Rehearsal Dinner Etiquette

by Claire Valenty on January 26, 2010

in Wedding Etiquette

wedding rehearsal dinner etiquette

Wondering what proper rehearsal dinner etiquette is? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Below are some of the major considerations ahead of you when planning your wedding rehearsal dinner.

Who do you invite to the wedding rehearsal dinner?
Traditionally, the bridal party and their “date” are invited to the rehearsal dinner. This includes the bride and groom’s parents. It can also be expanded to close family, out of town wedding guests and special guests of honor (for example, if you happen to be friends with some famous celebrity who will be attending your wedding; the paparazzi stalking them will also produce some great shots of your rehearsal dinner).

Who pays for the rehearsal dinner?
The groom’s parents.

Where do you have your rehearsal dinner?
As the groom’s parents will be paying for this, and therefore setting the budget, this is greatly influenced by them. It’s acceptable to have it anywhere from a casual get together at someone’s house to a fancy restaurant. It should be taken into consideration that rehearsal dinners include drinks and a three course meal (appetizer/salad, entrée and dessert). Don’t forget the tip!

Anything else you need to know about your rehearsal dinner?
The rehearsal dinner is held the night before the wedding, after the wedding rehearsal, hence, the name. The atmosphere is usually intimate and very casual and guests are expected, actually encouraged, to all perform toasts to the bride and groom, usually involving a funny story. This is also a good opportunity for the bride and groom to thank everyone for all of their help (and sacrifices!) in putting the wedding together.

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