Last week I shared details on Michael and I’s wedding welcome party, and today I’m sharing all the details on our rehearsal dinner!
Destination Wedding Rehearsal Dinner
As opposed to a traditional hometown wedding, as I’ve mentioned before, most all of your guests are likely to already be at the wedding destination on the night of the wedding rehearsal when you’re having a destination wedding. Since this was the case at our wedding, we wanted to treat our guests to dinner and drinks on the Friday night before our wedding. We invited our entire guest list to our rehearsal dinner.
Destination weddings generally lend themselves to having a smaller guest list. Since this is the case in most scenarios, inviting everyone to the rehearsal dinner is a bit more feasible.
Our Rehearsal Dinner
For our rehearsal dinner, we wanted to stick to the casual beach theme of the weekend. We opted for a Bahamian barbecue on one of the lawns at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar. The Baha Mar did a fantastic job at putting the dinner together. We had two open bars and two buffet style lines for guests to serve themselves. One buffet was actually flanked with chefs preparing barbecue items on the grill for all of our guests to enjoy. There was also a dessert table!
We timed the dinner so that guests arrived and were able to enjoy cocktails while Michael, I, and our wedding party attended the actual rehearsal on the beach. We joined our guests for drinks and mingling and then the buffets opened. After everyone was seated and had time to enjoy dinner, Mr. Jess, Michael’s dad, greeted everyone and introduced a photo slideshow that Michael and I prepared for the night. The Baha Mar set up the technical aspects of showing the video. After the slideshow, there were a few speeches and toasts, which were both heartfelt and hilarious!
Our rehearsal dinner lasted around 3 hours, which was the perfect amount of time for everyone to mingle, enjoy dinner, and even have a few after dinner drinks!
If it’s in your budget, I highly recommend having an all inclusive rehearsal dinner. As with the welcome party, it provides another opportunity for you, as the couple, to spend time with your guests. This was one of my favorite things about having a destination wedding – Michael and I were able to spend so much time with all of our friends and family in one place. It was wonderful!