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Rehearsal Dinners ... What's Trending for 2019?


SPONSORED BY: Locale Market & FarmTable Cucina

We sat down with the professional planning team at Locale Market and FarmTable Cucina to get an idea of what their clients are leaning towards this year and into 2019. We asked about trends, and some tips to keep the night fresh, fun and inclusive.

Rehearsal Dinners vs. Welcome Parties

Over the years, rehearsal dinners, which are generally held the evening before the wedding, have modernized into a welcome party for many couples celebrating their big day. For many couples, this evening holds its own prominent place in wedding plans. Couples come together, both creatively and financially, to plan a gathering for family, friends and loved ones that take place before the wedding.

Rehearsal dinners have transformed into an event for more than just the wedding party and immediate family members to attend; it's an opportunity to include all guests, especially those who have traveled to take part in the wedding celebration. More so, a casual party is a chance for the new families and friends to meet or reunite. Our top three suggestions to host a fun, casual welcome party are:

1) Your Home!

Hosting a welcome party at home allows you to invite more guests and keep costs down. Cater light hors d'oeuvres or barbeque in your backyard while relaxing with your family and friends.

2) Keep Things Local and Fun

Hosting your welcome party at a local brewery, park, museum or other interactive destinations. Show your out-of-town guests what your town has to offer while mingling with your guests in a casual environment before the big day.

3) Choose a restaurant you love ...

... particularly a restaurant that has significance to you as a couple. It could be the restaurant where you got engaged or choose to celebrate anniversaries and birthdays. Restaurants today are more accommodating than ever, allowing you to help set a menu and bring your own decorations.

Whether you choose fine dining, casual or a beachside restaurant, the restaurant you choose for your rehearsal dinner can become a significant part of your new family history and help create many more memories in the years to come.

Locale Market, located at Sundial St. Pete, offers a wide range of catering services from elevated party platters to full-service off-site events. Upstairs at FarmTable Cucina, host intimate dinners in our private dining room or larger gatherings in our main dining room or patio. Our chef-curated family-style menus and multi-course tasting menus feature the best ingredients from the market downstairs, which are offered alongside our extensive selection of wine, cocktails and locally-brewed beers.

To book your rehearsal dinners and more at FarmTable Cucina or to plan your wedding and other off-site catering with Locale Market, please contact Cristina Scaramuzzi at (727) 523-6304 or catering@localemarket.com.

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