Rehearsal Dinner 101

While planning your big day, the rehearsal dinner can get lost and over-shadowed. Here's everything you need to know to plan with ease!

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WHAT IT IS
• Traditionally the rehearsal dinner is held the night before the wedding, although couples also like to have them a couple days before so they aren’t exhausted for the wedding.
• A run through of the ceremony before dinner.

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WHAT IT'S FOR
• It's a good opportunity for families of the bride and groom to get to know each other better.
• It will also relieve some pre-wedding tension by making everyone feel welcome and included.

WHO HOSTS
• Traditionally the groom’s family organizes and pays for the event.
• Many couples' families split the cost. If your parents do pay, let them be the creative directors of the night if they wish it.

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WHO TO INVITE
• At least immediate family, wedding party and spouses and the wedding officiant and their spouse.

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE
• This ultimately depends on how many people you want to attend and your budget.
• You can choose formal or casual (backyard BBQ or maybe black tie)
• You can choose a theme (BBQ, Fondue Night, Casino Night, Bowling, Tea Time, Picnic, Dessert Buffet, Beach-Inspired)
• Don't eclipse your actual wedding. This should be a sneak preview and the wedding should be climax.

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WHERE TO HAVE IT
• Book your venue plenty of time in advance.
• You can do a formal dining room or a backyard BBQ, it all depends on how formal or relaxed you want it to be (or how much money you want to spend)
• Forever Bride rehearsal dinner venues: Coup d’état, Town Hall Brewery, Kitchen in the Market and Rivertown Inn
• Forever Bride caterers: Kitchen in the Market, Kanes Catering, Catering by Kowalski's, Marna's Catering, Innovative Catering Solutions, Skinner's Catering, Coffee Cart Mpls, Town Hall Catering, Lisa's Catering, Prom Catering and Three Sons

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HOW TO INVITE
• Be sure invites are appropriate and match the wedding theme.
• If the bride desires, have invites designed to match the wedding stationery.

WHEN TO SEND INVITES
• Send invitations shortly after wedding invites are sent out because guests will need them to book travel plans, etc.
• Require an RSVP or RSVP regrets only. You can expect everyone to come because most guests are part of the day or close family.

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WHAT HAPPENS
• Meet and greet; Making everyone feel welcome is key.
• Toasts usually the father of the groom starts, whoever is officially hosting the night
• Also, the groom will usually toast his bride, the guests and the hosts.
• Friendly reminder: Use this time to make sure your wedding party and family members know the itinerary of the wedding day.


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