A rehearsal dinner is the perfect pre-wedding event to help nix some of your wedding day jitters. Like any big occasion, your big day will run much more smoothly with a little practice. The bonus is that a rehearsal dinner is an ideal opportunity for relatives and wedding party members to get acquainted and feel more at ease when walking down the aisle on your big day. And it's a good thing you chose Ohio for your wedding because there is a fabulous mix of rehearsal dinner locations from which to choose.
Selecting a Rehearsal Dinner Spot
After the bride, groom and their respective wedding parties have put in enough practice time at the rehearsal, a lunch or dinner for guests is often on the agenda. This rehearsal dinner is when everyone gets to chat while eating tasty food and kicking off the weekend's festivities.
First, determine what kind of rehearsal dinner you would like to have. Are you looking for a posh restaurant locale? A no-big-deal burgers and beer joint? Or do you see your dinner taking place at a romantic cafe?
Regardless of the setting you are seeking, talk things over with you significant other, determine a budget and then begin researching event venues. The Buckeye State is packed with spots that are right up your alley.
A Romantic Dinner to Set the Mood
This weekend is going to be jam-packed with love, so why not kick it off with a rehearsal dinner at an equally lovey-dovey restaurant? If you want to stick to the classics, then these Ohio locations are exactly what you are seeking:
Jazz it Up
For the couple who likes to keep things interesting, there are plenty of unique Ohio locations that can serve as the ideal spot for your location. Why not try a fondue party? The Melting Pot
in Columbus is home to yummy breads, meats and even desserts that can all be dipped in a warm cheese or chocolate creation. Your guests will leave full! Other one-of-a-kind ideas include The Essencha Tea House
in Cincinnati where guests can munch on delicious food and choose from loads of hot or cold teas as their beverage; an artsy spot, like the Columbus Museum of Art
or Cincinnati Art Museum
; a totally swanky rehearsal dinner at the House of Blues
in Cleveland; and even the ideal event for sports lovers at Progressive Field, home to the Cleveland Indians
All of these interesting Ohio spots are sure to make things exciting for the bride and groom who love a little flavor in their lives!
Consider the Groom's Parents
If you are sticking with tradition and the groom's parents are paying for the rehearsal dinner, then be sure to discuss all of your restaurant options with them. It is considerate to remember that they may have a budget of their own, and that they should be involved in the selection of a rehearsal dinner spot. This is a perfect opportunity for all of you to bond during the planning process, and for the bride and groom to make sure they do not step on anyone's toes.
Now that you have chosen the spot for your rehearsal dinner, it is time to get the details in order just as you have with your wedding day. Remember to coordinate table linens, decorations and flower arrangements to your specifications. And discuss with the event planner special touches that will make this dinner a fabulous kickoff to your wedding day.