Charleston Wedding Planner – Rehearsal Dinners
Charleston Wedding Planner Types of Rehearsal Dinners
- Restaurant – These are probably the most popular as the restaurant already has tables, chairs and linens and will provide the food and bar. They usually have a food and beverage minimum and price per person menu making the budgeting very easy.
- Hotels – The accommodation where your guests are staying may have private rooms and offer catering. This is a very convenient for guests and if guests are staying in the hotel they may be more accommodating with pricing and menu selections.
- Beach house – Many Charleston wedding couples opt to rent a beach house to stay in. There are many houses with multiple bedrooms accommodating 20+ guests. These are good for mid-sized casual rehearsal dinners.
- Wedding venue – Some rehearsal dinners are almost elaborate as the weddings themselves with the couple opting to rent a venue, often bringing in or having to set up tables and chairs and hire outside caterers. For couples that opt to go this roughly we highly recommend having the wedding planner or hiring an event planner to take care of the arrangements while the wedding party is at the rehearsal.
Charleston Bride Tish opted to have her rehearsal dinner in a beach house to keep things simple.
Charleston Wedding Planner Rehearsal Dinner Tips
- A rehearsal dinner or lunch should be provided if the rehearsal takes place around lunch time & guests are attending the rehearsal instead of preparing their meals.
- All people who are required to attend the rehearsal, including the planner & the officiant & any other vendors should be invited to the rehearsal
- The rehearsal dinner or lunch should be immediately following the rehearsal if possible so that guests aren’t giving up an entire day for the rehearsal and meal.
- We recommend having the rehearsal & rehearsal meal located close to each other so guests, particularly out of town guests aren’t driving all over town.
- A rehearsal lunch can also be held if the rehearsal is earlier in the day, usually as per the venue requirements if there is another wedding taking place on the rehearsal day.
- Look for “group menus” to keep costs under control. Many of Charleston’s restaurants offer group dining.
- The rehearsal dinner should not outshine the wedding meal. It should also take into consideration what is being served at the wedding and not repeat it.
- Many hotels with banquet facilities will also hold rehearsal dinners.
- To keep alcohol costs under control you can give guests one or two pre-paid drink tickets. After that they may purchase alcohol on their own.
- If the bride is wanting to give the groom a groom’s cake, the rehearsal is a good time to do this as it provides dessert and spreads the cake out over two days.
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