The “Great Outdoors” Escort Card Table decorated with a beautiful, rustic candelabrum accented with chocolate brown and apple green flowers and feathers.

One of the most important, most overlooked, relaxed and fun-filled moments of a wedding weekend is the Rehearsal Dinner.

A Rehearsal Dinner is a pre-wedding ceremony in tradition, usually held after the wedding rehearsal and the night before the wedding ceremony. The guests generally include the couple to be married and others who form the wedding party, but may also include extended family and out-of-town guests. The parents of the groom traditionally incur the cost of the rehearsal dinner.

The purpose of the rehearsal dinner is for the relatives and friends of the bride and groom to meet and have a good time. The couple generally takes this opportunity to thank everyone who has put work into helping them with the wedding preparations. Activities generally include toasting and the presentation of small gifts for those who have helped plan the wedding.

The Rehearsal Dinner is an opportunity for the groom’s family to really let their taste, character and style shine.

I have designed everything from Backyard BBQ’s to Art Gallery Seated Dinners. Any theme is acceptable, and the most popular adjectives I hear are: masculine, earthy, natural, modern, architectural — truly a time to reflect on the groom’s style. Be sure to have fun with it.

Unique decorations distinguish the bride & groom chairs.

If he is a Harley Davidson rider — why not have one parked at the entrance to dinner? Does he have a favorite beverage or beer? Use the bottles as floral containers. Use this time as an opportunity to make introductions and good first impressions.

A few fun ways to peak interest is to use unique place cards or table numbers of the couple’s favorite places — where they went to school, where they vacationed, or old school photographs of their childhood. Conversation starters are great ideas to keep in mind since this dinner may be the first time the two families have met.

A Rehearsal Dinner is all about the details. Find your inspiration and let your local florist help you design a dinner – incorporating complementary floral, containers and design to reflect your family and most importantly, your groom.

What are some interesting decorating and theme ideas you’ve seen at Rehearsal Dinners?