Thanksgiving is the time of year when everyone comes together to celebrate what they’re thankful for – and there’s no better way to celebrate this season than with a wedding. If you’re hosting your wedding on Thanksgiving weekend, consider hosting your rehearsal dinner on the night before or the night after Thanksgiving. Today we’re sharing 8 ideas for a Thanksgiving rehearsal dinner.
Choosing a Location
Choosing a location for your Thanksgiving rehearsal dinner should be much easier than finding a wedding venue. Because you’re not hosting as many people, you can pick your favorite restaurant, lounge or venue that will accommodate.
A restaurant is a great place to host your rehearsal dinner. Rent out a room and serve your guests family style while you go over the logistics of your wedding day. Choose a restaurant that is a part of your story – maybe you had your first date there or maybe you ordered takeout from there every weekend. Either way, incorporating a special restaurant into your wedding will make your rehearsal dinner that much more special.
You could also rent our your favorite bar or lounge and have guests gather there after your ceremony rehearsal. Cater in your favorite food and enjoy your last night before you say “I do” with special people in a special place.
Thanksgiving generally has a rustic feel to it, so incorporate that into your rehearsal dinner decor. Line wooden tables with a runner and adorn the center of the table with various candles, garlands and lanterns – this mix is simple to set up and has a wonderful fall feel.
One fun way to add some color to your Thanksgiving rehearsal dinner is to use vintage glassware – cut crystal carnival glass can be found at many different vintage shops or antique stores, or maybe a family member has a few pieces you can borrow as well. Incorporating them into your rehearsal adds a touch of vintage feel and a splash of color.
At each guest’s seat, place a name card and a small adornment – like a bundle of berries or a sprig of rosemary – just something small to add an extra special touch to your place settings. Guests will be surrounded by rustic beauty when celebrating your big day.
A Season to be Thankful
No matter where you hold your Thanksgiving rehearsal dinner or how you decorate it, it’s the perfect time to thank your family and bridal party for being a part of your day. They’re all there for a reason – they’re important people in your lives and expressing your gratitude for them, especially this time of year, would be a wonderful gesture. Whether you give them a small token of your appreciation or tell them with words, have them leave knowing that you’re thankful that they’re a part of your wedding.
There’s no better time of year to host a rehearsal dinner than Thanksgiving, with friends and family home and gathered together you’ll have the most special celebration.
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