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Episode #53 – The Rehearsal Dinner Show
The Rehearsal dinner should be a fun and exciting time. It can be a very fancy upscale event or it can be a very relaxed time. It's really up to you. Go with what you are most comfortable with and your guest will follow suit.
Here is what you should know when it comes to the rehearsal dinner:
- Traditionally before the night of the wedding
- Skipping it is acceptable
- Opportunity for the families to spend time together
- Relieve pre-wedding tension
- Grooms family, organize and pay for but is up to you
- Choose venue-reserve 4-6 months in advance
Who to invite:
- Immediate family and wedding party with their +1
- Officiant +1
- Formal or informal
- Food and atmosphere should reflect a more informal
- Sit down dinner
- Hotel ballroom
- You can turn it into a welcome party for out of town guests, esp destination weddings
Invitations and RSVPs:
- If informal, send out evites
- Meet and greet
- Meet new in-laws
- Bridal party gifts and parents gifts
- Bride and groom present each other gifts
- Groom toasts his wife and thanks guests
- Share wedding timeline
- Secure venue 4-6 months before
- Negotiate cost and menu
3 months before:
- enlist toast makers
- check venue for audio and video for slideshows if needed
- rent if the venue doesn't provide
1 month before:
- seating plan (if needed)
- Order floral if desired
- Final payments
- Final guest count to venue
- Place cards
If you aren't the one planning the rehearsal dinner, share this with the host.
We want to know: Where are you having your rehearsal dinner?
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