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50+ Fun Ideas for Your Rehearsal Dinner

It’s almost the big day! Your rehearsal dinner is the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy the celebration with your wedding party, family, and friends. Make it special with a few of these ideas for inspiration.

By: Mary Wozniak

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  • Fun Themes

    Fun Themes

    A colorful fiesta theme is instant fun. Go all out with a Mexican menu — don’t forget the mojitos!

  • Fun Themes

    Fun Themes

    Head out to the ranch for a cowboy cookout, or simply transform your backyard with gingham, mason jars, and other rustic décor.

    Photo Credit: Photography by Verdi

  • Fun Themes

    Fun Themes

    Treat your wedding party to a beachfront luau, complete with traditional Hawaiian music and hula dancing.

  • Fun Themes

    Fun Themes

    Build your theme around a favorite location or hobby, like this beach and fishing-themed celebration held near a marina with gorgeous sunset views.

    Photo Credit: Ellen Roy Photography

  • Fun Themes

    Fun Themes

    Think outside the box. Guests at this Goonies-themed rehearsal dinner enjoyed the cult classic on an inflatable movie screen.

  • Memorable Locations

    Memorable Locations

    An innovative locale, such as this elegant art gallery, sets the scene for an unforgettable celebration. 

  • Memorable Locations

    Memorable Locations

    Enjoy the sun and sand with a scenic waterside location.

  • Memorable Locations

    Memorable Locations

    Opt for a romantic winery setting.

  • Memorable Locations

    Memorable Locations

    A beautiful dockside location is perfect for a sunny, warm weather rehearsal dinner.

  • Memorable Locations

    Memorable Locations

    Take your crew to the bowling alley for a laid-back get together with casual fare.

  • Unique Stationery

    Unique Stationery

    Have fun with a unique invitation, like this vintage postcard with a movie billboard design.

    Photo Credit: Beyond Design/Etsy

  • Unique Stationery

    Unique Stationery

    Map out the festivities with a custom map. Be creative and add special locales, like the scene of your first date or the proposal site.

    Photo Credit: BP Calligraphy/Etsy

  • Unique Stationery

    Unique Stationery

    You’ve planned a fun weekend! Get all the details in one place with a charming custom itinerary.

  • Unique Stationery

    Unique Stationery

    Share your love story with a customized and printable dinner menu.

  • Unique Stationery

    Unique Stationery

    Set the stage and introduce the cast of characters with a fun playbill program.

    Photo Credit: Grand Way Press

  • Unique Stationery

    Unique Stationery

    Thank the ones who helped make it happen with this lovely printable dinner menu.

    Photo Credit: Dainty Printables

  • Delightful Décor

    Delightful Décor

    Honor your wedding party and special guests with pretty heart wine glass charms.

  • Delightful Décor

    Delightful Décor

    Tomorrow’s the day, and it’s going to be fabulous! This hand painted sign is made from reclaimed wood.

  • Delightful Décor

    Delightful Décor

    Your lobster fest is more fun with a punny “for butter or for worse.”

  • Delightful Décor

    Delightful Décor

    He stole your heart... these clever cups foretell tomorrow’s big event.

  • Delightful Décor

    Delightful Décor

    Creativity is key for a fun and vibrant décor. Add bright and cheerful garden flowers to these multi-hued tin cans for a knockout centerpiece.

  • Delightful Décor

    Delightful Décor

    Let ‘em know you’re “getting hitched”!

    Photo Credit: Photography by Verdi

  • Delightful Décor

    Delightful Décor

    One more day! Count down to the main event with custom cocktail napkins.

  • Innovative Menus

    Innovative Menus

    Think beyond the formal plated dinner for your menu. Guests at this casual but stylish affair enjoyed wood-fired build-your-owns pizzas.

  • Innovative Menus

    Innovative Menus

    Everyone loves an old-fashioned barbecue. Direct your guests to the fun with this handmade rustic signage.

    Photo Credit: Craft Mart Texas/Etsy

  • Innovative Menus

    Innovative Menus

    A beach lobster fest is perfect for your nautical theme or destination wedding.

  • Innovative Menus

    Innovative Menus

    Get your guests up and mingling with an interactive food station like this oyster bar.

  • Innovative Menus

    Innovative Menus

    Enjoy some brews before “I dos” with this chalkboard craft beer menu.

    Photo Credit: MJN Doodles/Etsy

  • Innovative Menus

    Innovative Menus

    Offer a taste of what’s to come with “wedding cake” popcorn. DIY a popcorn buffet with custom flavored seasonings and labels from In Nonna's Kitchen.

  • Innovative Menus

    Innovative Menus

    Offer a signature beverage like this oh-so-pretty spring blossom cocktail.

    Photo Credit: Bird's Party

  • Innovative Menus

    Innovative Menus

    You’ll want to pop open a bit of the bubbly. Even better: DIY champagne popsicles with pretty edible flowers.

    Photo Credit: Cooking with Janica

  • Innovative Menus

    Innovative Menus

    All you need is love... and ice cream. Add these cute wooden spoons for a sweet treat.

  • Innovative Menus

    Innovative Menus

    The rehearsal dinner is your chance to have some fun with a colorful and quirky cake design, like this lovebird cake. 

    Photo Credit: Pink Cake Box

  • Entertainment

    Entertainment

    You’ll definitely want some tunes. Music can enhance your décor and theme — this rehearsal dinner held in a rustic restored barn featured a banjo player and fiddler.

  • Entertainment

    Entertainment

    Imaginative entertainment keeps things lively. This dreamy island celebration included swaying palm trees, a steel drum band, and exciting fire dancers.

    Photo Credit: Monarch Studio

  • Entertainment

    Entertainment

    Gather around the fire pit. S’mores would be a nice touch.

  • Entertainment

    Entertainment

    Rustic outdoor dinner? Let your guests hitch a ride on the haywagon.

  • Entertainment

    Entertainment

    Keep your littlest guests — and their parents — happy with kid-friendly food and games. 

  • Fun Group Activities

    Fun Group Activities

    Spell f-u-n. Challenge your guests to a game of giant lawn Scrabble.

    Photo Credit: Redneck Retreat/Etsy

  • Fun Group Activities

    Fun Group Activities

    Try beer bottle “wedding ring toss,” handmade from rustic repurposed cedar.

  • Fun Group Activities

    Fun Group Activities

    Add sparkle to the action with a custom glittered vintage croquet set.

    Photo Credit: Mintage Home/Etsy

  • Fun Group Activities

    Fun Group Activities

    Go big or go home with giant-sized dominoes or Jenga.

    Photo Credit: Redneck Retreat/Etsy

  • Fun Group Activities

    Fun Group Activities

    Get the golfers out on the green for a fun putting contest.

  • Fun Group Activities

    Fun Group Activities

    Pick teams for a friendly game of corn hole with these custom corn hole boards, upcycled from reclaimed wood.

  • Fun Group Activities

    Fun Group Activities

    Your guests will enjoy sharing memories of your love story.

  • Fun Group Activities

    Fun Group Activities

    Create instant memories of the festivities with a Polaroid camera station.

  • Fun Group Activities

    Fun Group Activities

    Offer a trivia challenge based on your theme, like this '80s trivia game.

  • Special Gift Bags & Favors

    Special Gift Bags & Favors

    Welcome everyone to the festivities with customized gift bag notes or tags.

    Photo Credit: 76th Street Ink/Etsy

  • Special Gift Bags & Favors

    Special Gift Bags & Favors

    Have a Coke with your wedding party! Custom labels make for a fun beverage and a great favor.

  • Fun Group Activities

    Fun Group Activities

    Every dinner guest will offer words of wisdom to the happy couple with these double-duty coasters.

    Photo Credit: Lucky Bee Press/Etsy

  • Special Gift Bags & Favors

    Special Gift Bags & Favors

    Beer can koozies are a perfect favor for your “I do BBQ.”

  • Special Gift Bags & Favors

    Special Gift Bags & Favors

    Sow the seeds of love. Seed packets are a sweet and simple rehearsal dinner favor.

    Photo Credit: Izzy and Loll/Etsy

50+ Fun Ideas for Your Rehearsal Dinner

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