The rehearsal dinner is a fantastic time to get together with your wedding party and celebrate your upcoming wedding day. However, there is more to this celebration than just a good meal and a few drinks. Here are some dos and don’ts to keep your rehearsal dinner enjoyable for everyone.
The Dos of the Rehearsal Dinner
Do make time to share meaningful conversations with those in attendance. With the hectic wedding day ahead, chances are you will not have the time for a deep conversation with them at the reception. Take the time to reminisce over old stories, laugh at memories, and enjoy their company, especially if these are people you do not get to see often. Also, be sure to thank them for standing by you on this special day.
Do be sure to plan your rehearsal dinner at a location that is near your venue. This will allow you to get to your dinner fairly quickly after the wedding rehearsal is over. It will also prevent anyone from getting lost on the way to the dinner venue, particularly those who are unfamiliar with the area.
Do let your guests know what will be served at the meal ahead of time. If you are only planning passed trays with small bites, for example, you should let your guests know that there will not be a full meal. This way, they can prepare by eating something beforehand. Doing this also allows for those with food allergies to make preparations to accommodate their diet.
The Don’ts of the Rehearsal Dinner
Don’t expect gifts at this event. This is a time to thank your wedding attendants. You might even consider giving them gifts to show your appreciation for their time and dedication to your big day.
Don’t spend a lot of money on the invitations. They should look nice and include the pertinent information. However, you do not want them to upstage the wedding invitations. Keep them simple. You could even send out e-vites to make it more convenient and less expensive.
Don’t let the evening go too late. Yes, this is a time to have fun and celebrate with some of your closest friends and family members, but it is also a very busy time. Try to end your evening before 11 p.m. to allow everyone to get enough rest before the big day.
This is a day that you will always remember. Make sure you keep in mind these tips to ensure everyone has a wonderful time celebrating you and your fiancé.