If you are a bride-to-be, chances are you have set the date, booked the wedding venue, found the dress and are now well on your way to planning the perfect wedding. Now it’s time to think about the Rehearsal Dinner!
Although it’s origins are unclear, rehearsal dinners are an important part of the traditional wedding weekend and a great way for the families and wedding party to become acquainted. If you are in the process of planning a rehearsal dinner, here are some basic tips/etiquette to bear in mind:
- We recommend booking the rehearsal dinner venue four to six months in advance of the event to give yourself plenty of time to plan.
- The event is typically held the evening before the big day and is custom for the groom’s family to host; though more and more couples are sharing the expenses or even hosting themselves depending on their circumstances.
- There are no rules as far as how formal you want to make the event, but your goal should be to make everyone invited feel welcome and comfortable.
- The rehearsal dinner is an appropriate time for the bride and groom to subtly present gifts to the bridal-party and express their gratitude for their support.
- The host of the party (usually the groom’s mother and/or father) toasts the bride and her family. Traditionally, the groom also toasts his new wife, the guests, and the hosts.
- Depending on budget, the guest list is fairly flexible. It should include the bride and groom (of course) along with immediate family members, the wedding party and their spouses/significant others, and the officiant and guest. Some rehearsal dinners also include family members and friends who have traveled to be there for the big day.
- If including out-of-town guests at the rehearsal dinner stretches your budget too far, you could host an “after-party” at a bar or restaurant so you will have a chance to include them in the festivities.
Our goal is to make every event special, no matter the occasion. The Bentley’s Grill catering team brings the Northwest’s freshest seasonal offerings to the table. Select items from our extensive menu or work with our staff to create a customized meal that you and your guests are sure to remember.
So which room is right for your rehearsal dinner? Here are some locations you can choose from:
The Liberty Room
- Newest Private Dining Area inside Bentley’s Grill
- Versatile seating arrangements
- Can accommodate up to 45 people in a banquet setting
- Ideal for Holiday Parties, Reunions, Business Luncheons, Rehearsal Dinners, Small Receptions, Birthday & Anniversary Parties
- Semi-private dining environment in Bentley’s Grill
- Guests will enjoy the elegance and atmosphere of our restaurant
- Perfect for smaller groups up to 15 people, birthday/anniversary celebrations, after hours cocktail party and more.
The Board Room
- 1,204 square foot meeting room inside The Grand Hotel in Salem
- Catering Available from Bentley’s Grill
- Flexible, elegant, meeting space
- Can accommodate up to 60 people
- Ideal for corporate events, trainings, special events, and cocktail receptions.
The Marion Room
- Spacious room inside the Grand Hotel in Salem
- Can can accommodate up to 100 people
- Available after 12pm each day
- Ideal for corporate breakout space, luncheons, receptions, hosted dinners, hosted dinners, and more!!
Your event guests will also enjoy free covered parking, free Wifi, convenient downtown Salem location, and a flexible and knowledgable event staff. Don’t wait too long! For questions and space reservations, please contact Soraida Cross at 503-779-1413 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.