Rehearsal Dinner Guide
There is much more to holding a wedding rehearsal than just knowing where you should stand during the vows. A number of unanticipated things could go wrong and it's important to have a run-through of the big day, just as any other public event would have. Though the formal gathering of a rehearsal dinner is more popular in North America, it is always a nice gesture to treat your wedding party to a meal after the rehearsal. Read on for some helpful ideas and advice on how to plan the rehearsal.
Why Hold One?
Just like the theatre, a wedding requires a little bit of stage management too. After all, you will have an audience and certainly will want all of the details in place.
- There are a lot of things to think about.
- Is your selected music long enough or will the song end before you can make it all the way up the aisle ?
- Will your entire wedding party fit comfortably on the altar space?
- What will you do with the wedding bouquet during the ring exchange?
- It's also enjoyable to have a rehearsal prior to the wedding so that family members and friends can meet one another.
- Invite everyone involved in your ceremony to the rehearsal. It's an excellent time for people to get acquainted.
- Try to incorporate your readers, musicians, and officiants into the rehearsal. You will want to be sure that they have the right cues as well.
When To Do It
Though people will go out of their way to be available on your wedding day, it can be difficult to gather everyone together at once prior to the wedding.
- Think about holding the rehearsal on the evening before the wedding.
- If guests are travelling from out of town, reserve a room for them at a local hotel.
- Hold the rehearsal 1-3 days prior to the wedding.
- Having the rehearsal a week or more prior to the ceremony can only lead to mishaps.
- You will want to hold the rehearsal as close to the wedding day as you can, so that directions and rituals are fresh in everyone's mind.
- Confirm a date and time with your ceremony venue.
- No matter which day you decide to hold your rehearsal, check with the venue to make sure it's available.
- You will want to know that there are no conflicts before you send word about a date and time to your guests.
Do's and Don'ts
If dinner is a part of your plans, ponder these thoughts.
- Decide who is going.
- Will you only take out the wedding party? Will friends and family be welcome to join? The choice is yours, but be clear about your expectations.
- Decide who pays.
- Traditionally, the groom and/or his family pick up the tab of the rehearsal dinner.
- More modern couples may choose to pay for this dinner themselves.
- Decide where to go.
- Make a reservation at your favourite restaurant or look for one in close proximity to the venue.
- Estimate the number of guests going and call ahead to make sure that the restaurant can accommodate your party.
Look at some of these guides to complete the details of your wedding rehearsal.