Food has always surrounded wedding festivities. You begin with the rehearsal dinner, jump into the 5 course wedding meal and end with the morning after brunch. By the end of the marathon weekend, it is easy to feel as if you are in a food coma. Try planning other activities for each event with food, instead of planning events with the main purpose to gather together to eat.
An example of this is to plan your rehearsal celebration at a bowling alley and have heavy appetizers provided by the venue. The focus will be on the time spent together and the food will be an after thought. Break up your bridal party and family into teams and allow them to continue to get to know each other better. You can either mix the group up and encourage everyone to meet a new face, or get all of your gals and guys together to throw down some strikes. Invite those closest to you for some fun and friendly competition. If you have the time to plan ahead, incorporate awards - both silly and serious into the evening.
If you are not a big bowler, consider heading to karaoke with everyone or a comedy club. The key to the night is gather everyone together, celebrate and spend the night relaxing before the big day. Have some fun with your family while thanking them for being part of your day.
How did you or will you celebrate with your friends and family on your rehearsal evening?