Rehearsal Dinner Ideas for a Memorable Evening

The rehearsal dinner is the perfect time for you to relax with your closest loved ones before you tie the knot. It sets the tone for the entire wedding weekend and gets everyone excited for your big day.

Here at Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House, we’re thrilled to host rehearsal dinners in the semi-private section of our restaurant or in our fully private dining room. If you’d like to dazzle your guests and ensure a memorable evening, check our exciting rehearsal dinner ideas below.

Rehearsal Dinner

Pick a Theme

The rehearsal dinner is the perfect place to showcase what you and your soon-to-be spouse enjoy most. Are you beach bums? If so, bring your own beach themed table decorations such as shells or mini beach balls. Sports fanatics? Have your friends bring their favorite small sports memorabilia to decorate the table. The options here are endless, and our staff is excited to accommodate any decor you bring to Hugo’s to help make your theme come to life.

Rehearsal dinner cocktails

Create a Signature Drink

In addition to serving beer and wine at your rehearsal dinner, treat your guests to something a bit more special with a signature drink. The signature drink can be a favorite drink that you and your significant other share or a special recipe that reflects your color scheme or theme. Be sure to give your signature drink a fun name that guests will always remember.

Here are some signature drink ideas to inspire you:

  • Fresca sangria: Fresca sangria is a refreshing drink that’s made of white wine and fresh fruit like strawberries or peaches.
  • Blackberry whiskey lemonade: If you’re whiskey fans, this concoction is right for you. It’s packed with whiskey, lemon juice, rosemary, blackberries and sparkling wine.
  • Champagne punch: Champagne punch is fancy, simple and delicious. It consists of champagne and scoops of sorbet.

philly rehearsal dinner

Select a Color Scheme

Once you’ve locked down your theme, select a color scheme that matches it. While you can opt for the same color scheme as your wedding, it’s more fun to switch it up. Switching it up allows your guests to be truly surprised when they enter your ceremony and reception the next day. Hugo’s can even provide customized uplighting in our private dining room, allowing you to bring that color scheme to life in the space.

Play a Photo Montage

We have televisions within our private dining room which makes a photo montage a perfect focal point for your  rehearsal dinner. Compile your favorite photos of you and your spouse and create a slideshow that you can play during your rehearsal dinner  event. Guests love browsing photos and learning more about all the fun you’ve had throughout your relationship.

slideshow rehearsal dinner

Customize Your Menu

Hugo’s encourages every couple to select a starter, entree, and dessert of their choice to create a menu that customized with their favorite foods. Here’s a sneak peak into some of the starters and entrees you can select from. You can see our full rehearsal dinner package here.




Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Lobster Bisque

Wedge Salad



8 oz Filet

Crab Cake

Grilled Salmon

Cajun Chicken and Crab

rehearsal menu

The dessert is typically the chef’s selection. However, if you’d really like to “wow” your guests, we can serve a piece of Hugo’s famous cake.

If you’re searching for a top-notch rehearsal dinner destination in Philly, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House is the way to go. We can accommodate all rehearsal dinner ideas and bring your vision to life. Contact us today to start planning your rehearsal dinner with us at Hugo’s: 215-717-3900.

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