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A Night Before The Big Day: How To Plan The Perfect Rehearsal Dinner

Updated: Apr 7, 2023

Planning a rehearsal dinner for your wedding is an exciting event that can help you and your loved ones relax before the big day. Here are some tips on how to plan a memorable rehearsal dinner:

  1. Decide on the guest list: The rehearsal dinner is typically an intimate affair, including close family members, the bridal party, and out-of-town guests. Make sure to coordinate with your fiancé and their family to ensure that everyone who needs to be there is invited.

  2. Choose a venue: You can host the rehearsal dinner at a restaurant, a private room, or even in someone's home. Consider the size of your guest list, your budget, and the atmosphere you're looking for when selecting the venue.

  3. Plan the menu: Once you have a venue, work with the caterer or restaurant to create a menu that suits your taste and budget. Consider any dietary restrictions or preferences your guests may have.

  4. Select a theme or décor: Decide on the theme or décor for the dinner. You can choose to match the wedding theme or go with something completely different. Consider flowers, table settings, and lighting to create a cozy and welcoming atmosphere.

  5. Plan the entertainment: You can choose to keep the rehearsal dinner low-key or have some entertainment, such as live music or a slideshow of photos. Coordinate with your guests to ensure that everyone has a great time.

  6. Choose transportation: Consider how your guests will get to and from the rehearsal dinner, especially if it's in a different location from the wedding ceremony or reception. You can arrange for transportation or provide information on taxis or ride-sharing services.

  7. Send out invitations: Once you have all the details for the rehearsal dinner, create and send out invitations to your guests. Make sure to include the date, time, location, dress code, and any other relevant information.

By following these tips, you can plan a memorable and enjoyable rehearsal dinner that will set the stage for a beautiful wedding day.


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