The Rehersal Dinner, by Sandra Berry, Los Cabos Magazine – Issue #12.
The rehearsal dinner generally is a great opportunity to bring your parents and your future in–laws together for a relaxing evening of toasting and “roasting” the evening before The Big Day. In Los Cabos, it is customary to invite all the guests who have come down for the wedding to the rehearsal dinner. After all, they’ve made a long trip to attend the wedding and added a few days besides. The engaged couple often works with both sets of parents to plan a list of activities for everyone, usually including the rehearsal dinner the evening before the ceremony.
The number attending the rehearsal dinner is the first consideration when choosing a location. There are many restaurants in the Los Cabos area that do a great job. Allowing your guests to order a la carte is generous and can be very expensive. Because of this, some restaurants offer to prepare and serve your dinner buffet style. Others have a list of suggested—individually served—entrees. In Los Cabos, there are restaurants whose menus can suit every pocketbook and every palate. According to Elizabeth Schoell of Sunset Weddings, a Los Cabos wedding planning company, most couples want a view and Mexican ambiance.
One very popular venue is Sunset Da Mona Lisa because of its unparalleled vista of the famous arch, especially at sunset. Pitahayas Restaurant at the Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar offers Pacific Rim cuisine in an elegant, ocean–side ambiance under a huge palapa roof. However, this is México, after all, so the list for great restaurants serving Mexican food is extensive and choices range from casual to upscale. Try the popular Pancho’s, Mi Casa, El Comal, or Hacienda del Cuervo with its large, open–air patio. Puerta Vieja goes all out for wedding parties and satisfies the desire for Mexican food and ambiance as well as offering a great view. Others seek out the “beachy”, casual atmosphere found at restaurants such as Baja Cantina Beach Grill, which even comes complete with tiki torches. For something more sophisticated and grown–up, consider Nick–San, a Japanese restaurant at Las Tiendas de Palmilla; Solomon’s Landing on the marina; or Sancho Panza, with its extensive wine bar.
And don’t forget one of the most romantic settings in Los Cabos: La Golondrina and its garden aglow with twinkling lights. If some of your guests are staying at Casa Rafael’s, the patio is a lovely site, and you and guests can linger afterwards to enjoy the piano bar. In fact, most of the hotels in the area welcome bridal parties with special rates and planning services. In Los Cabos, your list of locations is nearly endless.
Other decisions to be made include whether to host an open bar or set a limit on the number of drinks. You will want the wedding photographer there to record the event, so add him or her to the guest list. You might even take into consideration any kids in the wedding—such as the flower girl or the ring bearer—and see if the restaurant has a special menu for them. Planned seating is a good idea, and, typically, seat the soon–to–be in–laws together so they can get to know each other better. This also presents an opportunity to thank everyone for all their support throughout the wedding planning process. This dinner is a great way to unwind and enjoy your family and friends just before the wedding. The object here is to be comfortable and have fun.—Sandra Berry