All of your planning has come to a finish. The bridesmaids have their dresses, the flowers have been ordered, song list has been given to the DJ and all of your relatives are arriving into town to celebrate your big day! The day before your wedding day, you’ll likely have a wedding rehearsal at your church or your ceremony site, to iron out any kinks and remove any last minute jitters about your wedding ceremony, when you’ll become husband and wife. Typically the only attendants of your wedding rehearsal are the wedding party, bride and groom and parents of the bride and groom – basically anyone who will be in the actual wedding ceremony.
After your wedding rehearsal, it is traditional for the groom’s parents to host a rehearsal dinner for the wedding party to celebrate (lightly), the bride and groom’s last day as a single couple. It’s a time when the bride and groom can relax with their loved ones before the big day ahead of them, as well as visit with some of their wedding party. Your rehearsal dinner can be small and only include the bride and groom’s immediate family and wedding party or it can be much larger by inviting out of town guests or a majority of your wedding guests or relatives.
At your rehearsal dinner, this can be a great time to give gifts to your wedding party for the wedding, if you haven’t done so already. The bride and groom may also want to give presents to their parents to thank them for their help in the planning and hosting of their wedding. The father of the groom traditional gives a speech to thank guests for attending, and a toast to the soon-to-be-wed couple. The bride and groom may also want to give a speech thanking their parents and wedding party for all of their help and dedication. Make sure your rehearsal dinner ends at an appropriate time, and try to keep the alcohol to a minimum, as you don’t want anyone having dark circles or a hangover on your wedding day – especially the bride and groom!
Not sure what kind of rehearsal dinner to host? Your rehearsal dinner can be something simple, like dinner at a favorite restaurant or be more elaborate with a party theme and decor. Try to think about what appeals to the bride and groom and what signifies them as a couple. If they met in Italy or have Italian families, you could have an Italian themed rehearsal dinner and choose an italian themed rehearsal dinner invitation to match. If the couple is having a laid back wedding, perhaps a bbq rehearsal dinner is the choice for you. Remember that your rehearsal dinner theme does not have to match your wedding theme. You could have a Mardi Gras themed rehearsal dinner and a black tie wedding the next day – the possibilities are endless. Our rehearsal dinner invitations feature elegant table settings, formal silverware, floral patterns, rustic place settings, wedding rehearsal themes, Italian dinner themes and bride and groom dress forms.
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