Rehearsal dinners might not seem like an important part of the wedding—because there seems to be so much to plan—but hosting a truly successful, enjoyable rehearsal dinner can be just the de-stressor you need before your special day.It is also the first time that many families meet, and it can be so exciting when they get along and have a lovely evening. Southwest Florida has much to offer for rehearsal dinners, including a variety of incredible venues, vendors and entertainment to make sure that your guests have a memorable time.
At Tastebuds Custom Catering, we work with you to create a personalized rehearsal dinner catering menu, find the perfect setting and easily handle the planning so that you can focus on the big day and simply enjoy yourself the night before. Our expert planners will make sure that your Naples rehearsal dinner is seamless, successful and absolutely fun!
If you already have ideas or want to ask us questions, please feel free to contact us today. We would love to help you start planning your Naples rehearsal dinner. If you’d like more inspiration, keep reading for Naples rehearsal dinner tips and ideas!
Tips and Ideas for Southwest Florida Rehearsal Dinners
After years catering, hosting and attending weddings and rehearsal dinners from Captiva, Ft. Myers, Naples and even Marco Island, we have gathered a ton of knowledge and many creative ideas. In this list, we have collected some of our favorite themes, settings and most important tips to make your Naples rehearsal dinner unique and enjoyable.
1. Create a menu blending both families’ cultures
For many couples, the rehearsal dinner is the first opportunity for their families to meet and get to know one another. Sometimes, this involves the blending of two cultures. Your rehearsal dinner catering menu can be the perfect place to mix these cultures and introduce each side to the other—especially when the menu is custom created and prepared! We recently hosted a Mexican bride and Belgian groom’s Naples rehearsal dinner and wedding with a menu featuring tacos and rice for her and mussels, fries and waffles for him. See the full menu below.
Cocktail Hour Station
- Charcuterie Board
- Belgium Waffles
Dinner Food Station
– A Taste Of Belgium –
- Moules Frites
- Belgian Fries
- Liège Meatballs
- Roasted Parsnip, Apple & Endive Salad
Dinner Food Station
– A Taste Of Mexico –
- Mexican Fried Corn
- Mexican Taco Station
2. Host a relaxed beach rehearsal dinner
From a casual BBQ to a tented affair, beach rehearsal dinners can be the perfect setting for families to comfortably mix and mingle. Whether you host yours at a private club, estate residence, rental home or county park, we will provide excellent Naples rehearsal dinner catering.
3. Save money—look for caterers with incentives!
At Tastebuds Custom Catering, we provide special pricing for rehearsal dinners when the couple has also arranged wedding catering through us. It’s a simple way to save money that can make quite a difference—and you have to coordinate with fewer people! We already understand your needs—both culinary and style—and will be able to better cater to them at both events.
4. Celebrate on a boat
Rehearsal dinners don’t happen exclusively on land! We have worked with couples in the past who have chartered boats and taken guests on the Gulf of Mexico to truly experience all that Southwest Florida has to offer: sunsets, dolphins and excellent craft brews. If you’re hosting a small but fun-loving group, a boat rehearsal dinner might be best for you.
5. Backyard BBQ rehearsal dinners
If you live locally or have family in the area, then hosting a backyard rehearsal dinner might be perfect for you. After all, the climate in Southwest Florida is perfect for an outdoor celebration.
Backyard BBQ rehearsal dinners are intimate but comfortable occasions, with the families of the couple meeting and chatting in a relaxed, private environment. We also love to BBQ too, so we can create an incredible menu with something each guest will savor.
6. Going all-out can be easy
When planning a wedding and all of its celebrations, we understand that the rehearsal dinner isn’t necessarily a priority. However, it can be really simple to make your rehearsal dinner something fantastic.
Select beautiful linens that match the profile of your event and location, invite local entertainment that suits your style or arrange for some additional floral arrangements—we have partnered with excellent Naples florists who can provide flowers of any size and scale for your rehearsal dinner.
And you don’t need to worry about event rentals; we take care of tents, tables, chairs, china and more. For the extra fun group, we can coordinate trolley rentals to give your guests a tour of Naples after the rehearsal dinner!
7. Enjoy a lively brewery rehearsal dinner
What better way to meet new friends and family than to enjoy craft brews together! For an entertaining rehearsal dinner, we recommend renting a space at a local brewhouse featuring local craft brews and food custom-paired with each beverage. Hosting your rehearsal dinner at a local brewery also gives out of town guests the opportunity to experience some of the local flavors.
8. Make it a cultural night
Calling all art lovers—Naples Art Association is in the heart of Downtown Naples and is an excellent place to host an elegant rehearsal dinner. You’ll be surrounded by conversation starters. Or host your dinner at one of the many event spaces at Artis–Naples, which features a glass ceiling under the dome, an outdoor courtyard area and even a stage perfect for enjoying a sophisticated and unique evening.
9. Delight the car lovers in the family
Naples is home to one of the largest and most impressive rare auto collections in the world, so if you have a family that loves cars or even just unique scenery, this is a great option. It is a truly unique venue for Naples rehearsal dinners that will impress guests and leave a unique one-of-a-kind memory.
10. Join us for an intimate, personalized dinner
For the small groups, we welcome you to join us at Tastebuds’ kitchen! These dinners are highly experiential, and the menus are 100% customized to the diners. This is a fun night out for foodies and anyone who just wants to be entertained while eating delicious cuisine.
Feeling inspired? We sure hope so! If you want to share your ideas with us and begin planning your Southwest Florida rehearsal dinner, contact us today!