} Traditional rehearsal dinner etiquette dictates that the groom’s family hosts and pays, but modern etiquette is changing. Your rehearsal dinner could be at the groom’s parents’ home, in a private dining room of a restaurant, or at the hotel where many of your guests are staying (did you book a room block?)
Should we invite everyone from out-of-town? That’s going to get expensive….
While some etiquette purists say two rehearsal dinner events makes some guests feel excluded and awkward, more and more couples are now opting to have a full dinner at a swanky restaurant with the usual close-knit crew, then meet up with more friends and out-of-towners later at the restaurant’s bar for the pre-wedding toasts.
Another idea is to hold your rehearsal dinner at home. You’ll be able to welcome traveling guests and stick to your budget, or to a budget that is reasonable for the parents. Think barbeque, pool and pizza, sandwiches and beer…perhaps made easy with the expert help of a catering company.
} With very little effort, you can assemble a rehearsal dinner at home (or your parents’ home, if they agree!) that provides some much-needed calm before the busy storm of your wedding weekend. Consider the rehearsal dinner a chance to host an event that’s fresh and unexpected. Why not relax, and er, let your hair down?
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