The holidays have come and gone and it was high time for engagements. 26 Percent of marriage proposals, according to a survey of 1,131 brides sponsored by the Fairchild Bridal Group, the publisher of “Modern Bride,” happen between November and December. If you are one of the new brides-to-be out there, the planning fever will soon be upon you, if it hasn’t already set in. One of the wedding events that tends to cause some stress for the bride and groom is the rehearsal dinner. Who do you invite, who don’t you invite. Will you be able to keep everyone on time? Chukkar Farm has a few ideas that we find help keep things running smoothly on the eve of your big day.
Start here. You know that your wedding venue must be book many months in advance, don’t wait too long to book the rehearsal dinner too. Usually 2-3 months ahead of time should work, unless you’re looking to have it somewhere more exclusive.
2. The Date
The traditional day to have the rehearsal dinner is the day before the wedding. Remember though that the festivities of the night on the eve of your wedding will affect how things go – and how people feel – the next day. Planning the rehearsal dinner early in the day gives everyone a chance to relax and rest before you say, “I do.”
3. The Guest List
Traditional guest lists include: parents, immediate family members, the wedding party and their spouses or dates, flower girls, ring bearers, and their parents, the officiant and his or her spouse. You can always expand from here, but these are the non-negotiables.
4. The Ambiance
You want your rehearsal dinner to be more informal and intimate than your wedding. This should be a chance for the two of your families to spend time getting to know each other. Plan for mingling, talking, and enjoying each other’s company.
Here is a place where it’s up to you to decide which way you want to go. Right now when brides are doing all kinds of invites from emails to formal letterpressed invitations, it’s completely up to you. You might even opt not to send out invitations to the rehearsal and spread the information via word of mouth.
Are you a wife, wedding planner, or mom who would like to share your ideas about planning rehearsal dinners? Leave them in the comments or send us an email!