To some degree, the choices you make about rehearsal dinner refreshments will be determined by the setting and style of the space itself. You want your guests to feel comfortable and well attended, so choosing the right location is something to consider before you start to think about the actual menu items to be served.
If you are planning to have the event in a hall or event space, you may consider an informal sit down meal, with attending waitstaff and choice of entrees. Depending on the time of day, this could range from a light brunch to a full course dinner. For a more casual, party atmosphere, a buffet is often the perfect solution. Guests can mingle, chat and enjoy themselves and the provided refreshments at their own pace, enjoying the laughter and memories that are being shared and created. This type of arrangement is particularly well suited for outdoor gatherings.
Now, deciding on the refreshments menu is one thing, but you should consider the preparation of the food and drinks. Certainly you want to show your affection and respect for all of your guests, and you may feel the best way to do so is to prepare the food yourself. You may even feel that this is a reasonable way to save a little money along the way. However, this is your wedding and you and your soon to be spouse have more than enough on their plate with planning the nuptials themselves. A respected off-site catering service is the way to go. They can offer a wide variety of menu selections, from light meals or buffet items to a full course extravaganza. Let them do the work for you, and you and your family and friends can enjoy the evening that much more.
Preparing for your wedding brings many decisions, and requires plenty of forward planning. Plan your wedding rehearsal dinner with all the care that you bring to the wedding day itself – you are going to be glad you did. Consider set and setting, and don’t hesitate to rely on the help of a catering service or event planner to help you make the event a memorable one.
Remember: this is your chance to thank your loved ones, both friends and family alike, who will be standing with you both on the day that you take your wedding vows. These are the people who are closest to the both of you, and this is a gathering you will all remember and cherish for years to come. Do you really want to choose a location that is lackluster or wanting as the backdrop for creating these rich memories?
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