Before the big day, there’s a pretty big night: the rehearsal. And while it’s traditionally the groom who carries out planning a rehearsal dinner, it’s up to everyone involved to make it a night to remember. Planning a rehearsal dinner that leaves guests looking forward takes a few important steps to pull off the eve of your wedding with ease. The wedding planners at Eastlyn Golf Course & The Greenview Inn offer their tips on planning a rehearsal dinner effortlessly ahead of time, so you can enjoy the night in loving company.

Guest List

In the traditional sense, guests of a rehearsal dinner typically include the wedding party, immediate family, and a few of your closest friends. If you have out-of-towners attending the wedding, chances are, you’re pretty close. Inviting them along for the rehearsal is a nice way to show you appreciate their travels and being a part of your big day. There are no rules for your rehearsal guest list–invite who you’d like! Just remember, the higher the headcount, the higher the cost.


Finding the perfect venue when planning a rehearsal dinner really sets the tone for the evening. Are you looking for something low-key? Something with class? Determine, first, what you and your fiancé are looking for, and find a place that suits your taste and budget. The wedding experts at Eastlyn suggest nailing down the guest list first so you know how spacious the venue should be and have a clear headcount before choosing the…


Unless you’re planning a rehearsal dinner at a restaurant with options to choose from, you’ll need to think about catering. Putting together a menu for honored guests should take some thought. Maybe you want to serve traditional fare from your family’s heritage. Maybe you’d like to serve something home style. Whatever you choose, keep in mind you may not want to tread too closely to what’s being served at your wedding reception.

The Point of it All

Remember the reason you’re gathering with your closest family and friends is not because it’s just what people do. It’s about appreciating everyone involved for their support. Think about what you’d like to say to your nearest and dearest when planning a rehearsal dinner. Take some time to thank your friends, thank your parents, thank your in-laws, and thank your spouse-to-be.

Are you in the process of planning a rehearsal dinner? Eastlyn Golf Course & The Greenview Inn located in Vineland, NJ specializes in making weddings and rehearsals memorable with their beautiful indoor/outdoor patio and exquisite menu options. Call 856.691.5558 ext. 3 to book your rehearsal or visit to learn more.