5 Special Rehearsal Dinner Ideas!

Planning your wedding is such a special time, and nowadays the rehearsal dinner is almost as important as the main event! The rehearsal dinner is particularly memorable because it generally incorporates a more close-knit group of people, and it is often the first time the bride and groom’s extended families intermingle for the first time. Once you have all the main details of the night hammered out, it’s nice to add a few special details into the mix to make the night just a little bit more noteworthy. Here are five unique ideas to add that extra flair to your rehearsal dinner!

1. Make it Personal. 

Since the wedding plans can get so big, it’s nice to incorporate some creative personal touches to tie the night back to the bride and groom. Some couples choose a location that means something important to them, and some choose to pick a #hashtag for all of the guests to use on their social media posts throughout the night!  Hire someone to make you a fantastic slideshow to display your favorite memories to your rehearsal dinner guests (or use iMovie and do it yourself!).  It can also be the gift from parents of the bride and groom, for the couple that has everything – a slideshow/video combo that features personal videos interlaced with still images.

See more creative ways to personalize your rehearsal dinner below:


We love these seat number cards with baby photos of the bride and groom! Too cute.

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2. Have Fun With Invitations

While you can always choose an invitation that coordinates with the wedding invite, it’s also nice to do something different for the unique occasion. Since the Rehearsal Dinner is generally more laid-back than the wedding, try something more playful that reflects the more relaxed atmosphere of the party. We have picked a few fun ones below to give you some ideas! Whatever you choose, make sure it captures the essence of you and your rehearsal dinner, whether it be a backyard picnic or a semi-formal banquet in a ballroom.


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3. Do Something Totally Different!

The beauty of a rehearsal dinner is that there aren’t nearly as many requirements as there are for a wedding. So take advantage of the freedom! Have fun with it and make it something special to you and your fiancé.

We think it’s fun to make the rehearsal dinner completely different than the main event. If your wedding is black-tie, throw a casual backyard barbecue for the rehearsal dinner. If you’re having an East Coast beach wedding, have a clambake as a pre course to your seaside nuptials. If your wedding is a relaxed barn wedding, have a black-tie rehearsal dinner! Whatever it may be, make sure to have fun with it. Here are some unique theme ideas…

Rustic Outdoor Rehearsal Dinner:

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Bonfire Rehearsal Dinner:

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Chic Barbecue:

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4. Make it All Fun & Games!

You already have all of your family and close friends gathered around…have some good old-fashioned fun with them! We love the idea of letting loose at your rehearsal dinner with some game time. Have a ring toss, potato sack race, whatever strikes your fancy! Just enjoy your time with these special people in your life — before your big day.

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5. Photo Clothesline

Another fun way to involve your guests in the rehearsal dinner is to request that everyone bring a memorable photo of the bride and groom. It can be a photo of the couple together, or a picture that captures a memory of the bride or groom from way back before they met! Everyone can pin their photos to a clothes line display or post it to a pretty display board! This will give you and your fiancé a collection of fun photos to put together in an album after the big day.


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Do you have any interesting rehearsal dinner ideas to add? Comment below with comments and suggestions!

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  1. Camilla Daly

    Hi Melissa,
    I was wondering if you I could get some information on the “style Me Pretty” seat number cards with baby photos of the bride and groom.
    I’ve tried to click in and have not had success.
    Do you have a PDF file for these? What are the size of the photos? etc.
    Thanks in advance for your response,
    Camilla Daly

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