January 25, 2013
The rehearsal dinner is a big part of the wedding festivities, and a wonderful way for the bride and groom to spend some time relaxing with family and close friends before their Special Day.
Here are a few things to consider to help make the dinner and your wedding day more enjoyable for all involved:
- Make sure that everyone is introduced to each other, either through formal introduction or informally by “mixing and mingling”. After all, some members of your wedding party may not know one another or how you got to know each other.
- Invite family members who are not part of your wedding ceremony and out-of-town guests that arrive in town early to join your rehearsal dinner. This will give you more time to spend with family and guests that you may not see very often.
- If you’re having small children in your wedding party, as either a ring bearer or flower girl, the parents of the children should be invited to the dinner.
- Thank your parents and future in-laws for their love and support over the years and for their help in planning your wedding celebration.
- Show home movies or video clips of when the bride or groom was growing up. These make for a good “ice breaker” and add a lot of fun to the evening, for both “toasting and roasting”.
- If you have decided to give your wedding party gifts, this is an appropriate time to present them. These gifts don’t have to be expensive, just enough to say that you appreciate their support and willingness to be involved in your wedding ceremony.
Most of all, relax, enjoy and head home to bed early…tomorrow’s going to be a busy day!
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