The wedding rehearsal dinner provides an opportunity for the families of the bride and groom to get to know each other better before the big day. Incorporating games and activities into the evening will help break the ice and encourage the guests to socialise. Rehearsal dinners can vary in their level of formality depending on the couple's preference. Whether the rehearsal dinner is held in a restaurant or in the home, there are many activity options available.
Test the couple's knowledge of each other by inviting the guests to quiz them in a couples trivia game, similar to the TV game show "The Newlywed Game." Write the trivia questions on note cards and pass the questions out to the dinner guests so they can participate in the activity. Choose questions that are not too serious such as "What was the bride's favourite childhood TV show?" or "What material item could the groom not live without?" Have the guests go around the table one at a time asking a question to either the bride or the groom. Score the bride and groom based on how many questions they answer correctly.
Two Truths and a Lie
Invite all of the guests at the rehearsal dinner to think of two true facts about themselves and one lie. Instruct the guests to go around the table one by one mentioning their two truths and one lie. After a guest makes his statement, ask the other guests to try to decide which item was the lie. This game can be played in a more formal setting, such as a restaurant, or at a less formal rehearsal dinner that takes place in the home. It is an entertaining way to get to know the other guests.
Encourage the rehearsal dinner guests to let loose and enjoy themselves by singing karaoke songs. If the rehearsal dinner takes place in the home, rent or purchase a karaoke machine. For rehearsal dinners that take place outside the home, arrange for the guests to go to a karaoke bar after the dinner. In the spirit of branching out, encourage the guests to sing duets with someone they might not know very well.
Charades works well as an activity at rehearsal dinners that take place in the home. Charades involves having the guests take turns acting out a specific person, movie, book or song while the other guests guess. Most guests already will be familiar with charades, which saves the hassle of having to explain a new game. Charades incorporates everybody in the room and encourages the participants to work together. To add a twist to the game, choose a theme for the topics such as "1980s" or "British."