Would you like to do something to “wow” your guests when you kick-off your wedding weekend?  Here are a few awesome ideas for your rehearsal dinner!


BBQ Theme:  This is a Kansas City favorite!  For your out-of-town guests, this will showcase a little bit of your hometown’s personality!  You don’t have to go to a restaurant to sample your favorite barbeque!  Hire a great caterer or venue (like Loose Mansion with their own in-house catering) and include a station of BBQ sauces from your favorite local restaurants for your guests to sample!  How about some jazz music to accompany the barbecue?  Nothing says Kansas City more than jazz music and barbecue…


Map Theme:  For the traveling couple!  You could put photos of you and your other half from destinations you’ve been together in frames and use these as your table numbers!  You could also include maps of places you are going on your honeymoon, or would like to go in the future!  For a guest book, you could have a map or a globe and have people sign where they’re from, which is a great conversation starter for your guests who are meeting for the first time!

Photo: Epaga Foto

Photo: Epaga Foto

Photo: Epaga Foto

Photo: Epaga Foto

Photo: Epaga Foto

Photo: Epaga Foto


Carnival Theme:  Channel your inner child and have a night at the fair!  Have vintage banners for your décor, use tickets as your invitations!  Have caramel dipped apples, funnel cake, corn dogs, and cotton candy!  A popcorn station with different salts and toppings would be fun!  You could hire a caricature artist and someone to perform magic tricks to keep your guests entertained throughout the evening!


Wine Theme:  Recycle those old corks for décor, and place them around your centerpieces, in jars and vases, in order to create a vineyard feel!  You could use real grapes to act as the floral … they look and smell good, and you can’t beat the price!  You could have a selection of cheeses for your guests to sample as they arrive for a wine and cheese cocktail hour!

Photo: Abbey Leigh Photography

Photo: Abbey Leigh Photography

Photo: Abbey Leigh Photography

Photo: Abbey Leigh Photography


If you have a great idea for a rehearsal dinner theme … please share with us!