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Rehearsal Dinner Invitations

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Time to iron out all the kinks and prepare for your big day!  Nobody wants to be running around frantically ten minutes before the wedding ceremony trying to find all the bouquets, line up the bridal party and searching for the flower girl who just ran down the aisle ahead of time!  Weddings can be crazy, especially when it comes down to crunch time.  Be prepared for your wedding ceremony by hosting a rehearsal the day before you walk down the aisle.  You can set this up with your wedding venue or church ahead of time, and coordinate with your preacher or officiant to make sure everything will be perfect when it comes time to say your vows.

Since the bride’s family traditionally hosts the wedding, it is traditional for the groom’s family to host the rehearsal dinner, which is typically held directly after the church or ceremony venue rehearsal.  Your rehearsal dinner can be elegant and classy, similar to your wedding, or it can be fun, laid back and casual to help you relax and have fun before the big day ahead.  Keep in mind though, you never want to out-stage your wedding with your rehearsal dinner.  If your wedding is casual, keep the rehearsal dinner casual too.  Your rehearsal dinner invitations should not cost more than your wedding invites!

When planning your rehearsal dinner, you can keep it small with only inviting the wedding party and immediately families of the bride and groom, or you can be more elaborate with inviting most guests from the wedding or asking the out of town guests to attend, to give them a nice meal after they traveled so far for your special occasion.  Keep it to your budget and don’t bite off more than you can chew!  The wedding is the main focus!

Choose a theme for your rehearsal dinner and a rehearsal dinner invitation to set the scene.  Some of the most popular themes are barbecue, country & western, seafood boil, fiesta, Italian/Italy, tropical or more formal themes with classic damask pattern designs or sit-down dinner themes.  Be sure that no matter what theme you choose, your guests are able to tell the formality of your rehearsal dinner by the rehearsal dinner invitation you’ve chosen.  Nobody wants to show up to a barbecue themed rehearsal dinner in a suit, or a black-tie dinner wearing a pair of jeans and a polo!

Below are some of our most popular rehearsal dinner invitations that will help you invite your guests to the day before your big day!  Don’t be afraid to do something that doesn’t exactly match your wedding theme, colors or formality.  It’s a day of practice and relaxation before you take the fork in the road to your new life together as husband and wife!