* Rehearsal Dinner IDEAS! Share the things you did/are planning to do! *

posted 3 years ago in Family
Post # 3
1107 posts
Bumble bee

I think just allowing quality time for people to mingle will help. Don’t do a seating chart, let people sit with those they are comfortable around, but have multiple tables in order to encourage mingling. Although they are pretty, big long tables that seat all your guests in one row do NOT help conversation at all.

At our rehearsal dinner (like yours, laid back and very family-oriented), my FIL had the MOH, Best Man, and my dad give speeches. Then he opened the floor to anyone who wanted to comment (standing or from their seat). This was a good time of laughs and loosening everyone up to be more comfortable with each other.

Post # 5
3833 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We did a backyard rehearsal dinner, too, but our families know each other.

We kept it relaxed, and had no formal speecehs – we weren’t having bridal party speeces at the wedding, so we opened the rehearsal dinner up to any person who wanted to make a toast/tell a story. (I knew my sister and a few friends wanted to do this – if you’re not sure someone will, ask a close friend ahead of time to get it started, so there’s not an awkward silence.)

After dinner, we had a campfire (my parents have a firepit) and hung out by the fire with drinks and s’mores. We had let our friends know that aroudn 9 pm, people were welcome to come over for a casual get-together, so that let us keep the rehearsal small, but also spend time with our friends.

Post # 6
259 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m thinking of doing the “shoe game”… I saw it somewhere on Pinterest. The example was at the actual wedding, but I think it’s better suited at the rehearsal dinner (at least for us!). Our families haven’t met either, plus we are both in a different country to them, so only one of them has actually been able to know us together over the years. So I think it’s a good way for them to get to know our relationship a little better! Plus, it’ll be an icebreaker and then can talk about what happened in the game with each other afterwards! 



Post # 7
262 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Most of my DH’s family is from out of town and it would be the first time meeting me and my family so we wanted to have a laid back bbq at my parents house. They have a huge yard with horseshoe pits, fire pit and bar. We figured this would be a good way to keep it chill and let everyone just hangout. Well his mother lost her ever loving mind over this because she was suppose to be the host since she is the grooms mother and it would be my parents hosting not her.  It turned into a giant shit show but she got her way with a formal dinner after the church rehearsal. My family sat at one table, his at another, groomsmen at one and bridesmaids at another….SUPER UNCOMFORTABLE. 

We had an after party at my parents house with tons of drinks, snacks, a sausage cart (from Fenway Park), horseshoes and a fire. DH’s dad comment on how amazing it was to see everyone chatting and having fun and how he wished it was like that earlier.  HA! I was right. 

Oh and his mom knew about the after party and purposfully did not bring a change of clothes so had to drive an hour home and back to change. So she missed out on 2.5 hours of fun.

Post # 8
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@HappinessIsInDaisies:  Honestly we let people mingle. DH’s side is not game people. We didn’t have a seating chart or anything. We just introduced people as we ran into them. We had a nice dinner for the family at my in laws house (about 50 people) for the parents, wedding party, aunts, uncles, cousins, and a few family friends. It was awesome.

Post # 9
298 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We are having a very casual rehearsal dinner. I don’t think there will be any speeches or anything like that. Just eating and mingling. We are getting married at our township hall so we are getting a bunch of pizza and heading to the hall. Once we finish eating we will start decorating.

Post # 10
605 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

a family friend is opening her home to us and we are having a bbq&beer bash for the family. we want it to be casual and laid back for everyone. 

Post # 13
314 posts
Helper bee

We’re doing ours at a winery with Italian style food and then after our dinner, our out of town relatives are invited for wine and cheese and mingling. The winery owners are super cool and aren’t giving us a time limit. 

Post # 15
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@HappinessIsInDaisies:  After the rehearsal, we are going to do a big Family BBQ to welcome the OOT guests and so the families can get mor acquainted. 

Post # 16
11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Ours will be super casual, but it’s also ONLY for people who will be at the rehearsal and FI’s dad and stepmom (so, the bridal party, their +1s, and then the people hosting the dinner). No families meeting or anything, as I don’t really anticipate our families hanging out, and we do not need any more people there than the 25 invited. We’re just heading to our favorite local pizza place.

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