Updated: May 15, 2019
As one of the most important pre-wedding events, you’ll want your wedding rehearsal dinner to be flawless. After all, this dinner is a great way to ensure everyone knows what to do on the wedding day – and it is also a very good way to help guests know each other, so that they enjoy the wedding even more.
What are some of the crucial things every bride and groom should know about planning the rehearsal dinner? We have gathered them below – so continue reading if you want to find out more.
· The tone of the party. In general, a rehearsal dinner can be a lot less formal than the wedding itself – but it is up to you, really. As long as it doesn’t steal the spotlight from the actual Big Day, and as long as you and the guests have fun, anything goes – from a cute barbecue party to a very fancy restaurant dinner.
· The guests and the invitations. You don’t have to invite everyone to the rehearsal – just the bridal party, the parents and the other essential guests. Also, invite out-of-town guests as well – the dinner party may be a great way to welcome them and make them feel great. Last, but definitely not least, invite the officiant and his/her spouse. As for the invitations themselves, you don’t need to send any if your rehearsal is not very formal – but if it is, send the invitations either with the actual wedding invitations or shortly thereafter.
· What happens. A rehearsal dinner should have three main parts – the greetings, the toasts and the brief reminders of what everyone needs to do on the Big Day. Also, many couples choose to offer their wedding party gifts with this occasion too (which is excellent, especially if the gift involves something the bridesmaids or groomsmen will wear on the wedding day).
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