The Skinny on The Rehearsal Dinner

Some rehearsal dinners are so lavish and the guest list is so large that it rivals the wedding itself, other are casual and family focused and are budget friendly, whatever route you go if you are having a rehearsal dinner the following information can assist you to make some serious decisions:

Who Pays? Traditionally the grooms parents, but given the economy today, other family members sich as grandmothers and aunts help foot the bill.

Who Should Attend? Anyone at the wedding rehearsal plus significant others. Some couples especially destination brides invite out of town guests also.

When Should They Be Invited? At least 2 weeks ahead of  the date and please do request rsvp’s

Where? Anywhere from a private home to a restaurant. Just be sure its close to the rehearsal site.

Decor? Thats really up to you. But you can have some simple arrangements added to tables or you can be as lavish as you want.

Time? Arrange to wrap up early instead of partying all night. A hung over bridal party does not look good in wedding photos. For example the last wedding we did a bridesmaid got  badly burned in her chest from drinking some volcano shot drink at a rehearsal dinner. The photographer spent huge amounts of time trying to edit the bandage from the burn from the pictures.


49 Replies to “The Skinny on The Rehearsal Dinner”

  1. Go to your favourite restaurant.
    There should be no haggling about who attends the rehearsal dinner. The general list is you, your bride, both sets of parents, wedding party and any other family members who may not be in the wedding party. Beyond that, you are not required to invite anyone else.

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