Aisle Style . Food
Make a unique statement in chocolate at your table. Plus, groom cakes and the inexpensive rehearsal dinner.
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Dinner for All?
A rehearsal meal doesn’t have to be a big production—or expensive.
For the bride and groom on a budget, a rehearsal dinner can be more than just a drop in the bucket, especially if there is a large bridal party.
“Both our sets of parents were helping us pay for the wedding, so when it came to the rehearsal dinner, the responsibility fell to us,” says Megan, who was married last year in Wilmington. “And with eight bridesmaids and groomsmen, and family from out of town, it was no small expense.”
Megan decided to try a creative option for the rehearsal dinner. Instead of a full sit-down meal, she and her groom opted for finger food with cocktails. “It was fun, very laid back in contrast to our formal wedding,” she says. “Everyone had fun, and the best part was they could walk around and mingle. Some of our guests had never met. It was a great way to break the ice.”
José Duque, manager of Walter’s Steakhouse in Wilmington, recommends this as a money saver: “For a small party, it is always less expensive to do hors d’oeuvres and an open bar.”
Matt Patton, banquet coordinator at Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats in Rehoboth Beach, likes when brides and grooms approach him with an exact budget.
“It’s easier to set menu items when we know what we can work with,” he says. In fact, the brewery offers its own vodka, gin, rum and beer during a two-hour open bar for less than $25 a head. Paired with butlered hors d’oeuvres, it’s a popular, budget friendly choice.
For a creative twist on a traditional rehearsal meal, Patton offers his clients a pizza buffet, where guests can choose from Dogfish Head’s five signature pizzas. Inexpensive and fun, the pizza buffet rehearsal dinner is a true crowd-pleaser. —Sarah Spagnoli