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How to Plan an Outdoor Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

Summertime is usually filled with all sorts of fun events, and weddings are no exception.  If you are one of those lucky enough to be getting married this summer, you are probably nearly overworking yourself planning all of your exciting wedding preparations.  Lucky for you, we have put together this stress-reducing guide to holding an outdoor wedding rehearsal dinner so that you don’t forget a thing.

Planning Tips for Outdoor Wedding Rehearsal Dinners

When you are planning a Chicago-area outdoor wedding rehearsal, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to make sure the big event goes off without a hitch.  When it comes to making sure you have all the important outdoor event planning essentials, use this list as your outdoor wedding rehearsal check list:

  1. Outdoor venue with ample space (for seating, food tables, entertainment and parking)
  2. Overhead covering (to protect in case of inclement weather or too much sun)
  3. Restrooms (within easy walking distance)
  4. Food and beverages
  5. Entertainment (music, games, etc.)
  6. Decorations (keeping with the theme of the wedding)
  7. Microphone and speakers (for speeches and toasts)
  8. Photographer (to capture all of those must-have memories)

The Top 3 Items for Your Outdoor Wedding Rehearsal

A few notes about the above checklist. Making sure you have an outdoor wedding rehearsal venue with plenty of parking and room to host a fun event is key.  Even more key, though, is making certain you have some sort of overhead cover—either a pavilion, tent, or some sort of water-resistant canopy—that will help block out rain or too much sun, should either occur.  The last thing you want is to be caught in the middle of a downpour during the middle of your outdoor celebration, or having all of your guests walking away with massive sunburns that will detract from your special day.  The third key element is restrooms.  Make sure that there are restrooms nearby or within walking distance of your outdoor wedding rehearsal dinner event space.

Outdoor Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Entertaining and Hosting Tips

Once you are sure you have gotten all of those items figured out, it is time to make sure your food and beverages, entertainment and decorations are ready to go. All of these things should go hand-in-hand with the theme of your wedding event, matching the same feel, tone, color scheme and level of excitement as much as possible. Entertainment does not need to be anything too spectacular—a simple playlist of dinner music matching your wedding theme would suffice!

Capture the Memories at Your Outdoor Wedding Rehearsal

If you are having anyone give speeches at your outdoor wedding rehearsal event, make sure they know about them in advance.  Better yet, if your ceremony does not allow the bride and groom to recite their own written vows, the rehearsal dinner is an excellent time to share them.  Make sure you have a microphone and sound equipment to facilitate, and a photographer to capture those memories and plenty of others from the rest of the evening.

For plenty more wedding planning tips, menu ideas, event planning inspiration and tons of other tips and tricks, check out 47 Outdoor Summer Wedding Ideas, the Tasty Catering Wedding Guide or peruse our Pinterest boards.

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