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Let the Pre-Wedding Celebrations Begin! Remember “This” While Prepping for Your Rehearsal Dinner | Restaurants

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Let the Pre-Wedding Celebrations Begin! Remember “This” While Prepping for Your Rehearsal Dinner
Let the Pre-Wedding Celebrations Begin! Remember “This” While Prepping for Your Rehearsal Dinner

Pre-wedding celebrations are all the rave leading up to your big day. Bridal showers, bachelorette and bachelor parties, and rehearsal dinners offer exciting breaks to unwind between the wedding planning anxieties. 

Let’s discuss a less talked about event that shows your bridal party how much you truly care—the rehearsal dinner. Usually held the night before the wedding day, this is a special event that tends to be cut way too short due to overtime in ceremony rehearsal.  

Gabe’s Downtown catering coordinator, Michelle Pethel, shared some key points when prepping for your rehearsal dinner. Gabe’s Downtown, owned by Tammy and Gabe Toups, offers classic upscale Louisiana fare in a casual setting. The restaurant may even compliment your rehearsal dinner needs seamlessly. In planning your dinner, consider…

  • An extra 30 minutes… “Since most people run over time at rehearsals, give yourself an extra 30 minutes when setting your reservation,” says Michelle. This helps if you are hosting your dinner at a restaurant. Also, keep in mind the minutes to travel from the rehearsal venue to the restaurant. If you will ever be late, be respectful of the venue and call ahead.
  • Early afternoon rehearsal… “Think about having your rehearsal in the early afternoon instead of evening,” suggests Michelle. This will give you plenty of time to enjoy a dinner filled with the warmness of friends and family.
  • Convenience and flexibility… “You can rent the restaurant [Gabe’s Downtown] out when we’re not open,” says Michelle. By renting the restaurant, you will have the convenience of utilizing the entire space. 
  • Catering… “You can have your rehearsal dinner catered so you don’t have to go to a restaurant,” says Michelle. Hosting the dinner at your ceremony venue or home can save time, and you may even come out cheaper.

Michelle’s points have one common thread—time. In making your dinner an evening to remember, allot enough time for everyone attending to become familiar with each other and enjoy themselves. For many brides and grooms, the rehearsal dinner is the first opportunity for their families and friends to meet and mingle.  Make it pleasurable and unforgettable! 

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