Planning a Rehearsal Dinner

A Rehearsal Dinner is a pre-wedding ceremony, typically held immediately after the ceremony rehearsal.  Guests are the bride, groom, bridal party, close family and friends, particularly those who will play a part in the wedding ceremony.  The Rehearsal Dinner provides the bride and groom an occasion to thank those who participated in the wedding preparations and give both sides of the family an opportunity to meet before the wedding day.

The following may assist you in your planning of the Rehearsal Dinner:

Who is responsible for hosting the Rehearsal Dinner?  — Typically, the Rehearsal Dinner is hosted by the groom and his family.  The Rehearsal Dinner should present an interesting counterpoint to the atmosphere and style of the wedding reception.  Love formal dinner parties?  Hate formal dinner parties?  There are no rules.  Your rehearsal dinner can be anything you want it to be — a formal dinner affair, a backyard barbeque or taco party with jeans and t-shirts, or anything in between.  It is YOUR event – usually the kick-off celebration of YOUR wedding.  Even if the wedding is formal, the Rehearsal Dinner doesn’t have to be.  Choose the type of event that you and your family and friends will be comfortable with.

Photo by Shane Falgout Photography

Help! — Don’t know where to start?  No problem.  One call to The Caldwell House is all it takes.  A Caldwell consultant will assist you in planning the rehearsal dinner.  At The Caldwell, you have the freedom to coordinate rehearsal dinner activities as you choose – cocktails, dinner, toasting, giving of gifts, etc. – and The Caldwell staff will be there to assist.  Included in the rehearsal dinner package is buffet service with fleur de lis glass plates, silverware and glassware, sure to impress your family and friends.  Soft music can be played on The Caldwell music system, or you may choose to have a small instrumental ensemble.  Unlike a busy restaurant, your rehearsal dinner will be a private affair and our staff will help make it a stress-free, memorable event for all!

Visit The Caldwell House webpage on what we have to offer regarding Rehearsal Dinners.


The Caldwell House Stuffed Portobello Breakfast Nest

This simple but unusual breakfast item is sure to impress your guests and your family!

2 Portobello mushrooms, stems cut and cavity scraped

2 large eggs

1 TBSP olive oil

1 tsp. fresh basil, chopped

2 strips cooked bacon, crumbled

salt and pepper to taste


Drizzle olive oil on portobello mushrooms and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Place mushrooms on a greased baking sheet.

Sprinkle the basil and bacon in cavity.

Crack open the eggs and carefully put one inside each mushroom.

Bake for 12-15 minutes at 325 degrees.