Tips for Throwing an Elegant Rehearsal Dinner

So, you’ve planned your wedding and it’s going to be a showstopper, but you’re not sure how to plan a rehearsal dinner that is on par — but not in competition with — the main event. With dedicated Events Coordinators at each of our southeast restaurants, Ruth’s Chris can help you plan the plan the perfect rehearsal dinner the night before your big day. Read our expert tips for throwing an elegant rehearsal dinner below.

Make the Food the Star

When you’re throwing a rehearsal dinner, the title of the event leaves no doubt that you’ve invited your guests to have a meal. So, you’ll want to choose food worthy of its staring role in this important wedding weekend event.

When you book your event at Ruth’s Chris, you will work with an Event Coordinator to choose one of our several private dining menus. Each event menu has been specially designed by our chefs to reflect our famous classic steakhouse fare.

Pick Beverages that Complement the Meal – and Your Style

If you choose to serve alcohol at your rehearsal dinner, you’ll want to ensure that the beverages you serve not only complement your personal style as a couple, but also the food and any theme you have incorporated into the weekend’s events.

Ruth’s Chris offers an extensive Wine & Spirits menu for events. You can tailor your bar selections to perfectly complement your rehearsal dinner. Choose from platinum, diamond or gold level spirits to import/craft, specialty/local and domestic beer selections and hand-crafted cocktails.

Don’t Guess on the Timeline

An unrealistic timeline can make your rehearsal dinner seem disorganized and far from elegant, so be sure you’re as accurate as possible with the times you communicate to your guests.

For example, make sure you have accurate estimates on how long the rehearsal itself will run and how long of a drive it will be from the rehearsal site to the rehearsal dinner venue. Make sure to take traffic patterns and the time of day your guests will be travelling into account.

When you book your rehearsal dinner at Ruth’s Chris, one of our dedicated event managers will be on hand to make sure the event itself runs flawlessly, from cocktails to dessert.

Remember: Elegant Doesn’t Mean Stuffy

Planning an elegant event is about the little touches that make it special to the couple and the rehearsal dinner guests. Your rehearsal dinner most definitely does not need to be rigidly formal to be elegant. Make sure your rehearsal dinner plan includes time for your guests to relax and mingle — and for you and your future spouse to let them know how much you appreciate their role in your wedding festivities.

Book Your Elegant Rehearsal Dinner at Ruth’s Chris

With dedicated event spaces and Event Coordinators in each of our locations, Ruth Chris knows how to make your event shine with our upscale private dining menus and legendary service.
Contact your nearest Ruth’s Chris restaurant to take a tour of our private rooms, or fill out the online form to book your event today.