Rehearsal Dinner Tips and Etiquette

Rehearsal Dinner Tips and Etiquette
A rehearsal dinner usually takes place the night before your wedding upon completing a detailed walk-through of your upcoming ceremony. Now that the planning stage is over, it’s finally time to relax and spend quality time with the wedding party and those closest to you.  Whether you choose to have your rehearsal dinner in the back yard or in a swanky restaurant, here’s what you need to know about rehearsal dinner etiquette.

Select a Venue
One of the nice things about planning the rehearsal dinner is that there are no rules. You can plan a classy four-course meal or keep things light and casual. The only thing you want to avoid is upstaging the wedding itself. Some couples like to stick with their wedding theme and ambiance, while others want to be completely unique. Once you find a location you like, call a few months in advance to secure the venue and allow time for a catering or menu selection if necessary. Some restaurants hold private rooms with a limited menu for small events such as this.

Who to Invite
The guest list for a rehearsal dinner should include the wedding party and immediate family along with their spouses. Some couples even like to include out of town guests or extended family members. The size of your guest list will vary based on budget, location, and the size of your wedding party. Anyone included on your list should receive an invitation to the rehearsal dinner that includes all necessary details for the event.

Enjoy the evening
Traditionally, intimate speeches are given at a rehearsal dinner and the host of the party will kick things off. This person will give a special shout out to the couple and thank everyone in attendance. Then the floor is open for the wedding party to share stories and give their blessing to the soon to be newlyweds. While it is difficult to do this at a wedding reception, the rehearsal dinner offers the perfect opportunity for them to speak. This is also a good time for the couple to share their gratitude to the wedding party and anyone who helped them along their journey.

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