You might feel tempted to forget about the rehearsal dinner or plan something that is not very exciting, but that’s not always the best idea.
In fact, the rehearsal dinner is much more important than many give it credit for. This pre-wedding event will bring your closest friends and relatives together and it will help them bond before the Big Day, so that they can feel better on the actual wedding day (and so that they can work better together and help you create the dream wedding you want so much).
How to make sure your rehearsal dinner is lovely? Here are some tips for you to keep in mind:
- It starts with the guest list. You don’t have to go over the top here – in 99% of the cases only the wedding party and the very close family is invited. Or, better said, the most important VIPS of the Big Day get to be invited to the rehearsal dinner (because, well, they need to rehearse). If you have out of town guests who might be in town already, invite them as well – it’s a nice gesture for them, given that they have gone a long way to be present on your special day.
- Location, food, drinks, décor… yes, you need to handle these as well. The best part about it is that things can be really casual – a backyard garden dinner filled with comfort foods, two or three types of drinks, and simple, but pretty décor. If you want to, pick a theme for this party as well – it will help you bring everything together in a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing way. As for music, stick to energizing and positive songs – but not necessarily the kind that invite people to the dance floor.
- Stick to the early version. Not only will you save more money by being an early bird and starting your rehearsal dinner at 5 pm, but it will also allow you with plenty of time to tuck yourself into bed early. You need plenty of rest before the Big Day – so why not wrap it all up before 10 and retreat for a night full of rest (or, well, nervousness)?
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