A wedding rehearsal dinner is (more or less) what it sounds like. It's a chance for you and your fiancé to get your families together before the big day, get to know everyone a little more, and celebrate this huge life event you're about to have. Still a little confused? We're here for you; here's everything you need to know about wedding rehearsal dinners.
What is it all about?
The rehearsal dinner has changed a little bit over time, but the idea remains the same. After the bridal party does a walk through of the ceremony, everyone gathers for a dinner. It's up to you how formal or informal you'd like to have this event!
Why have a rehearsal dinner?
The main goal for this rehearsal dinner is to be able to get out the jitters you've been having and relax with your family (and soon to be family). It's definitely a more low-key night compared to the wedding day. You get a little more time to connect with guests one-on-one and don't have to worry (as much) about timing and seating details.
Who should you invite?
Of course this is up to you, but typically the wedding rehearsal dinner includes immediate family, the wedding party and their spouses (and their children, if you want!), and people often invite the officiant as well. The dinner can be as small or as large as you would like. It's also good to keep in mind guests who have travelled to be at your wedding, or those who are staying at the hotel the night before. You can send out formal invites, or do something more casual if it's a small get together.
Where does it happen?
Anywhere you'd like! It doesn't have to be in a hall, or be formal. It can be a BBQ in your backyard, or a few apps & drink at your favourite pub in town. The place sets the tone of the dinner, just make sure to inform the guests so they know what to expect!
What's it going to look like?
The rehearsal dinner is the sneak big of the big event - your wedding! You can add in different parts of your theme, like incorporating colours and different foods. Really it all depends on the guests coming and your budget!
What goes down?
Of course it's up to you, but usually the dinner rehearsal has a few parts you hold on to. The meet & greet gives you a chance to welcome everyone, a few toasts may happen at the end of the night to wrap things up and it's also a great chance to give any last minute reminders you may have for your guests.
The wedding rehearsal dinner isn't meant to cause extra stress, it's your chance to prep for the next day with your closest family and friends. The rehearsal dinner has become it's own mini celebration, whether you decide to keep it casual or make it an elegant affair. It's the pre-party to the big party, have fun with it!