Rehearsal dinners tend to be one of the more forgotten parts of wedding planning. So when it comes time to plan this event, it can certainly be overwhelming. What kind of food will you have? Will it be formal or casual? Who needs to be invited? Keep in mind that the rehearsal dinner serves as a kickoff to the big day. Here are a few ideas to consider as you look to plan the perfect rehearsal dinner:
- Decide who’s hosting – Traditionally, the bride’s parents pay for the wedding while the groom’s parents handle the rehearsal dinner. Today, though, it’s common for both sets of parents to share the costs of the wedding. Should that be the case with you and your fiance, the two of you may want to foot the bill for the rehearsal dinner.
- Keep it casual – This is often a stressful time for those planning the wedding. Maybe you’re concerned that something will go wrong during the ceremony itself. It could be that some out-of-town guests will be arriving late due to inclement weather. Whatever the case, it’s normal to be uptight in the 24 hours leading up to the wedding. That’s where a casual, laid-back rehearsal dinner can help. Consider an outside setup where guests can relax and chat, especially if they’re meeting for the first time. You may also want to think about open seating and buffet style for the rehearsal dinner.
- Pick a fun location – The feel at the rehearsal dinner should be different than the vibe at the wedding reception. Give some thought to someone’s house, a beer garden, or even a location as simple as a local park. Of course, restaurants make great choices as well. The staff handles everything from cocktails and main courses to music and flowers. All you and your guests have to do is show up and enjoy.
- Give gifts to the wedding party – This is traditionally when you and your fiance present gifts to the wedding party. Now is also the time to thank your parents for their love, generosity, support, and guidance.
- Make any last-minute reminders – Heather Lee of Brides recommends taking a minute to mention any announcements about the wedding day. For example, should guests know specifics about parking or where to enter the venue? Depending on how many guests are expected to show up, you may also want to clarify arranged transportation times/locations.
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