It’s time to iron out the kinks before the big day arrives! Rehearsal Dinners are typically held the day prior to your wedding, right after your ceremony rehearsal at your church or ceremony site. It’s a great way to relax after the stress of the wedding planning and rehearsal and prepare for your big day.
Rehearsal dinners are typically celebrated with the bride and groom, family members, close friends and wedding party. It has also become more popular to invite out of town guests to the rehearsal dinner to provide them with a meal after their possible long travels.
Typically the groom’s parents host a rehearsal dinner, as the bride’s parents host the wedding. When planning your rehearsal dinner, talk with your hosts about what you envisioned and pool your ideas together. You can make it formal and flashy or casual and relaxing – the choice is yours, however you do not want to “out-do” your wedding. Your rehearsal dinner should not feel like your actual wedding. Do something fun and choose a theme for your rehearsal dinner, whether it’s a beach theme, seafood boil, Italian theme or a wine theme. Or, choose something more simple with a nice dinner at a favorite restaurant of the bride and groom.
Choose a rehearsal dinner invitation that coordinates with your theme or rehearsal dinner style. The above invitation, Toasts and Good Cheer by Red Leaf Papers, is perfect for those without a specific rehearsal dinner theme, who are simply hosting a nice get-together for dinner for their guests. It’s contemporary, stylish and also comes in multiple colors. If you’re looking for something more specific, check out some of our most popular rehearsal dinner invitations below, whether you’re looking for an Italian, seafood or dinner theme…
Your bridal party will likely be expecting your rehearsal dinner invitation, thus sending the invitation out about three weeks prior to the rehearsal dinner is acceptable. You can include information about the church rehearsal on your invitation or leave it out, depending on whether or not all guests are attending both the rehearsal and the dinner. When planning your rehearsal dinner, it may be a nice time for the bride and groom to present their wedding party with their gifts, as well as give a gift to the parents of the bride and groom. Make the party special while also relaxing, as you have one BIG day ahead of you!