Friday, August 19, 2011

UNIQUE Advice: Rehearsal Dinner

This blog is courtesy of our guest blogger, Amy Perrone, our Summer intern.

It’s almost time for the big day! You and your fiancé have spent so much time on all the details of planning your wedding, and all of that planning is about to be history. The only thing left to do is decide the details of the Rehearsal Dinner. When it comes to planning the Rehearsal Dinner, many couples are left with question marks above their heads, not being able to decide on who to invite, who hosts, where to have it, etc.

Never fear! Here's some tips to help you along:

  • Traditionally, the Parents of the Groom are responsible for the Rehearsal Dinner. They may want to plan it all themselves or they may choose to have the Bride & Groom involved in the planning.

  • To select your venue and menu, make it personal! Ask yourself, "Is there a certain restaurant that you and your fiance love to go to?" "Is there a type of food that you and your fiance love?" Or even, "What did you eat or where did you go on your first date?"

  • Choosing who to invite can be a challenge. The Dinner can be kept very intimate, by only inviting the Parents of the Bride and Groom, or it can be a full-on shindig with the whole wedding party and family and friends.

  • A courtesy to your out-of-town guests, is to invite them to the Rehearsal Dinner. Chances are, they're hungry and worn out from traveling. They probably don't have plans for dinner.

  • When it comes to the formality and decor of the Rehearsal Dinner. Remember, it is a pre-cursor to the wedding. Don't try to outdo or copy the wedding.

  • The Rehearsal Dinner is a great place for both families to get to know each other. When the wedding arrives they will be great friends!

  • The Rehearsal Dinner presents a great opportunity for the Bride & Groom to thank their families, friends, and wedding party. It's also the perfect time for you to give them their gifts.

  • Cheers and good luck!

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