Three Easy Tips for Planning the Rehearsal Dinner

Mondays are typically not the most popular day of the week, but we have some fabulous tips that you may like. Planning your rehearsal dinner and need a  bit of help with that?  Whether you are planning the rehearsal dinner in your own city or a brand new city, we’ve got three easy tips:

  1. Book the venue: First thing is first. Book the venue in advance, (at least 4 months), so it gives you enough time to plan accordingly. When choosing the venue, you can go with one that is a bit more simple, but still keeping it very memorable.  You do not have to have a fancy party, leave that for the wedding day! The key is to pick a place where you and your guests can enjoy good food, and each other’s company. It can even be something as casual as your parent’s backyard. Make it special to you, and it will be a fantastic time!
  2. Plan the menu: When planning the menu, make sure it is something different than what you will serve on your wedding day. If you are serving fish/steak/chicken for a plated dinner at your wedding day, then you may want to offer something like a italian/Mediterranean/Chinese  or other type of cuisine at the rehearsal dinner. Or with keeping in line with what you are serving at the wedding, you can find dishes which compliment the wedding dinner menu. If you have a menu which your guests can choose options from each course, it is a good idea to have menus printed out and placed at each place setting.  You can make the menu special and personal as well.
  3. Create a timeline: A timeline does not need to be very lengthy or detailed like the wedding day. However, there are some details that you may want planned out ahead of time. Typically, there are things like toasts, giving of gifts to the bridal party, and a slideshow. You do not need to have these as must haves for your rehearsal dinner, as you can make it anyway you want. However if you do, ensure that the venue has audiovisual for the toasts and slideshow. If you are not doing any of this and want to just have dinner with no frills, that is fine too. However it is a good idea to make time for a “thank you” to your family and friends who are at attendance.

Have a great rehearsal dinner, and make sure to leave some of the partying for the wedding day!

Rehearsal Dinner Event at the House of Blues Anaheim

You know what has my heart in total overdrive right now? I am talking crazy mad love.  A venue and its fabulous location. Location Location Location. Well, this venue has the hottest location of them all. A location which I have been obesseing over for years.  Five words.  “The Happiest Place on Earth”. Yep, that is right.  Well, it is not inside the happiest park in the world, but close enough. Downtown Disney is is the location of this fantastic venue which offers an amazing experience. Nestled in the heart of Downtown Disney, House of Blues Anaheim offers unique venue spaces, delicious cuisines, and live music. House of Blues Anaheim is not just for concerts and dinner. When I visited and had a private tour of the venue, I was really impressed. I was not only impressed with the unique and extraordinary spaces, but I really enjoyed the food. You know I love my food, and good food means everything. However the food was not good, it was EXCELLENT. Oh and I absolutely loved the decor. I could not stop starting. A collection of  amazing art pieces and cool designs which I totally love.

Imagine your rehearsal dinner on the private patio overlooking fantastic views of Downtown Disney. If you want to be closer to the action, then you can choose to have your event on one of the two patios on the ground level.
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Now, if you really want to go all out and impress your guests, you can have your rehearsal dinner inside the exclusive space where the stage is the located. How cool would it be to have dinner while a fabulous live band plays music for you and your guest?  It would be like your own personal concert. That would make for a memorable evening.  Check out how amazing this space is! I love it! Total bliss.IMG_3593 IMG_3608

If you want to keep more low key and intimate, then you consider holding your rehearsal dinner inside the restaurant. Guess what? The colors of the ceilings change color! Yep,  pretty neat right? IMG_3673

Whatever location you choose, you and your guests will have an unforgettable experience.

About House of Blues Anaheim...

Located in the DOWNTOWN DISNEY® District, House of Blues® is a richly unique setting for corporate and private events, meetings and parties.We provide the best in live music and eclectic cuisine, for events both large and small.

All House of Blues catering is done in house. Our chefs will provide you with the ultimate dining experience! We specialize in Southern-style style cuisine however can create custom menus based on your event needs. Our founders’ passion for the South guided the creation of our unique menu. Our chef’s developed artistic adaptations of traditional southern favorites such as Creole Jambalaya and BBQ Baby Back Ribs while creating dishes like Pan Seared Voodoo Shrimp. We take great pride in cooking from scratch with the freshest ingredients served with soulful southern hospitality.

House of Blues Restaurant & Music Hall reflect our signature “Juke Joint” atmosphere, featuring a large collection of American folk art pieces including pictures, paintings, furniture and sculpture. Home to the unique Quilts of Gees Bend, some of the pieces displayed date back to the early 1900’s and been featured as US postage stamps. Photos of the women who created their original quilts are displayed next to their work.

From commemorative co-branded House of Blues merchandise, customized gobo lights, interactive entertainment and creative decor options, House of Blues Anaheim’s versatility can perfectly complement your private event objectives. House of Blues and Live Nation bring knowledge, experience and event planning style, helping you create an everlasting special event to remember. Our in-house team can assist clients with event planning, including booking local bands, DJs or headline artists.