If your wedding party is not very large, consider hosting the rehearsal dinner at home. The groom’s family traditionally hosts this event. But if it is agreed by all parties, the even could be hosted by a close friend or relative. The bride should consult with the hostess regarding the food and drinks to be served. Leave the decorating up to the hostess. Just be sure the home is large enough to accommodate the entire wedding party and their guests.
If you are having a large wedding and would still like to have a more casual rehearsal dinner, consider one with country flair. This is especially popular in rural areas. Rent a party room at your local community center and decorate with bales of hay and dried cornstalks bundled together. This is a wonderful way to celebrate during the fall months. Dress the tables with red and white checkered coverings with centerpieces of dried wheat in large canning jars. Colorful bandanas under each jar will to the mood.
The menu could include pulled pork barbeque, rolls, corn on the cob, coleslaw, potato salad and various homemade pies for dessert. A keg of beer, iced tea and lemonade would be perfect beverages to have available.
For entertainment you may want to have an old fashioned square dance if you know of a “caller” in the area. Or perhaps you know of a Blue Grass band who would like to perform. To save on the entertainment expense, you may want to bring a CD player and keep the music playing all night.
Make sure your guests know at the time they receive their invitation that this is a casual event. Blue jeans, bib overalls, flannel or plaid shirts, denim skirts and cowboy boots are perfect attire for this style of rehearsal dinner.