Don’t Forget About the Rehearsal Dinner

Don’t Forget About the Rehearsal DinnerWe know an immense amount of careful planning goes in to making your wedding day a dream — but don’t forget about the rehearsal dinner! Your rehearsal dinner is the first event of your wedding weekend and the prelude to your big day. It sets the tone for the main event and helps both build excitement and calm nerves. It’s a great time to connect with close family, out-of-town guests, and your bridal party. Make your rehearsal dinner special, intimate, and above all, fun with these simple rehearsal dinner tips.

Tips for Making Your Rehearsal Dinner Great

Determine who is planning and paying early: Who plans the rehearsal dinner? And who pays? Traditionally the bride’s family covers the wedding day and the groom’s family pays for the rehearsal dinner, but many modern couples do not follow tradition. It’s important to determine early on who is responsible for planning the rehearsal dinner and who is picking up the bill.

Keep the guest list intimate: Your wedding day will fly by in the blink of an eye, and you may not have the time you’d hoped for to catch up with loved ones. Take advantage of this quality time at the rehearsal dinner by keeping the guest list small. Include close family, the wedding party, and anyone involved with the ceremony, at a minimum.

Pick a theme: Themed rehearsal dinners are becoming increasingly popular, and it’s no surprise why: Who doesn’t love a theme party? Rehearsal dinner theme ideas are easy to come up with if you pay tribute to your hobbies, heritage, or history, such as a travel-themed dinner or a colorful Mexican fiesta. Deciding on details and decor is easier when there’s a theme. A laid-back themed rehearsal dinner is an especially fun complement to a traditional and formal wedding reception.

Send out invitations: Sending out invitations to the rehearsal is an extra step that helps make the event more special, because it will feel like it stands on its own. It also clears up confusion for your family and bridal party about all the event details.


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