6 Ways to Make Your Rehearsal Dinner as Memorable as the Wedding Itself

Showers & Parties

Skip the typical formal rehearsal dinner for something a little more fun and lighthearted instead. Just incorporate one of these creative ideas and, who knows, your rehearsal dinner might be just as memorable as the wedding itself.

1. Wedding Rehearsal Kit
At dinner, have a rehearsal-dinner kit waiting at each place setting, filled with a wedding-day schedule, bride and groom Mad Libs game, photo-booth tip sheet, and list of important phone numbers guests might need the next day.

2. Name Tags
Since many guests will be meeting each other for the first time at the rehearsal dinner, create fun name tags for them to wear to help break the ice.

creative rehearsal-dinner ideas

Photo: Emily Steffen

3. Hanging Photo Display
For an easy and affordable decoration idea, gather favorite photos of you and your groom and suspend them above the dinner table, along with cut-out X's and O's.

4. Ice-Breaker Games
Another clever way to help guests get to know each other: Create a card printed with fun facts about the bride and groom — guaranteed to get some laughs!

5. Pizza Party
Save money on the rehearsal dinner by opting for a backyard get-together, complete with takeout foods (like piping-hot pizza!) from your favorite local joint.

6. Afternoon Picnic
The rehearsal dinner doesn't have to be dinner at all. Host an afternoon picnic the day before the wedding instead, complete with lawn games, picnic blankets, and barbecue.

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