what happens at rehearsal dinner?

In case you didn’t notice, it’s rehearsal dinner week.

We’ve figured out the style of the rehearsal, who to invite, and who is footin’ the bill, now we need to go over what exactly is expected to happen during this event?

what are you suppose to do?

Whether you are at a country club dinner with a served, plated meal or in your backyard, this event is suppose to be more relaxed when compared to the obvious formality of the wedding. A few things that usually happens:

  1. Toasts – this is the time anyone can give a toast. You’ll want to encourage Uncle Bob to give a toast at the rehearsal dinner as opposed to the middle of your reception with 200 friends, co-workers and extended family.
  2. Gifts – couples often will give out gifts to their wedding party. This isn’t always the case, but sometimes the gifts lend itself to be given just before the wedding so it becomes a perfect time.

If the groom’s parents are hosting the wedding rehearsal this is a perfect time for the father and mother of the groom to make a toast or welcome speech; as the focus will shift at the wedding to the bride’s father and mother.

not too stuffy

We never create timelines for wedding rehearsals, except for a beginning and ending time. Rehearsals should just happen and naturally flow.

Still more to come tomorrow. You won’t want to miss it, cause it’s going to shake up everything you’ve always thought about wedding rehearsals.

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plan on!



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