Rehearsal Dinner Ideas: ITALIAN ROMANCE!

Mio Amore!

This theme has all of my favorites – pasta, wine, and kisses!

I just love this sweet idea from Martha Stewart. The bright vases against the black and white tablecloth really pop! Bring in the wine theme with actual wine bottles as your centerpieces or to number your tables. I love the use of corks sprinkled on the tables too!

Now all that’s left is the menu! Here are some delicious dishes on Glendalough’s Italian Rehearsal Dinner Menu:

  • Fresh Caesar Sald with Croutons

  • Caprese Salad with homemade balsamic glaze

  • Meat or Vegetable Lasagna

  • Chicken Parmesan over Angel Hair Pasta

  • Cannolis

Buon Appetito!

L’amore è per sempre! (Love is Forever!)


Rehearsal Dinner Ideas: FIESTA!

Let’s talk about themes!

This one is for my MOG’s (Mother of the Groom). We have quite a few rehearsal dinners here at Glendalough Manor. If a bride is having her wedding here, we waive the room rental for the rehearsal dinner! The only cost is food and beverages! So what can you do with that extra cash you saved?? I’m happy to share some super cute ideas!

Say it with me…FIESTA

Go on! Have a fiesta!! I love these paper flower balls in those beautiful bold colors. If you can’t find some great neon centerpieces, just use spray paint! It’s pretty inexpensive to get those small white or silver pales at your local craft store. Just add hot pink, lime green, and sunset orange and BAM…you’ve got a fiesta! 

This theme is perfect for Glendalough Manor’s Mexican Fiesta Rehearsal Dinner Menu! Here is a little taste of this delicious and festive menu:

  • Mexican Tossed Salad
  • Steak and Chicken Fajitas
  • Cheese Enchiladas
  • Mexican Rice
  • Ranchero Beans
  • Chips and Salsa (Salsa-Mango, Chipolte, and Pico de Gallo)
  • Cinnamon Crisps and Vanilla Ice Cream


‘Do It Yourself’ place card/Escort card displays and ideas!

I had a bride ask for some ideas on place cards/escort cards. These are some of my favorites! I want to challenge you to get creative! It’s your wedding! Don’t just go through the motions with this. Make it yours!

Gosh how easy is that! You can get a giant hole punch from your local craft store, use double sided tape or fabric glue to glue a small piece of fabric to a card, then place the other piece on top. Write or print your guests’ names and now you’ve got a beautiful display!

Here’s another easy way to make your placecards/escort cards unique and fun!

Look how cute!!! Simple printing and then these were clothes pinned to maroon colored ribbon on a memory board. SO EASY!

And I absolutely LOVE this idea. It’s so fresh! The cards look really unique. And all they did was use a bigger font on the first letters. Simple!

Totally fun idea! Put a background or print on your place cards! Look at these polka-dot ones! I LOVE POLKA-DOTS!

Got a beach theme? Look at what this bride did with sand dollars…smart!

Maybe you have a rustic or country elegance theme. This couple just got some fallen pine limbs, cut the limbs, and printed round cards to put on top! What a great DIY (do it yourself) project for the groom to help with!

Okay just one more…this one is for my vintage theme weddings. These place cards look like something out of a Jane Austin novel. It looks complicated but with the help of some hole punches and funky scissors, you can really make something special!

Okay just kidding! I forgot I found one more super cute idea! This one is for my organic brides or green brides. These are little pieces of bamboo with a slit put in the top to hold the card. Make sure to use recycled paper!

I hope you enjoyed these cute ideas! Let me know what you think or if you’ve got something creative up your sleeve! I’d love to know!

Happy Crafting!