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Planning a Rehearsal Dinner

There is so much that goes into wedding planning, it's easy to see how plans for the rehearsal dinner could get pushed to the back burner.

It's important to not let that happen.

The rehearsal dinner is a wonderful part of the wedding tradition. It is typically held the night before the wedding, which means it's usually held on a Thursday or Friday night. It tends to be fairly informal in terms of attire.

Because the setting is usually far less formal than the actual wedding, it's a great time for families and close friends of both bride and groom to get together and mingle. Those invited should almost certainly include all members of the wedding party as well as spouses and dates. Parents of the couple should also be in attendance (especially if they are paying for the thing and there will be more on that in a moment) as well as any siblings and spouses not in the wedding party.

Speaking of tradition, the groom's parents traditionally host the rehearsal dinner. This means being in charge of booking the venue. Tradition also mandates that the groom's parents pay but this tradition has been relaxed in recent years. Nowadays it's not uncommon for the couple to pick up the tab or for parents of both bride and groom to cover the costs.

Picking the venue is important. Once you have the wedding date set, try and book the rehearsal dinner. This increases the odds that you'll get your first choice.

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