Your Rehearsal Dinner
The wedding rehearsal is a practice of the wedding ceremony from beginning to end. This will allow anyone who is involved in the wedding ceremony to feel more comfortable the next day. Anyone who will be playing a role in the ceremony should attend to make sure that they know all of their responsibilities. Now that the big day is almost here, it is time to relax. Enjoy some time and a pre-wedding meal with family and close friends at the rehearsal dinner.
When you are trying to decide on the size and style of your rehearsal dinner, remember that it shouldn’t overshadow the style of your ceremony. The rehearsal can complement the style of the ceremony or be something completely different. It can be anything from a formal dinner to a casual outdoor picnic.
Traditionally the Groom’s parents host the rehearsal dinner. Given the more relaxed standards of modern times, other relatives, or even the couple themselves may host the event. Whoever does end up throwing the party should okay everything with the bride and groom to avoid food or style conflicts.
When choosing your guest list you don’t need to make it big. Only those who will actually take part in the rehearsal – plus their spouses or dates- need to attend. While those are the only people who need to be there, you can expand your guest list. You may want to include other family members such as Grandparents and close friends. Many couples may even choose to invite their out of town friends, turning the rehearsal into a sort of welcoming party. If you are inviting this many people, consider sending written invitations. They do not need to be as formal as the wedding invitations but can reflect their style.
The rehearsal dinner should reflect the bride and grooms own personal style. It should be a fun filled evening with two families coming together in an intimate setting.
We wish you the best of luck in the planning of your own rehearsal dinner!