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.
Rehearsal dinner invitations are usually necessary when the dinner is going to have more than 24 guests. Typical dinners usually consist of about a dozen members of the bride’s family and a dozen members of the groom’s family. Simply letting people know is sufficient. However, more guests than that require personalized, fun invitations.
If you are a Valentine or Spring bride, you are no doubt in the throes of wedding invitations as you are reading this. There is so much to consider that it is easy to get overwhelmed. Plus, with the uncertain economy, the budget you originally set may be obsolete. Before you get discouraged, here are 3 ways that Layered Invitations can help.
Layered Shower and Rehearsal Dinner Invitations: Although almost everyone focuses exclusively on the wedding invitations, there are many other events that require invitations. Layered shower or rehearsal invitations can be coordinated with the wedding invitation or be a completely different style. So you may have a more formal pocket folder wedding invitation and then compliment it with a more casual, layered rehearsal dinner invitation or bride and groom shower invitation. Either way, you have a creative look and feel to your wedding events.
Who takes on the bill for the rehearsal dinner? Usually, the groom’s parents pay for the rehearsal dinner. Sometimes, couples integrate the cost into their wedding planning budget. Other times, both sets of parents pay for it. Since it’s such an informal event, there are no set rules pertaining to it.