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The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Perfect Rehearsal Dinner


Let's talk about your rehearsal dinner plans. This is a time for close family and friends to come together and celebrate the upcoming nuptials in a more intimate setting. Planning a rehearsal dinner can seem overwhelming, but with the right tips and guidance, you can create a memorable evening that sets the tone for your wedding day. Some wedding venues seem to completely ignore the rehearsal dinner, we make sure this important occasion has a beautiful spotlight.






The first step in planning a rehearsal dinner is to determine the guest list. Typically, the guest list will include immediate family members, bridal party members, and out-of-town guests who have traveled for the wedding. It's important to have an accurate headcount so you can choose an appropriate venue and plan accordingly. Once you have finalized your guest list, consider what type of atmosphere you want for the rehearsal dinner. Do you envision a casual backyard barbecue or an elegant sit-down dinner at a restaurant? The venue should reflect your personal style and set the tone for the evening.



Next, it's time to decide on a menu for the rehearsal dinner. Depending on your budget and preferences, you can choose from a variety of options such as buffet-style dining, plated meals, or even food stations. Consider any dietary restrictions or allergies among your guests when selecting menu items. If you're having trouble deciding on a menu, don't be afraid to ask for recommendations from Batten Green. We have a carefully curated list of catering professionals offering a variety of cuisine styles and price points.




In addition to food, don't forget about beverages for your rehearsal dinner. Whether you opt for an open bar with signature cocktails or simply offer beer and wine, it's important to provide options that suit your guests' preferences. You may also want to consider hiring a bartender or mixologist to create custom drinks that tie into your wedding theme or colors. Remember that not everyone will drink alcohol, so be sure to offer non-alcoholic beverages as well.




When it comes to decor for your rehearsal dinner, simplicity is key. Since this event is meant to be more relaxed than the wedding itself, focus on creating an inviting atmosphere with subtle touches that complement your overall wedding aesthetic. Consider using elements such as candles, fresh flowers, and personalized place cards to add a special touch to the tablescape. If you're hosting an outdoor rehearsal dinner, string lights or lanterns can create a romantic ambiance as the sun sets. Batten Green couples can enjoy our indoor & dining spaces, provided in their full wedding weekend packages. Our couples never pay extra for their rehearsal event spaces or time.





Planning a rehearsal dinner is an exciting opportunity to gather with loved ones before your big day. By following these tips and staying organized throughout the process, you can create a memorable event that sets the stage for your wedding celebration. Remember that this is a time for relaxation and enjoyment with those closest to you, so don't stress over every little detail. Trust in your vision and enjoy every moment leading up to saying "I do." Cheers to love and happiness!





Additional elements you may want to consider: timeline for the rehearsal dinner, incorporating personal touches and traditions, and ways to involve your guests in the celebration. That said, please do not feel pressure to make all of your events costly, stressful or complicated. Rehearsal dinners can be fun & casual events. Your wedding guests will be thrilled with their wedding experience at Batten Green because they are there to celebrate your wedding. The most important priority is to enjoy your experience together!





We sincerely thank you for visiting our blog and hope this information helps you plan your rehearsal dinner. If you are searching for your Shenandoah Valley wedding venue, we would like to invite you & your fiancé to schedule a venue visit. You can visit our gallery for more images and information on how unique & beautiful weddings can be at Batten Green. Additionally, if you follow our social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, you will find lots of wedding inspiration & more planning tips.


Our full weekend package includes exclusive use of the entire 12-acre property from Friday to Sunday, and we offer on-site, overnight accommodations for up to 28 guests. Batten Green features multiple indoor and outdoor event spaces for couples to host a variety of wedding weekend events including the ceremony, reception, and rehearsal dinner. Contact us to schedule a venue tour.

Weddings & Events: events@battengreen.com


Special thanks to Millpond Photography for providing most of the images featured in this article.


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