EXCLUSIVE: All the Details from Jennie Garth and Dave Abrams’ ‘Fiesta’-Themed Rehearsal Dinner

07/18/2015 at 06:08 AM ET

Jennie Garth Wedding Rehearsal Dinner
Courtesy Jennie Garth

Jennie Garth and Dave Abrams‘ may have had a wedding night menu that highlighted Southern fare (Cheesy grits! Fried chicken! Polenta corn bread!), but for their rehearsal dinner, they went south of the border.

“We wanted a rehearsal dinner that was super fun and colorful,” actress Garth tells PEOPLE exclusively. “And our favorite is Mexican food…so FIESTA!”

Wearing a bright yellow Monique Lhuillier dress and a red rose in her hair, Garth and her close friends and family indulged in an expansive taco bar, salsa and chips and Mexican fare by Vallefresh Catering.

At the July 10 Fiesta, decorated with bright colors and festive touches by event stylist Michelle Goldhaber Kendrick, a playful sign read: “The Margaritas are COLD, the salsa is HOT, Jennie & Dave are tying the knot!”

Jennie Garth Wedding Rehearsal Dinner
Courtesy Jennie Garth

Jennie Garth Wedding Rehearsal Dinner
Courtesy Jennie Garth

To cap off the night, guests dined on vanilla cake decorated with a bright fresh roses and, perched at the very top, Dawn of the Dead celebratory bride and groom figurines. Garth says, “We had a great time!”

Jennie Garth Wedding Rehearsal Dinner
Courtesy Jennie Garth

—Elizabeth Leonard

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nancy on

Is it just me, or does he always look aT happier than her?

Rebecca on

That’s DAY of the Dead, People Magazine. ‘Dawn of the Dead’ is probably some horrible straight-to-video movie!

Anonymous on

Religious candles should not be used as party decorations. As a Roman Catholic, I find this offensive. When you ask someone to pray for you, Catholics in the same way ask the saints and the Blessed Virgin Mary to pray for us. Lighting the religious candles is symbolic of those prayer requests. Lighting one with Jesus Christ on it is symbolizing praying to Christ. To use the candles as party decorations is trivializing their importance, and is akin to wearing a rosary as a necklace, or wearing a bindi as a mere jewelry accessory.

Kay on

Good for you Jen! Replaced by a younger actress and comes back swinging with a cute husband! You go!

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