Some people view rehearsal dinners with excitement, others with dread. The fact is that a rehearsal dinner can seem like just one more thing to plan, one more commitment. Most couples and wedding parties, and even guests, may rather simply get to the wedding and enjoy the nuptials and the reception. That’s where the fun is! But a rehearsal dinner is an important venue for bringing people together, sometimes people who are meeting for the first time. And, of course, the actually wedding rehearsal follows! Here are a few more tips for planning your rehearsal dinner.
Traditionally wedding invitations are sent out anywhere from six to eight weeks before the big day. However, save-the-date invitations are sent out much earlier–anywhere from six to eight months in advance. Remember, even if you send save-the-date invitations, you still have to follow up with “real” wedding invitations.
Most weddings have a seating plan. Usually the bride, groom, and wedding party occupy the main table. The bride and groom’s families, or at least their parents, are seated at the tables closest to the main table. The fact is, sometimes seating can be a headache. If Aunt Mary is not speaking with Aunt Kathy, or mom and dad have recently been divorced it can be a difficult task. However, it is always fun to meet new people, so be creative. You can choose to keep families together and friends together, or mix it all up and let the fun begin!
The rehearsal dinner is usually when you present the bridesmaids’ and groomsmens’ gifts, and often gifts are also presented to the parents of the bride and the groom.