Today, rehearsal dinners have become a standalone event and one that many individuals look forward to. After all, not only do the people go there to enjoy good food, but they also get to know each other. That being said if your special wedding day is around the corner, but you have no clue what a rehearsal dinner is, chances are, you’re pulling your hair all stressed out about it. However, we highly implore you to keep your hair in place. Why? Because we’re here to help!
Today, let’s talk about rehearsal dinners and everything you need to know to ensure it goes smoothly and successfully:
A rehearsal dinner is held in honour of the bride and groom the day before their wedding. It is typically held in a restaurant or may take place at the place where the wedding itself is going to be held. Traditionally, it is the last chance for both bride and groom to have some time with their family and closest friends (as well as several other wedding attendees) a day before all the craziness of the ceremony takes place.
The bride and groom are usually responsible for organising the rehearsal dinner. Such practice is becoming the norm. Of course, such responsibility and the actual cost of hosting such an event are usually shared by several people, including the bride and groom, their parents, grandparents, the parents of the bride and groom, etc. As a result, it is not uncommon for the wedding reception to be held at a restaurant owned by one of these people.
While not everyone is invited to the wedding itself, all members of the bride and groom’s immediate family and close friends are often invited to a rehearsal dinner, along with those who have a hand in helping. However, it is up to the bride and groom if they want to invite everyone. That said, the more people there are at a rehearsal dinner, the more expensive it gets.
As stated above, a rehearsal dinner is a chance for the bride and groom to spend time with their family, friends, and wedding party members a day before the actual wedding. As such, the rehearsal dinner is a fancy party where everyone gets to enjoy each other’s company, socialise, and eat (if the bride and groom are planning the dinner themselves, of course).
A rehearsal dinner invite is usually an elegant invitation that conforms to the high standards of a wedding invitation. It talks about the time of the event, the location, and more. If the bride and groom are organising the rehearsal dinner, it usually says, “Please join us for a rehearsal dinner a day before our wedding. There will be lots of food, good company, and many other events.”
As stated above, the rehearsal dinner can be held where the wedding will be held or in a restaurant of the bride and groom’s (or their parent’s) choice. However, if the couple plans on it, they may hold it where their wedding reception will be.
Like all other wedding events, a rehearsal dinner can be either formal or informal. It is up to the couple, and of course, other factors like budget, etc. However, many couples tend to set the theme to be the same as the wedding, so if that is what you want to do, feel free to do so!
When it comes to your wedding, remember: everything is a bonus, as long as you and your partner enjoy it. That being said, if you and your loved one want to host a rehearsal dinner, then, by all means, do so. If you don’t, then that’s up to you too! But of course, now you know what a rehearsal dinner is all about and what is expected to happen, so in your planning phase, consider what we’ve shared today for a successful pre-wedding day!
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