There are a number of fun alternatives to the traditional rehearsal dinner that many contemporary couples are embracing. Rather than have a more formal occasion that doesn’t seem to fit you and your partner’s personalities (or budgets), choose your own rehearsal dinner adventure!
Some couples do group outings in place of a formal sit-down dinner, having their close-knit group hit up a local show or even sporting event. This idea is especially popular with smaller wedding parties. Other alternatives could include having a bonfire or picnic, which allows for a more social, laid-back setting and is easier on your wallet as well. For active groups, an activity such as bowling, mini golf or karaoke might be a good bet! These types of alternatives are great for interacting with each of your guests.
Another idea in the same vein as a formal rehearsal dinner would be to simply have rehearsal cocktails. You could pick a favorite local watering hole to start the night, grab a few appetizers and chat with your guests.
For more conservative folk, an afternoon tea rehearsal dinner could be just the original idea you are looking for. It’s a step up on the elegance scale from a backyard BBQ (also a fabulous idea in my opinion) and not quite as formal as a typical rehearsal dinner. If you’re not the biggest fan of tea or the occasion sounds a bit too dainty for your tastes, you can add a more casual element by opting for a brunch instead. Brunches are always a crowd-pleaser!
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