Rehearsal Dinner

In addition to the bride and groom, many friends and family members expend themselves both financially and physically in the preparation of the wedding. One of the ways that the bride and groom can show their appreciation for the support of friends and family; is by having a rehearsal dinner.

What Is a Rehearsal Dinner?

The rehearsal dinner is a time for both the bride’s and groom’s family to get to know each other in a more relaxed setting. It is held one or two days prior to the wedding. Rehearsal dinners are held in the evening. It is an opportunity for all involved with the wedding to enjoy each other’s company, relieve some of the pre-wedding stress, and make everyone feel comfortable prior to the upcoming wedding.

Who pays?

Traditionally, it is going to be the groom’s family who pays for the rehearsal dinner. They will be the ones who will select the location of the event, and they will orchestrate all of the plans and preparation in connection with the event.

What Is the Appropriate Setting for a Rehearsal Dinner?

A rehearsal dinner can be formal, or it can be very casual. Some have chosen to rent banquet halls or have a garden party, while others have decided to have a simple outdoor picnic or a family barbecue. The reversal dinner should have a less formal feel to it than the wedding. The food, atmosphere, and preparations for the rehearsal dinner should not overshadow the wedding itself.

Who to Invite

In addition to family members, some have chosen to invite guests who have traveled a long way for the wedding. Typically, the bridal party will be invited to the rehearsal dinner. If the rehearsal dinner is a formal event, formal invitations should be sent out inviting guests to RSVP. If it is a less formal event, an e-vite or a phone call will be all that is required.

The rehearsal dinner is a perfect opportunity for everyone involved in the wedding to become familiar with each other. The bride and groom may want to use this opportunity to give gifts to those in the bridal party. During desert it is common for the groom’s family to give a toast. The evening can conclude with a few friendly reminders from the bride and groom about the upcoming event.