What Is A Rehearsal Dinner?
A rehearsal dinner is typically a meal and social time held after a run-through of the wedding ceremony. Once everyone has learned their parts, the rehearsal dinner provides a chance for the wedding party to get to know each other better and gives a way for the bride and groom to thank all the people who have agreed to stand up with them on their big day. It can be a formal dinner, an informal barbecue, or something in between. It is not intended to duplicate the wedding reception; it is a chance for close friends and family members to spend fun time together.
Who Should Receive Rehearsal Dinner Invitations?
Traditionally rehearsal dinner invitations were only extended to the wedding party and anyone else who had a role in the wedding ceremony, along with any other immediate family members of the bride and groom.
Who Should Host A Rehearsal Dinner?
If you are keeping with tradition, the groom's parents pay for and host the rehearsal dinner. Since the mother of the groom often doesn’t have a specific role in the wedding, it is a nice way to give her a specific and visible role in preparations. However, with more and more couples marrying at later ages, many of them will choose to include the cost of the rehearsal dinner in their overall wedding planning budget and host it themselves.
Another scenario is for both sets of parents to host it together and to be listed on the rehearsal dinner invitations.
What Happens At A Rehearsal Dinner?
Secure a private room for dinner at a favorite restaurant or find a charming private location. Consider a backyard cookout or a casual gathering in someone’s home. Along with the actual meal, the bride and groom thank and toast their families and the bridal party. Other activities may include video clips of the bride and groom, board games, poker, or backyard games. This is also an appropriate time to give attendants’ gifts to the bridesmaids and groomsmen. However you choose to celebrate it, the rehearsal dinner should leave the bridal party relaxed and ready for the wedding day.
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