specialty coffee bar will be an instant hit with the guests. 


Unique and Fun Rehearsal Dinner Ideas

Game night

If the happy couple and their favorite people enjoy playing games, gather up a pile of board games, and host a rehearsal game night. Send game night-themed invitations to let your crew know what awaits. Decide ahead of time what types of games you want to play, and offer a variety of options to keep things interesting.

Keep the menu simple—serve easy-to-eat finger foods like mini sandwiches, kebabs, wings, or pizza, and set out veggie and fruit platters or charcuterie boards. Include a spread of grab-and-go desserts like cupcakes, cookies, and brownies.

Dont be afraid to ask for help with these ideas.. Your Event Planning staff or Coordinator can always help you secure these plans so you dont have to

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