7 tips for a fabulous rehearsal dinner
Wedding planning tips from top wedding planners in Canada and the U.S.
There are all sorts of ideas about what a rehearsal dinner should be. Some prefer formal while others like kicking back with pizza. We asked some of the top wedding planners for some tips. Here’s what they shared:
“Rehearsal Dinners are where you want to have everyone who wants to speak or give a toast to have their time, outside of your Best Man, Maid of Honor and Parents. Limiting your toasts on your wedding day, and enjoying them at the rehearsal dinner, will definitely allow more time for dancing and play!”
“Rehearsal dinners have changed along with wedding trends. Traditionally, the dinner was given the night before the wedding by the parents of the groom. Everyone in both families, the wedding party, and from out of town was invited. The dinner was a more formal affair, but not so much anymore. Here are some of my tips for planning the best rehearsal dinners!
Do something low-key and outdoors if the season is right and you have a friend or family member willing to let you host it at their home. Keep the bar limited for the event — beer, wine, and soft drinks are more than enough. A beach or a pretty backyard requires little — same with some indoor venues. Remember it’s not the wedding reception.
No dancing required on this night — that’s what the wedding reception is for. Plug in an iPod, let family members sing or perform.
If you’re not inviting everyone, keep the plans on the down low and send invitations specifically to the invitees. Don’t put anything on the schedule for the whole group that not all of the guests are invited to attend.”
“Always have a rehearsal , no matter what. Even if it’s 15 minutes before your actual dinner have a rehearsal in your backyard, even a parking lot, if you can’t get into your ceremony venue. It’s better for everyone to know what they’re doing then to have a slightly anxious or stressed look on their face as they walked down the aisle being not too sure certain where they should be going.”
“Rehearsal dinners are a great way for a couple to say thank you to their close family and bridal party for all of the help and support they have given throughout the planning process. Rehearsal dinners should be fun and informal; just a great night out with your favourite people!”