How To: Turn Thanksgiving into Your Rehearsal Dinner


If you are in the United States, then you are probably getting ready for Thanksgiving festivities. You can take advantage of having a lot of family in town by integrating Thanksgiving dinner and your rehearsal dinner, especially if you’re getting married in the next few weeks (or even in a month or more).

In case you aren’t hosting already, you can host a potluck. Assign or take volunteers for certain dishes and plan accordingly. This way, not everyone will bring green bean casserole. If you have never roasted a turkey, this is a fantastic time to try. However, if you don’t want to attempt a remake every single holiday-based comedy bit related to turkey mishaps, then we suggest having designating a family turkey roaster or springing for catering. Places like Panera, Golden Corral, or Bob Evans have great deals for families that have more things to do than precisely butter and stuff a turkey. Just add wedding rehearsal details and you’re finished!

How do you add wedding business to a casual family gathering? Here are our tips:

  • Keep it simple. You don’t want to take over the whole family gathering with wedding stuff. This means that outsourcing DIY projects to your unsuspecting cousins would be a major faux pas.
  • Be organized. Pass out lists of roles and tasks for people to complete before and on the day of your wedding. Make sure to make copies and do this again on the eve/morning of your wedding, because paper is easy to lose in the hustle of daily life.
  • Stay casual. You’re not going to want to make this a fancy affair. You’re going to fill yourself with carbs and blissfully drift away after the dishes are done, right? That sounds fantastic to us. If you really want to make it a little more classy, make sure your guests know so they can prepare ahead of time. There’s nothing worse than wearing old yoga pants to a jazzy-casual affair.

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Are you planning a Thanksgiving dinner or wedding rehearsal? What are your biggest challenges re: taking it on? Let us know in the comments!

Happy Holidays!

– The Gala Pal Team

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