The rehearsal dinner is the perfect opportunity for the couples’ family and close friends to bond before tying the knot!! Therefore, it is important that the dinner is well-planned, as to make a good impression on all those guests attending. Realistically, if the rehearsal dinner doesn’t go right, there is a good chance guests won’t have high expectations for the actual wedding.
The following is advice for all you brides to take into consideration when planning your rehearsal dinner:
* Typically, the groom’s family is responsible for the costs of the rehearsal dinner
* The dinner is meant for 50 people or less, which includes the immediate family, the bridal party and any out of town guests.
* If the rehearsal dinner is the night before the wedding, you should start it earlier rather than later (say 6:00 PM)
* Do not plan the rehearsal dinner in accordance with the theme or tone of the wedding. You wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise aspect of your wedding for guests, and as it is a completely different event, it’s only appropriate to have a different set-up.
* Finally, make sure you choose a venue that is spacious enough to accommodate your guests and any cocktails or food that will be supplied throughout the night! The last thing you want is for guests to be cluttered when they are just beginning to know one another.