Your plate is full planning for the wedding, but as you are finding out, there are many elements that make up a day and many times you are planning activities for a wedding weekend. The rehearsal dinner is one of the best parts of the whole experience. This is your opportunity to blend and unite your families before the hustle & bustle of the big day. So, what is the deal with rehearsal dinners and whose duty is it really? Well, read on to find out more about this great tradition.
What: The rehearsal dinner is a time to join together, relax and share in amazing moments together before the activities of the big day get started. This is also the time for both of your parents to give toasts, give your bridal party their gifts and thank your close guests for coming to celebrate in your special occasion. Rehearsal dinners are relaxed and really my favorite part of the whole wedding celebration. You can have great fun in getting creative with the menu, location (our Yurt Square is a great location!) and doing an event that is completely different from the wedding itself. You can have a BBQ with S'mores roasting over the fire pit or enjoy a formal plated dinner in the floor to ceiling window adorned Adams room. Whatever your style, or your mother in-laws I should say, then go for it. There is no right or wrong way to do a rehearsal dinner (and that's the best part about it!)
When: Rehearsal dinners are customarily the night before the wedding after the rehearsal. It is custom for the Groom's parents to take on the planning (and budget) for this event, however, if they don't seem interested in putting together such an event, then put your bridal party on the task. This should be planned about two months out so you can secure your location and get out all the information to the bridal party on your master weekend timeline.
Who: Those typically invited to the rehearsal dinner are anyone that is apart of the ceremony. If they are going to be attending the rehearsal, then they should be at the dinner. However, if you are having a lot of guests coming in from out-of-town the day before, it is customary for them to be invited to the dinner as well. Also, don't forget the dates of your wedding party! Depending on your wedding size, a pretty average number for the rehearsal dinner is 50 guests.
So, now you know the basics. If you need help on the details or coordinating a great location and spectacular menu, then reach out to us. Don't miss the opportunity to get everyone together and experience that great bond before the big day, and maybe even have a delicious Salmon Burger!