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!

Five Hot Tips for Bridesmaids


Congratulations! You have been chosen to be the next best thing after being an actual bride. Think about it- you get to throw pre-parties with your friends, you can book yourself guilt-free spa treatments & beauty appointments, and you will ultimately spend an entire weekend lavishing in the joys of fantastic food, fashion, and friendship. Behold our Five Hottest Tips for the Bride’s Favorite Ladies.

1. Share your ideas with the bride, but don’t be hurt if she doesn’t use them. Most of the time, the bride has a pretty good idea of exactly what she wants her wedding day to look like. That doesn’t mean she has thought or heard of everything! Be open with your suggestions because you never know what might strike her fancy. If she signals for you to slow down, then respect her wishes and share only the best few ideas that you find. At the end of the day, it’s all about the bride and her specific vision.

2. Bring extra cash. No doubt you have heard of packing a wedding day emergency kit complete with bandages, aspirin, tweezers, and a needle & thread. These things are great, but they cannot buy you the conveniences that cash can offer. Let’s say you forgot something at home; you can pick up just about anything at the local drugstore. Taxi cabs take cash, waiters take cash, and cash-only bars take cash. Get the idea? Money talks!

3. Have a classy, unique toast prepared (hint: keep it short!). Should there be an unfortunate situation where the Maid of Honor bawls through the entire toast, is too nervous, or no one could hear her, have a few thoughtful lines prepared that sum up how special/hilarious/happy/thankful the bride and groom are, and deliver them like a boss. A nod to the parents in case someone forgets to thank them is another quick go-to toast and absolutely necessary if they are not otherwise mentioned.

4. Ask the bride for a list of no-no’s, and stick to it! The bride most likely has a mental list of cringe worthy conversation topics (exes, wedding costs, bachelorette party secrets) and behavior (complaining, constant texting, smoking near her dress) that she is hoping to avoid during the bridal festivities. By approaching her with this request, it takes the pressure off her from having to bring it up or worse– address problems directly on her wedding day. Some brides will already have this list prepared, and be very vocal about her no-no’s. But if you know your bud has a hard time being assertive, this list will be a lifesaving tool for her to keep the no-no’s at bay so she can relax and have the perfect day.

5. Be familiar with the wedding day logistics. Your bridesmaid dress acts like a beacon for guests to come and request information. Since you’re in the bridal party, you must know everything about the reception, transportation, where gifts go, you-name-it, right? If you don’t, study up! Review maps of where the ceremony and reception will take place. Know alternate routes in case there are road closures or an accident. Be familiar with the timing of events, things to do in the area, where people should park, etc. because you can’t always count on those groomsmen to know!

Share these tips with the bride and fellow bridesmaids. Better yet, add on some of your own must-have hot tips! Happy Bridesmaiding!