One More Night…The Rehearsal Dinner
The day before the wedding a rehearsal with the bridal party and officiate is required to ensure that everyone knows their “part” for the wedding ceremony. After the rehearsal it is generally a courtesy to host a dinner, or what is commonly known as the rehearsal dinner.
The rehearsal dinner is a traditional festivity where you can enjoy a lovely meal and unwind before the wedding day. It is usually hosted by the groom’s parents, and the guest list includes immediate family members of the bride and groom, the wedding party and their spouses, and the wedding officiant. Sometimes, special out-of-town guests and the parents of younger wedding party members are invited as well.
During the rehearsal dinner, the groom’s father will make an official toast; the bride and groom give a warm thank you to everyone involved for their support; and gifts are given to the attendants. Aside from the simple formalities, this is the time when both families are introduced and take the opportunity to become acquainted with each other.
Today, rehearsal dinners are becoming less formal and taking a casual approach. Popular dinners can include BBQs, cozy Southern comfort dishes, spicy Mexican cuisine, and many endless choices! Of course there is nothing wrong with a formal but relaxing dinner in a favorite restaurant of choice. However you decide to have your rehearsal dinner, it should be a time for yours and your fiancé’s families to become familiar and friendly with one another, and for you both as a couple to take a deep breath and look forward to your special day.