Organizing a rehearsal dinner is an exciting time but without proper planning, it can be a stressful time. You want your rehearsal dinner to be a time when family and the wedding party come together to celebrate the upcoming wedding. You want this to be a time of fun, sharing, and most importantly, relaxation. When planning your own dinner, the following recommendations will help make this a successful and memorable occasion.
The location of the rehearsal dinner is dependent on what you want. Some couples prefer somethng informal while other couples like a full-blown formal occasion. Depending on the type of setting you want, you can then choose the location. For instance, if you want something more casual, then you might consider a comfortable restaurant or even a local park. For a formal setting, a nice restaurant or museum would be ideal.
The host of the rehearsal dinner is traditionally the grooms family. They would be the ones responsible for organizing, choosing the location, the menu, and paying for the dinner. However, more and more couples are sharing in the expenses of the wedding. In this case, the bride and grooms parents can work together to organize the rehearsal dinner.
When it comes to invitees, this would include the families of the bride and groom, the entire wedding party, close friends not in the wedding, and out-of-town guests.
During the rehearsal dinner, most often it is a time of relaxation and a time to mingle. In most cases, guests will offer a toast to the couple, talk about stories of the couple leading up to the wedding, and generally enjoy one anothers company. Some people will bring gifts to the rehearsal dinner although this is not necessary. If you prefer no gifts be brought, then simply put that on the invitations.
To create a unique rehearsal dinner, you can get as creative as you like. Some options include having guests write a poem or favorite story about the couple, having the smaller children put on a little skit, or having a PowerPoint presentation put together, showing fun moments of the couples life together.
Since many dinners are held the night before the wedding, try to end the dinner early enough in the evening so people are not worn out. Once the rehearsal dinner is complete, if not too late, the couple might go with the parents for a drink or cup of coffee before calling it a night.