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months of planning and a meticulous overview of all of the events surrounding
your wedding, you may be ready to relax and enjoy a good meal surrounded by all
of your favorite people. That's where the rehearsal dinner fits into your wedding
plans. The dinner is essentially a small party held after the rehearsal, the night
before the wedding.
ceremony rehearsal is held at the site where the actual ceremony will take place
the next day. The priest, reverend or officiant will run the rehearsal, which
should be a brief run-through of where the members of the wedding party should
stand and sit during the ceremony. It is helpful for the bride and groom to get
a feel for what will be going on during the ceremony.
the rehearsal, everyone involved in the wedding should be included in a small
party or get-together. This gathering can be held at any of the following places:
- The church or ceremony
- A restaurant
- A country
sure to decide on a site for the rehearsal dinner about four months before your
wedding day. Many restaurants, clubs, hotels and churches have rooms that they
rent for such special occasions, but they may be booked months in advance. If
you and your fiancée have a special restaurant you really like, you may
want to inquire if they cater to private parties.
you are booking a site, find out if you have to rent the room or if it is included
with the price of the food. Also inquire about the menu. Will the full menu be
offered to your guests or just a small sampling of items? Also, find out if beverages
are included in the prices or if they cost extra. Remember that you will be responsible
for paying for the guests' meals (unless you parents or your fiancé's parents
have agreed to pick up the tab).
rehearsal dinner is a great time to be able to thank the people in your wedding
party. It is customary to give each one of them a gift at this dinner. You may
also want to just relax and enjoy the meal because your wedding day may be somewhat
stressful and fast-paced.
sure to make it a party that ends early if the wedding is the next day. You will
want to get plenty of rest before your big day.
Rehearsal Dinner Worksheet from the Creative Wedding Planner!
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