The wedding rehearsal dinner is a great opportunity for the bride and groom’s families to get to know each other before the wedding day. The event is almost always limited to the couple’s closest friends and family, while the atmosphere is more personal and private than the wedding reception. Choosing the right venue is key. Here are 4 tips to choosing your wedding rehearsal dinner venue:
1- Decide whether you want a formal affair or a more laid back event
Before settling on a venue, you have to know what type of event you want to host. While doing this, remember that you have a wedding the next morning and you should try to keep things relatively simple. Make up your mind on whether you would like a formal three-course meal or a more casual event. It is your night to design, but keep these factors in mind while scouting possible venues.
2- Prepare a guest list for the rehearsal dinner
As you search for your perfect rehearsal dinner venue, be mindful of your guest count. As mentioned earlier, it is traditional to include your closest friends and family on your list. Be sure to ask the venue coordinator about seating capacity and different room arrangements such as high-bar tables or family-style seating. These are simple ideas that can add a personal touch to your dinner rehearsal.
3- Ask for recommendations
One of the quickest ways to narrow down your venue choices is to ask for advice and reviews from friends and acquaintances. Chances are that someone you know or a friend of theirs could point you in the right direction. Another way to get recommendations quickly is to browse online reviews and wedding rating sites.
4- Consider convenience for your guests when you choose a location.
Lastly, it is important to consider the travel time of your guests to the venue. Be sure to think about both sides of the family and friends, along with out-of-town guests, if you have invited any. All of those considered will most likely appreciate your thoughtfulness. In conclusion, in order to book the venue that will better service your rehearsal dinner, be sure to follow these 4 tips. It is also a good idea to have an overall plan of your wedding rehearsal before you start to look for venues. For more of these tips, read Planning Your Rehearsal Dinner: Step-by-Step Guide and Tips.
About Roof Garden
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