Wedding Rehearsals - Planning the Rehearsal Dinner

Q.  We are responsible for providing a dinner for the wedding party and family after the wedding rehearsal. We know nothing about giving such an event.


A.  There's really not much to the rehearsal dinner other than choosing a place that's close to where the actual rehearsal will take place so everyone doesn't have far to drive. It should be a place that offers adequate seating and pricing for what you can afford - unless you're going to throw it at your home with the help of a caterer.

People to invite are:

1. Entire wedding party and their spouses
2. Immediate family
3. The officiant and spouse (who probably will decline)
4. VERY close family friends that traveled far and wide

It should remain intimate and not get out of hand - no need to spend a fortune.

There aren't favors given - but this is a good time to toast the couple since it's really just the best man that gets this honor on the special day.

This is also the time when the bride and groom give their attendants gifts for being a part of the wedding party.

Have Fun!

Deborah Keck, Wedding Expert, Wedding Expert

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