A wedding ceremony is, without a doubt, the most important event surrounding a wedding. To make that ceremony perfect, many couples have a rehearsal dinner. Rehearsal dinners are not mandatory, but many couples use them to rehearse for their big day and to celebrate with friends.
The most important advice I can extend is to find the right venue. You need a place that will work within your budget, be responsive to your needs, has good food and an attentive wait staff. So if you are considering a venue that you have never visited before.. GO there for dinner first. You don’t want to waste your time with a place that has poor service or tasteless food no matter how beautiful it may be or how many great reviews you may have read. Keep in mind that in these economic times you are in the driver’s seat, so don’t be afraid to negotiate with the venue. If they give you a per head bar package that bumps up the price, check and see if you can do just beer and wine. Some places will not offer that option unless you ask.
The rehearsal dinner is a chance for the people involved in the wedding to relax ”before the big day” and get to know each other under an informal setting. For the bride and groom, though, it’s a chance for them to thank everyone who has helped them throughout all the preparations. Rehearsal dinners are a chance for the couple to get to know the new in-laws and a chance to hang-out with family and friends before things get crazy at the wedding.
The number of people invited to a wedding rehearsal can vary. There are some couples who invite only the wedding party and others make it a full-fledged party with lots of guest. If you are interested in having a wedding rehearsal dinner, the decision is completely yours. Regardless of how many guests you want to invite, you may want to send out a rehearsal dinner invitation to those you’d like to attend.
The recipient list is very important in the scheme of things. It’s pretty simple. People who have a place in the wedding receive an invite to the rehearsal dinner. This will be the bridal party, the bride’s parents and groom’s parents, and other close people the couple to be would like to invite. Don’t forget the person who delivers the vows. This is a smaller list than the wedding invitation list as it only covers people who actually have a role.