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 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. beethankful
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 13:31:03

    thanks for sharing


  2. yollyscott
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 23:06:47

    believe one should do this on a shoe string budget.


  3. beethankful
    Jun 17, 2012 @ 19:27:41

    is it really necessary to have a rehearsal dinner?


  4. Allison Johnson
    Jun 17, 2012 @ 22:58:13

    this is a great way to de-stress n bond b4 big day!


  5. yollyscott
    Jun 21, 2012 @ 22:55:25

    Jumping the Broom!


  6. yollyscott
    Jun 21, 2012 @ 22:55:54

    it’s great for bonding and breaking the ice.


  7. beethankful
    Jun 23, 2012 @ 17:44:41

    I think it is a cost that can be eliminated


  8. yollyscott
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 09:44:18

    or just have a social…after the rehearsal


  9. beethankful
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 18:44:38

    I guess its an opportunity to thank your family members and friends so its a good idea


  10. beethankful
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 18:46:32

    The rehearsal dinner can also be the opportunity to relax and unwind before the wedding


  11. beethankful
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 18:47:18

    the rehearsal dinner is typically a relaxed atmosphere


  12. beethankful
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 18:50:04

    Your rehearsal dinner should have a different style and menu than your wedding.


  13. beethankful
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 18:53:40

    It’s not required that you send out invitations for your rehearsal dinner,


  14. beethankful
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 18:54:47

    The rehearsal dinner is a good time to go over any last minute details with your family and wedding party


  15. yollyscott
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 00:29:36

    this reminds of Jumping the Broom


  16. yollyscott
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 00:29:48

    thanks for sharing


  17. yollyscott
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 00:30:05

    an ice breaker it is


  18. yollyscott
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 10:24:53

    if it is a sml wedding skip the rehearsal dinner


  19. yollyscott
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 10:25:13

    To save money, you could plan a barbeque at home, or a casual buffet dinner at your favourite restaurant.


  20. yollyscott
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 10:25:56

    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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