By the time you reach the rehearsal dinner, you’re on the home stretch to the wedding day. This dinner is held the night before the main event (usually after the ceremony rehearsal), so tell Uncle David to go easy on the scotch if he doesn’t want a sore head while watching his favorite niece walking down the aisle.
Here is some general etiquette on the rehearsal dinner:
Tradition dictates that it’s hosted and paid for by the groom’s parents. It can be held at their home or in a private room of a restaurant. Parents, step-parents, grandparents, siblings and their partners, bridesmaids, groomsmen and the ceremony officiant are invited.
The dress code can be whatever the bride and groom (or hosts) want, but it’s never more elaborate than the wedding reception itself (don’t want to peak too soon!)
While guests are enjoying their dinner, the father of the groom makes a short speech about the wedding and offers a toast. Then the father of the bride says a few words, followed by the groom, then the bride. Sometimes certain guests who won’t get to make a speech at the wedding like to say a few words – now’s the time. Phew! Will there be anything left to say tomorrow?!
The bride and groom should show their appreciation towards anyone who’s helped with the wedding planning. The reason the toasts/speeches/ embarrassing stories are shared during dinner rather than after is so that the celebration can remain short and everyone can turn in early for the night so they are fresh as a daisy for the big day.
If the thank-you gifts for the bridal party haven’t already been given during the showers/luncheon, the rehearsal dinner is when they should be presented.
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