4 Tips for Planning Out a Rehearsal Dinner

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

For many couples, a rehearsal dinner is an event in itself. It’s a chance to unwind, destress, and just take it easy right before the big day. With less than 24 hours until you and your partner tie the knot, this is the best way to celebrate with all of your loved ones.

But just like all the other aspects of a wedding, even the rehearsal dinner is going to need some planning in order to make it just right. While the average rehearsal dinner isn’t actually a real rehearsal, these are some fun ideas. So, what are some helpful tips for making this fun, stress-free, and completely unforgettable? Continue reading to find out!

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Don’t stress over going out to eat

While most couples will opt into going out to eat for their dinner, it’s completely unnecessary and not required at all. If you want to go ahead and do it then feel free, but otherwise, it’s not a requirement at all. In fact, it may be very budget-friendly to just cut out the whole restaurant and instead make the food yourself. This doesn’t mean you need to make everything from scratch either, as the bride and groom, you both should be able to take it easy.

So why not buy some easy-to-cook foods and make some homemade things such as the tzatziki sauce recipe, sesame dressing, or something else to complement what you’re making. Overall, don’t try and create the expectation that everything needs to be perfect because it doesn’t.
Get your guests to be involved

The soon-to-be newlyweds don’t have to do everything themselves, wedding planning is already difficult as it is. Guests are almost always happy to get involved with these sorts of things. Generally speaking, it’s usually the immediate family that goes to the rehearsal dinner. Though you’re more than welcome to invite anybody you want, there aren’t exactly rules that people are bound to. But try to get a small crowd and don’t be afraid to ask for help. This could include assisting with the planning, decorating, paying, or even cooking if this is going to be a homely affair.
Don’t worry about formalities

These types of dinners can be as formal or as informal as you’d like. But for the most part, people tend to keep these a bit informal so everyone feels happy and relaxed. But this is also going to depend on the venue or restaurant for the rehearsal dinner. Chances are, you’ve seen in plenty of shows and movies guests dressing up for the rehearsal dinner. While some choose to do this, you can make the dinner casual if you’d like. There are simply no rules and it’s entirely up to the couple what they may want to do.
Consider picking a host

There are some traditions when it comes to the rehearsal dinner. In the tradition, the groom’s parents usually take care of the whole rehearsal dinner. But realistically, anything can go. Having a host usually means that the cost gets split and it becomes slightly less stressful for the soon-to-be-newlyweds.

But overall, rehearsal dinners are all about having a great time, having fun, and just celebrating the great news with all of your loved ones in the same room.

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