As if planning a wedding isn’t enough work, tradition forces us to plan a rehearsal dinner as well. But have no fear! After everything you’ve planned, the rehearsal dinner is a simple last step. Here are a few key etiquette tips to keep in mind when planning a traditional rehearsal dinner.
Hosts: The Groom’s parents traditionally host the rehearsal dinner, but as always with weddings, there is room for change. The idea behind this is that the Bride’s family is hosting the wedding so the Groom’s family hosts the rehearsal dinner.
Invitations: Can be much less formal then your wedding invitation and should be sent about four weeks before the rehearsal. Be sure to include the rehearsal information and timing for those who need to attend both that and the dinner.
Guests: Should include the obvious, wedding party, family (especially out of town family) and close friends. The rehearsal dinner should include more than just those who have to attend the wedding rehearsal but should still be a smaller guest list then that of the wedding day.
Toasts: Are prefect for a rehearsal dinner! This is a great way to include more than the standard best man and maid of honor toasts. It also gives a chance for those not in the wedding party to say a few words about the happy couple.
Gifts: Are optional but the rehearsal dinner is a great time for the bride and groom to give gifts to their bridal party and/or family! This night is much more intimate and calm then the wedding day and may be the best time to thank everyone in your wedding personally. Guests on the other hand, should not bring gifts to the couple at the rehearsal dinner.