Traditional rehearsal dinner etiquette dictates that the groom’s family hosts and pays, but modern etiquette is changing. Your rehearsal dinner could be 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?)...or at home.
You could do it in two stages. 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 or your folks’ home for the pre-wedding toasts.
Or…another idea is to hold your whole rehearsal dinner at home. You’ll be able to welcome traveling guests and stick to your budget—or a budget that is reasonable for the parents. Think barbeque, pool and pizza, sandwiches and beer…perhaps made easier with the expert help of a catering company or coordinator.
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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