Wedding Rehearsal Dinner | Scotch 'n Sirloin

When planning your rehearsal dinner, you want to make sure it helps set the stage for your wedding ceremony and festivities. Just as weddings have evolved from being a traditional ceremony to a highly individualized expression of the bride and groom’s personalities and love for each other, so have rehearsal dinners. Finding the right rehearsal dinner venue can be a challenge, but here are a few things to know.

What’s a Rehearsal Dinner?
The rehearsal dinner is a great opportunity for the two families to come together and get to know each other before the wedding. It’s a more relaxed atmosphere and allows everybody to sit and visit. Rehearsal dinners are traditionally held the night before the wedding to allow people who come from out of town to be part of it. However, some people have turned their rehearsal dinners into parties that go on late into the night, some brides prefer to have the rehearsal dinner a couple of days ahead of time to give all guests enough time to recuperate. Other couples have turned the rehearsal dinner into rehearsal breakfasts, tea parties or picnics on Saturday mornings. That’s often done for evening or Sunday weddings.

What’s on the Menu?
One of the best parts about hosting your rehearsal dinner is the great food – delicious, juicy steaks and sumptuous seafood are what we tend to have on the menu at rehearsal dinners hosted at the Scotch ‘n Sirloin. We have kept the quality of the food and service offered the same for over thirty years so you know it will be good no matter if you pick a sit-down dinner in our private dining hall, or a buffet style event, a picnic in your own backyard or at the park. Feel free to use the term “dinner” loosely. In recent years, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres or an informal party have all become the norm.

Where to Have It
Choose a restaurant or venue that suits your style. Make sure that wherever your rehearsal dinner will be held, your venue can handle the amount of people and has the staff to bring your vision to life.  If you chose a restaurant, ask if they have private dining or an event space available.

Consider Location and Convenience
Having your rehearsal dinner near the place where the wedding is held and near the hotels your guests are staying is not only convenient but also considerate. If you are celebrating your big day in or around Buffalo, NY, then the Scotch ‘n Sirloin is the place to be. The atmosphere is relaxed and the food is exceptional. With private dining rooms available at the Scotch ‘n Sirloin we are able to host small, medium and large rehearsal dinners accommodating groups of up to 60 people. Our staff will make sure to take care of your guests and be attentive to all you require. You can rest assured when you choose us for your rehearsal dinner location, we will be able to provide for your every need.

Our staff will assist you in planning this joyous occasion down to the smallest details. If you’ve chosen to partner with a wedding coordinator, we’re happy to work with them directly. We’re looking forward to help make this occasion even more special for you.

Who is Coming and Who is Hosting?
It’s your party, so you decide who gets to come. Immediate family and the wedding party should be invited. Traditional rehearsal dinner etiquette dictates that the groom’s parents pay for the rehearsal dinner. The bride’s parents pay for the wedding. However as more couples choose to pay for their own wedding, couples often pay for their own rehearsal dinner or share the expense and hosting responsibility with family. Remember, though, whoever foots the bill generally gets the final word on the locale.

Don’t forget your wedding (and rehearsal dinner) is your big day, so make sure it is true to your personality and what you want to do. Whatever you decide, the team at Scotch ‘n Sirloin is here to help you.