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There’s a lot of reasons why summertime is the most popular time for weddings in New England. While many may think of autumn leaves and winter snow when they consider a South Coast reception hall, the spring and summer weddings can be amazingly beautiful, especially for photos and flowers. In advance of your wedding day, you will most likely want to host a rehearsal dinner. Traditionally planned and paid for by the parents of the groom, many modern couples decide to plan and host this event at a local banquet facility themselves. It is a good idea to start scouting around for a nice banquet hall in Swansea, MA when you begin looking at venues for your wedding ceremony and reception. Some couples opt to host the rehearsal at the same location as the rest of the wedding activities, while others like to choose a completely different facility.
Picking the Date
Most rehearsal dinners are the night before the wedding. It’s the last chance for the couple and their wedding party to go over plans for the ceremony and reception, so there won’t be any confusion on the big day. Whether you use professional event planning staff or if you want to take care of all the planning yourself, the sooner you can get started and pick a venue, the better. If the place where you are hosting the wedding fills up quickly, especially in the summertime for a Somerset South Coast wedding, you will want to secure the venue for the rehearsal dinner when you put down a deposit for the wedding day.
Choosing a Theme
Some couples want to keep the same throughout the whole wedding week, while others may want to keep their wedding day theme a surprise until the guests arrive. If you are planning a rehearsal dinner for your children or as a gift to a couple, make sure to confer with them about any theme preferences that they might have or any restrictions they want for the planning of the rehearsal dinner. Summertime themes may seem obvious, but in case you are hitting a dead end or just can’t think of anything appropriate, here are a few options to consider:
- Whimsical Tea Party – Tables full of fresh local flowers, dozens of tea options – including iced tea with fruity flavors and lemon, beautiful pastels or vibrant colors, and beautiful tea cakes instead of a great big cake, can really set the tone for a gorgeous garden wedding. Go ahead and use lace doilies and other tea party style decor, pull out the vintage tea sets, and provide cute little teacups and saucers or custom tea bags as favors for the wedding party, bride, and groom. Custom cookies can be a great accent as well, along with a light menu in keeping with the summertime theme. Speak with the banquet facility about options for a fun summer menu and refreshing drinks.
- Beach or Nautical Party – Embrace the local region and throw a gorgeous Cape Cod-inspired party with beach or nautical elements to honor the bride and groom. Tropical themes can also be fun, especially if the couple will be honeymooning on an island. Decorations can be quite easy for this type of party and custom signature drinks for the guests can make for a memorable celebration. Ask the banquet hall in Swansea, MA about beach party or surf and turf menu options to really bring the party theme home at the South Coast reception hall. Seashells, pastel colors, light and airy classical music – the options for this type of rehearsal dinner and party are endless.
- Natural or Outdoors Party – Celebrate all things outdoors with a natural theme that incorporates a lot of greenery and items found in nature, including fresh cut wood, earthy decorations, and natural fabric table settings. This theme is popular in the summertimes for weddings, showers, and rehearsal dinners. Professional event planning staff can help locate all of the elements that you want to include or you can start shopping early at local farmers markets. Respecting the “earth” element, make sure to use recyclable and biodegradable materials, provide recycling opportunities for guests, and use a lot of handmade centerpieces created from natural materials.
Visit Venus de Milo to Tour the Venue
Make sure to contact our South Coast reception hall to make plans to take a tour of the venue for your wedding or rehearsal dinner. We can answer any questions that you might have about our banquet hall in Swansea, MA, go over menu options for our banquet facility, and make suggestions for pre-vetted vendors in the local area. Give us a call at 508-678-3901 to speak with our on-site professional event planning staff or to check on availability for your special day.