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What You Need To Know About The Rehearsal Dinner

What You Need To Know About The Rehearsal Dinner

The rehearsal dinner is a wonderful opportunity for your families to get to know one another over dinner at a nice restaurant. People traditionally attending the rehearsal dinner include:

  • Bride and groom

  • Bridesmaids and groomsmen

  • Parents and siblings of the bride and groom

  • Flower girl and ring bearer (along with their parents)

  • Ushers

  • Anyone reading at your service

  • Out of town guests that you choose to invite

Between your bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents and siblings — you may have quite a night of story-telling. Be ready for the evening by preparing a few toasts.

If you are having a large rehearsal dinner where people are socializing for the first time, you might want to create nametags to help everyone get to know each other. It can also be fun to include a bit of information about each person’s interests on their nametag. It helps break the ice and makes the evening enjoyable for everyone.

Savor this time together with the people who matter most. Although the event is typically arranged and paid for by the groom’s family, today’s couples may choose to help out with the arrangements.

How involved you are in planning the rehearsal dinner is really up to you and your groom. Just talk about it ahead of time so everyone will know how the rehearsal dinner financials will be handled.

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