A rehearsal dinner is nearly as important as your wedding. It is a great time to get people together in a less formal (maybe just a bit less) environment to meet and greet one another. It is especially beneficial to the in-laws if they don’t already know each other, or people from the wedding party that may live out of town. It can ease the pre-wedding jitters for more than just the bride and groom! If you’re wondering how to go about planning your rehearsal dinner and need some tips, we’ve got them here!
Traditionally, the bride’s family pays for the wedding, and the groom’s family pays for the rehearsal dinner. In more modern times, this is not always the case. But if it is the case for you, you can still let your desires be known and offer options. Having your rehearsal dinner at the same place as your wedding venue can be convenient for all, because it eliminates traveling to the wedding rehearsal after dinner. That helps eliminate some stress all around. And remember to book your rehearsal dinner plenty of time in advance, at least four or five months, if not more.
Don’t forget to plan the speeches. Speeches usually go in the following order:
- If the father of the groom is hosting the rehearsal dinner, he usually gets the first opportunity to speak
- The best man makes a toast, usually followed up by a speech
- The bride’s father can make a toast
- Anyone else who may want to make a toast
- The bride and groom may want to toast each other, welcome everyone, and thank them for being there
Announce to the expected speakers at least three months in advance so they have plenty of time to prepare.
There is plenty more to planning a rehearsal dinner so stay tuned for part two!