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How to Plan a Proper Rehearsal Dinner

Published September 25th, 2019 by Chef's Catering

The rehearsal dinner should be planned with as much care and attention as you give your wedding. One of the most important things you can do to plan a proper rehearsal dinner is to hire a quality catering company that understands your needs. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

Set the Tone

The tone of the rehearsal dinner show should complement the theme of your wedding. In other words, if you’re having an informal wedding on  a beach where the bride and groom are wearing casual clothing, it doesn’t make sense to have a formal sit down rehearsal dinner complete with uniformed wait staff. On the other hand, if you’re having a formal wedding, you wouldn’t want to have a buffet style rehearsal dinner where guests form a line to serve themselves.  Here are some options for your rehearsal dinner style:

Food Truck Style

This is a fun way to have a rehearsal dinner that’s appropriate for informal and trendy wedding themes. The food truck arrives at the designated venue and guests order their rehearsal dinner meals directly from the food truck. Don’t worry. The food itself is high quality – only the delivery mode changes!

Sit Down Catered

This style of rehearsal dinner is perfect for formal weddings where you want the guests’ needs to be attended to, tableside. Wait staff will take orders, deliver meals, refill beverages and remove dishes. Your guests will have a similar experience to a high quality restaurant. 

Buffet Style

Sometimes buffet style is the perfect way to have your rehearsal dinner. It’s appropriate for weddings that aren’t back tie formal, but not beach informal either. With this style of rehearsal dinner, your wedding guests would help themselves to a bounty of food choices according to their own desire.

Coordinate the Details

It’s important to coordinate the details for your rehearsal dinner so everything goes off without a hitch. The catering company will need to know how many people will be in attendance. The sooner you can supply this number, the better. Next, you’ll need to decide how many accessories you’ll need for the rehearsal dinner. Your catering company may be able to help you with figuring out how many tables and chairs you’ll need, including the buffet tables. Even if you aren’t having a buffet style rehearsal dinner, you’ll need some tables on the side for drinks, floral arrangements and more. 

Don’t leave anything to chance when it comes to planning a proper rehearsal dinner for your big event. The rehearsal dinner sets the tone for the whole wedding. Let us help you plan your special day! Contact us now

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