Hope you all had a fabulous and safe 4th of july weekend! This weeks post inspired me, because I am in the midst of planning our rehearsal dinner. I think I finally narrowed it down to a couple of options so I am hoping to finalize it soon! So now let’s talk about the basics of a rehearsal dinner:
What: Well what is a rehearsal dinner you may ask? Essentially this is a dinner for everyone participating in your wedding. Bridal party, parents, flower girls/ring bearers etc. The dinner is held either right after the actual wedding rehearsal or maybe the night before the wedding. In our case, since there is a wedding at our venue on the friday before the wedding, we will be having our actual wedding rehearsal during the week and then the dinner the night before the wedding.
Who: The bridal party, parents of the groom and bride, and grandparents can all be included in the guest list. I know some couples also invite out of town guests as well. In our guest list we have included the bridal party, the flower girls and their parents, the ring bearer and his parents, our immediate family, and our grandparents. Typically the groom’s parents host the dinner but in more relaxed/modern times, relatives or even the couple themselves can host it.
Where: You can have your rehearsal dinner anywhere you’d like, really! If you would like to host it maybe at a family member’s house and then have it catered, that could be an option or maybe you could go the more traditional route and have it a restaurant. On the plus side of the restaurant option, most of the time, there are time limits on how long you will be there and trust me you will be grateful for this as more than likely you will need to wake up early the next day and need a full night’s sleep before the big day. When choosing your restaurant take into consideration different things like your budget, and also what are you feeding your guests the next day at the wedding. Your guests will appreciate the meal regardless but just something to think about 🙂
When: Like I mentioned above, the dinner usually happens right after the ceremony rehearsal or the night before the wedding. This is a great time to actually give your wedding party their “thank you gifts” if you don’t want to do it the next morning. Also another great time to have family members give speeches. If you would like to cut down who all gives a toast on the wedding day, this a great opportunity to do so, a little more relaxed and maybe not on much of a tight timeline like on the wedding day.
Why: Lastly the why, I purposely left this one for last to emphasize why the dinner is important to some couples. This is basically the “thank you” dinner for everyone involved in the wedding, that have been there for you throughout the planning, and anyone basically making it happen. Even though for the wedding you will be surrounded by all your friends and family, the rehearsal will have a smaller and more intimate feeling where you can really express your gratitude to these special people in your life.
So with this post, I hope I answered some questions and stay tuned for another post with more details and ideas for the actual dinner! Til next time!