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Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Planning for Rhode Island Families

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Planning for Rhode Island Families

Looking for the perfect venue to host your family’s social gatherings and special occasions? Families from all over Rhode Island, including Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, and everywhere in between, have been making the short trip across the state line into Southeastern Massachusetts to host special events at our banquet hall in Swansea, MA. While we are in a different state, we are located just minutes away, and the relationship between these two states grows stronger every year. Professional event planning for a Swansea wedding reception, bridal shower, or a rehearsal dinner is quite common for Rhode Island couples at Venus de Milo.

We are proud to have a strong connection to Rhode Island, as we purchase over a million lobsters from the local Newport, Rhode Island fisherman each year, along with fresh fish and locally-grown produce from all over the state. Our world-famous restaurant even purchases hundreds of turkeys from local Rhode Island farms that we use for our holiday buffets and take-out seasonal meals. We also employ many residents from Rhode Island due to our proximity. So when you decide to host your wedding events at our venue, you are supporting fishermen and farmers from Rhode Island.

Choosing the Menu
Once you have decided where you want to host the rehearsal dinner, the next step is to choose the menu. One of the biggest reasons why our customers choose Venus de Milo is because of our award-winning cuisine. Whether you want to serve poultry, beef, pork, seafood, or our World-Famous Baked Stuffed Lobster, you can get it all for your special celebration. We even have regional dishes, such as our Signature Lobster Pot Pie or a lovely Surf & Turf Suprema. Your choice of sides, salads, soups, vegetables, desserts, or dessert buffets can help to round out the fare. If buffets are more your style, we have a wide range of signature buffets, as well as ethnic fare, including Asian, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Selections can be made based on your tastes and preferences or chosen to suit your budget. A typical rehearsal dinner includes the couple, the bridal party, as well as the parents, grandparents, and siblings of the bride and groom. The guest list is a lot smaller than the wedding ceremony or Swansea wedding reception itself, so the cost will be less as well. When you contact our team to plan your social gatherings and special occasions, start by having a ballpark figure of the number of guests that will be invited. Make sure to include everyone, such as the flower girl and ring bearer, plus their parents and any siblings. The cost for this type of professional event planning is figured “per head,” so the closer you can get to a true head count, the easier it will be to get an accurate estimate.

Who Pays for the Rehearsal?
Wedding tradition typically states that the parents of the groom will pay for the rehearsal dinner at the banquet hall in Swansea, MA. However, with many couples getting married later in life or getting re-married, a lot of people end up paying for it themselves as part of the overall wedding cost. In fact, some couples choose to host the rehearsal dinner at the same venue as the wedding ceremony or reception to make it easier on the wedding party and guests. Being able to practice where everyone will stand and how everyone should come into the hall at the same venue helps to eliminate a lot of questions or misunderstandings on the actual wedding day.

If you are planning a Swansea wedding reception or will be hosting both the ceremony and reception at Venus de Milo, make sure to ask about using our banquet hall for your rehearsal dinner as well. Our on-site event coordinator can help you select the menu, make plans for basic decorations, set-up the tables according to your needs, and make sure that you have time to host the rehearsal before the dinner is served. You and your guests will be delighted at the menu offerings available through our on-site catering service. In fact, even couples who are not hosting their wedding at our venue will often seek out space for the rehearsal dinner the night before the big event.

Wedding Celebrations in Southeastern Massachusetts
If you are planning a wedding and would like to schedule a tour of our banquet hall in Swansea, MA, just give us a call. We can help you find the best space for your rehearsal dinner, shower, ceremony, or reception, according to your needs and budget. Professional event planning staff can help you make decisions that will excite your guests and create lasting memories. So whether you want to make plans for a Swansea wedding reception or other social gatherings and special occasions, you can count on Venus de Milo to make it special. Give us a call at 508-678-3901 or use our special Rhode Island line at 401-861-2780.

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