Planning A Rehearsal Dinner Menu

Backyard Rehearsal Dinner
We don’t often get to share inspiration for a rehearsal dinner so when I started to talking to the owner of a local catering company at a recent book signing I thought it might be fun for them to share their insights on how couples can make a great backyard rehearsal dinner menu. Thanks to Its Delicious & Elia’s Catering Company for sharing these ideas and thoughts with us today and Jacqueline Campbell Weddings for sharing these images with us.

10 Tips For Planning A Backyard Style Rehearsal Dinner Menu.
Backyard Rehearsal Dinner

1-  Theme- Determine the style of the rehearsal dinner- Will the venue be country comfort or upscale.  The style of the rehearsal dinner can complement the wedding, but it should not copy or overshadow it. Some couples opt for a complete contrast for their rehearsal dinner.
 Backyard Rehearsal Dinner
2. Serving your guests- Choose the desired way to serve the food- Some options are: buffet, appetizer stations & family-style.
3. “Signature Dish”- Depending on the location, have your caterer create a signature dish to give “out of town” guests a taste of the area.  Using local produce is a great start.
Backyard Rehearsal Dinner
4. Menu options-  Traditionally,  a  backyard event pares very well with a barbecue menu.  Some  caterers (like us) will do onsite BBQ’s which can be quite entertaining! For example a smoker or a pig cooker can be brought onsite and are a very popular choice for a backyard event.
Backyard Rehearsal Dinner
5. “A evening for the groom” – The rehearsal dinner menu could represent the “groom & his likes”.  Since the rehearsal dinner is traditionally paid for by the grooms family it wouldn’t be out of the norm to do something that reflects their son & his favorite foods.  Typically the wedding is about the bride, something special for the “groom” would be a nice touch. Focus on his hobbies & likes… Ie; Ball park theme, BBQ, chicken wing station, Steaks fresh off the grill, fresh mozzarella station..
Backyard Rehearsal Dinner
6. Other Menu Options-  Favorite foods the couple loves.
Relaxed Rehearsal Dinner
7. Sample San Antonio  BBQ Menu
-Pulled pork
-Beef brisket
-St. Louie ribs
-BBQ chicken & Herb basted grilled chicken
-Grilled corn on the cob- with Herb Butter
– southern style baked beans
– macaroni salad
-potato salad
– spring mix salad
Backyard Rehearsal Dinner
Remember it the simple things that make a big difference! Planning a wedding or rehearsal dinner is always like planning a family reunion, it should be comfortable and welcoming for your guests. The focus should always go into making the food taste fresh & amazing. Be creative when designing your theme.  DIY ideas are always exciting and give your guests the “wow” factor! These simple principals will ultimately give you an event that will be remembered for a lifetime!

Sources – catering advice: It’s Delicious & Elia’s Catering / photography: Jacqueline Campbell Weddings

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