(Closed) Rehearsal dinner decor and favors?

posted 9 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

The rehearsal dinners I have been to (and the one we had) are purposely less of a production than the actual wedding reception.  So while you certainly could assign seating and provide favors, you might want to make sure that you’re not outshining the celebration to come.  Ditto for flowers and decorations.

Of course, it sounds like you’ve got a bit of a theme going for the Rehearsal Dinner – so you might provide table decorations (and even favors, if you like) that go along with that theme.  Flowers on the tables are always a nice touch.  And if you end up inside, a little different decor on your tables should help to differentiate them from the rest of the restaurant – and cue other patrons that something different is going on here, so that seating isn’t available.  (In a way that is a little more attractive and fun than the average "Reserved" sign.)

Post # 4
2324 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I would do flowers on the tables and maybe a small favor {Cuban themed?}, but that would be it. No place cards or seating assignments, just so that people can meet and chat. She seems like a super sweet Mother-In-Law though to ask. Have fun!

Post # 5
45 posts
  • Wedding: October 2009

Because we will also have our out of towners attend our rehearsal dinner, we will also provide party favors and ideas for things for them to do up until the wedding or decide to stay a couple of extra days while they are in town.  We won’t be doing seating assignments but we will assign people to different tables with family members whom we felt would be the most compatible.  Because we won’t be having the photographer at the rehearsal diner, we’re also thinking of putting cameras on the tables for guests to take pictures.  Thats still in the air but the idea is growing on me

Post # 6
2025 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My Mother-In-Law had full control over the rehearsal dinner, so it was kind of fun being surprised when we got there. She had made rope pillar candles (we had a slight nautical themed wedding), one big one for centerpiece and two little ones for the ends, so no flowers. She had done assigned seating (but I think it was really to make sure her and his father were at opposite ends of the table – divorced). For favors, she had Dove chocolates personalized with out name and wedding date. The favors come individually boxed in sets of three.

So basically, I think it just depends on the person who is throwing the dinner on what they decide to do. If there is any family tension, seating arrangements aren’t a bad idea, though.  I wasn’t expecting all of the work that she put into it, so it was just a very nice surprise.

Post # 7
773 posts
Busy bee

We’re having flowers and place cards at our Rehearsal Dinner, but I didn’t want them.  To me the Rehearsal Dinner is supposed to be much much less formal than the wedding reception, but my Future Mother-In-Law hijacked it and is turning it into a huge elaborate production- the opposite of what I wanted.  *bitter*


Anyway, apparently this is a thing some people do, but it’s up to you whether you want the Rehearsal Dinner to be elaborate or just a casual party. 

Post # 8
2022 posts
Buzzing bee

I have been to a few and they have all been different.

My sister had Rehearsal Dinner invitations and small favors to give out.  B/c it was at a traditional chinese restaurant (with the lazy suzan thingy in the middle) there were no flowers.

My FMIL is hosting ours.  She asked for our opinion on food (we are going with italian since Fiance is part italian) but we haven’t talked about anything else yet.

My take is that Rehearsal Dinner invites are a good idea, flowers or other decorations might be nice, and favors are not necessary. 

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