Todays bride and grooms often look for different options when it comes to the rehearsal dinner. Although the traditional dinner at a local restaurant is still a popular choice, more and more, couples want something different something that reflects their personalities and lifestyle better.
If you live in an area where there is a nice park, you might consider having a sunset picnic. In this case, you could reserve a shelter house, spread blankets out on the grass, and create individual or couple baskets to include meat, cheese, crackers, fresh fruit, brownies, and a small bottle of wine or juice. As people sit around enjoying the meal, they can also be enjoying the outside atmosphere with the sky filled with stars.
Another fun and popular choice is to have a barbecue, at a local park or an individuals home. For this type of rehearsal dinner, you could rent folding picnic tables and cover them with the traditional red and white checked tablecloth. Then, set up one or more barbecue grills where hamburgers, chicken, hotdogs, or steaks are grilled along with fresh corn on the cob, sweet onions, and pineapple rings. Create a place where everyone can play volleyball, badminton, or horseshoes. If you like, you could even hire a country and western band or bring your favorite boot-stomping CDs where all the guests could kick up their heels after the meal and games.
The beach always makes an excellent setting for a rehearsal dinner. If you live by the ocean, you can rent a large cabana where chairs could be set up. For the food, a pit could be built and foods grilled over an open fire. Another good option would be to have grills set up where shrimp, lobster, and other favorite seafood could be cooked. With a big trough of ice, you could serve ice-cold soda, bottled water, beer, wine coolers, and other favorite drinks. Finally, on the sand, you could set up volleyball for a game of fun. With 1960s or 1970s music playing in the background, everyone will have a blast.
If you love Mexican food, then you could create an authentic fiesta for your rehearsal dinner. Find a good Mexican food restaurant that would cater in enchiladas, burritos, tacos, and margaritas. For the tables, use bright colors such as green, pink, and red and set up a piņata for all to enjoy. If you like, you can hire a Mariachi band or simply put on some CDs for background music.
Other options to consider would be a Luau, complete with pig roast, hula dancing, and tropical drinks, a theater dinner where you have all the favorite snack foods found in a theater such as buttered popcorn, nachos with cheese and peppers, and bite-size candy, or a star-filled night that is established as a formal dinner outside. In this case, you could rent telescopes to identify stars, sit down at tables with white tablecloths, and dine on fine foods. With so many options, you can use any of these recommendations or come up with something on your own.