The purpose of a rehearsal dinner is to thank the wedding party and everyone involved in planning the event and to relax and enjoy each others company the night before the wedding. It’s often an informal event held after the rehearsal, the evening before the wedding.
Traditionally the groom’s parents pay for the rehearsal dinner, but there are many scenarios that are seen nowadays. Sometimes both parents host it together, other times the couple budget the dinner into their overall expenses.
Who plans it?
It is traditionally the groom’s mother who plans the rehearsal dinner, ask your future mother-in-law if she would like to and is able to.
How do I invite my guests?
Should I invite out-of-town guests?
Rehearsal dinner is traditionally for the wedding party and immediate family. However, if you can afford the additions, inviting out-of-town guests is a nice gesture so they’re not left alone in an unfamiliar town. If you are not able to, be sure to include some local restaurants and things to do on your wedding website for your out-of-town guests. Another option is to invite them to meet you for drinks after dinner.
The rehearsal dinner is the perfect time for the bride and groom to give thanks and toast their families and the wedding party. It’s also a great idea to include other activities such as ice breakers, pool, poker, volleyball or other interactive activities that will allow the two families to get to know each other better and relax before the big day.
If you’re not hosting a bridesmaid’s luncheon the rehearsal dinner is a wonderful time to give out bridesmaids and groomsmen gifts.