Should the couple decide to have one, rehearsal dinners are meant to give the couple a chance to relax before the big day. It gives them a chance to just sit back and appreciate everything they’ve done and everything their family and friends has done for them. A rehearsal dinner will also give the couple the chance to talk to the people who matter the most. Just don’t forget to send out the rehearsal dinner invitations.
What is a rehearsal dinner? The rehearsal dinner is a time to relax, kick back, and engage the guests at the wedding. It’s an informal, casual meal that takes place after a wedding rehearsal. This meal is usually the night before the wedding. Since the rigors of the wedding the day after are going to take up a lot of energy, this is kind of a time to catch up, take a breather, and relax with old friends. Sometimes, the wedding party may be unfamiliar with each other, and the rehearsal dinner takes care of that. The bride and groom also get to give thanks, acknowledgements, and speeches to, and about, the guests, family members, and other people that have volunteered and contributed to the wedding preparations.
There is something about actually choosing, addressing and mailing out your invitations that makes your wedding concrete–this is where you know you are really getting married. And this is where your guests will begin to feel what kind of day it is going to be. So, take your time and make this part of the wedding process creative, enjoyable and bonding for all.
What happens at a rehearsal dinner? There are toasts, speeches, expressions of thanks, and other games and trivialities to entertain the guests. Everything is informal and even jokes are in good taste. Sometimes, the couple gets royally roasted. That’s always fun!
I don’t mean just the menu, but the whole event. Some couples may want a formal multi-course meal with a large guest list; others may want a quiet and cozier celebration. By talking with them, you can see if what they want is what you can afford and adapt accordingly. Even though it may be your party to plan, it is after all their celebration. So work together with the kids and with some careful planning you can host the dinner of their dreams.