Summer nights are the perfect excuse for a festive soiree, whether you're celebrating a wedding or not! We love the idea of bringing a unique twist to summer rehearsal dinners by infusing them with fun summer activities, in lieu of a more formal rehearsal dinner.
The best part about a welcome party or rehearsal dinner is that you're free to do just about anything and need not feel constrained by the theme or level of formality of the impending wedding reception.
We've rounded up a few of our favorite summer rehearsal dinner ideas that are sure to wow guests and create memories for a lifetime.
Lowcountry Crab Boil
Whether you're getting in married in Charleston, or a piece of your heart simply belongs to the Lowcountry, a crab boil is a wonderful way to kick off your celebration weekend!
Yacht Cocktail Party
Few things are better than an afternoon spent out on the water with charcuterie and wine flowing freely. A coastal wedding is a perfect excuse to host a yacht cocktail party and take guests on a tour of the harbor.
Perfect for a wedding in the Hamptons or on Nantucket, guests are sure to enjoy a traditional oyster roast. Mini hot sauce bottles or calligraphed lemons as escort cards are a fun way to carry the theme through the whole evening.
Bring an upscale twist to a traditional BBQ by offering pulled pork sliders and mac and cheese fritters for guests to enjoy in a fun al fresco setting.
A laid-back poolside soiree is a fun, and summery, way to welcome guests to your wedding weekend! What's more, the pool is a perfect backdrop just begging to be decked out with floating flowers or balloons to complement the rehearsal dinner decor.
Did you travel as a couple to Napa early in your relationship for a wine tasting weekend away? Pay homage to your shared love of vino by hosting a rehearsal dinner at a winery with some of your favorite varietals for guests to enjoy.
Taco & Margarita Fiesta
It doesn't need to be Taco Tuesday in order to enjoy your favorite fish or carne asada tacos with prickly pear or peach margaritas on the side!
Diner en Blanc Party
Nothing is more classic and summery than crisp white! While guests will steer clear of donning white at your actual wedding, a diner en blanc welcome party is sure to wow guests and make the most darling pictures!
How are you planning to welcome guests to your wedding weekend? We're dying to know: what fun and unique rehearsal dinner ideas do we need to plan next?
Style Me Pretty Contributor - Hannah Nowack is a freelance writer, calligrapher, and event designer living in the Midwest. When she isn't working, you will find her decorating her Danish Modern-inspired apartment, frequenting the gourmet cheese counter, or enjoying a glass of Cabernet with friends.