A rehearsal dinner is usually held before the wedding ceremony and the guests are often the close family members and friends of the bride and groom. Rehearsal dinners are often intended for the family members and friends of the bride and groom to get to know each other better and have a lovely evening. Rehearsal dinners are a great opportunity for two families to get to know each other leisurely before the wedding ceremony, which tends to be rather hectic. The leisurely setting allows everyone to relax and enjoy the celebration before the busy day arrives. Furthermore, it serves as an opportunity for the bride and groom to thank every person personally for helping around with the wedding plans.
Planning a rehearsal dinner may seem like a challenging task. However, with a little bit of knowledge, planning one may turn out to be a breeze. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about rehearsal dinners.
Who foots the bill?
Traditionally, the groom’s parents foot the bill and costs of rehearsal dinners. On the contrary, in today’s modern society, either the bride or groom’s parents can foot the bill.
Who do I invite to my rehearsal dinner?
Anyone who has helped out in your wedding plans! This includes your bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, flower girls and ring bearers and close family and friends. It is up to you and your future spouse to decide. Remember, the rehearsal dinner is for you and your family to enjoy together.
When should I start planning for my rehearsal dinner?
In general, you should make your dinner reservations at least three to six months in advance. Three months before the rehearsal dinner, you should have a slight idea as to who will be invited and how many guests will be present. Having a rehearsal dinner two to three days before the wedding ceremony would allow everyone to rest well before the main event. Having an extra day between the rehearsal dinner and the wedding ceremony would allow you and your guests to sleep off that hangover too!
What is the best location for my rehearsal dinner?
Aren’t there too many beautiful locations for a rehearsal dinner to choose from? Remember that your favorite restaurant is always a good choice. You could also consider its location. A good location would also be one that is convenient and accessible location to most of your guests. Lastly, ensure that your restaurant or event room is able to provide some privacy for you and your guests, especially if some dancing and singing is going to be wild!
Although there will be a cake at my wedding reception, do I need a cake for the rehearsal dinner too?
Having a cake is not necessary. Other desserts will do just fine! Professionals suggest that desserts should complement the whole meal. This depends on what meats were served for dinner. For instance, if beefsteak were served, a refreshing citrus dessert would be a light way to end the meal. Also, chocolate desserts would complement a dinner that included chicken or fish.
When should I send out invitations to my rehearsal dinner?
The invitations should be sent out at least a month before the rehearsal dinner, but after the wedding invitation. It is customary to send the invitations for the wedding and rehearsal dinner separately as it is polite. Although wedding invitations often have clean, classy designs, invitations to rehearsal dinners can be as colorful and creative as your imagination can go! Remember, a rehearsal dinner is a fun celebration and is less formal than the wedding ceremony.
Have fun planning your wedding ceremony and the rehearsal dinner – you will have amazing memories that you can keep for a lifetime!