Practice makes perfect: The importance of rehearsal dinners

If you were in a play, a band or a sporting event, you’d spend hours rehearsing, learning lines or training to make sure it all went right on the night. Yet, your wedding is probably the most important day of your life and you’re going to leave it all to chance?

Practice makes perfect: The importance of rehearsal dinners

That’s why you need a rehearsal dinner. So that everyone knows what they’re doing and when. But unlike the movies, rehearsal dinners don’t have to be boring. In fact, with a little imagination you can make them a fun and integral part of the wedding. Here’s how…

Backyard party

Keep it informal by having a fun and funky BBQ in the back yard. Keep the drinks flowing and your guests won’t even mind a little bit of wedding admin at the same time. Get people to bring food ideas and include them as part of the event.

Practice makes perfect: The importance of rehearsal dinners

 

Theme it

Who doesn’t like Mexican food? So why not have your rehearsal dinner somewhere fun and feisty? A taco party is always enjoyable and while they’re constructing their tortilla treats, you can run through a few things for the big day. Or think Italian, sushi or whatever you like.

Practice makes perfect: The importance of rehearsal dinners

Game day

Bring a grill and a load of fun games to play – from croquet to cricket, whatever you’re into. That way you and your guests can have a lot of fun outdoors, while you discuss your plans.

Practice makes perfect: The importance of rehearsal dinners

Pizza night

Sticking with the informal theme, order in a huge load of pizzas or hit the local trattoria. The communal eating experience should get everyone in the mood for taking part.

Practice makes perfect: The importance of rehearsal dinners

Beach party

What better way to keep things relaxed (and your guests interested) than with a beach party. Play beach games, swim in the sea and top up your tan while you work out the finer details of the big day. And if you’re planning to have your venue right here in Portugal, you’ll have some of the world’s best beaches to choose from.

Practice makes perfect: The importance of rehearsal dinners

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