The rehearsal dinner is a great time to connect and reunite with your family and friends, get together with your wedding party and prepare for your big day.
It is a fun time to eat, drink and mingle with the family and friends before your special day. You may not get the opportunity to spend enough time with your guests on your wedding day. The rehearsal dinner is an opportunity to mingle with them and appreciate the efforts they’ve made towards making your day a reality.
Here are the do’s and don’ts of your rehearsal dinner.
1. Do Make it a Celebration and Not a Rehearsal
The rehearsal dinner is typically organized the night to the main wedding.
Your focus shouldn’t be tuned to just providing schedule and detailed information of your wedding the next day.
You should give out information but it should more of mingling with family and friends and appreciating them. You should therefore use the dinner as a way of connecting with family and friends that you may not have the opportunity to talk to at your wedding.
2. Don’t Make it Extravagant
Plan on having a simple rehearsal dinner that will make the guests energetic and revived for your big event.
If you have an extravagant dinner a night to your wedding, the guests will be left exhausted, lowering the vibe for your special day.
3. Do Choose a Venue Close to Your Wedding Reception Venue
Choosing a location close to your wedding venue will make it easy for the guests, mostly the out-of-towners to arrive at the venue on time since they would be booking a hotel close to your wedding venue.
It will also make it easy for the guests to find their way home on time and to prevent getting lost on the road. The guests will be very familiar with the location of your wedding the following day and they will arrive there without stress.
4. Don’t Expect to Receive Gifts
Your rehearsal dinner is all about those who have supported you. It’s a period to thank them and express your deep appreciation.
You shouldn’t expect gifts from them. You might even consider presenting gifts to them as a form of appreciation.
5. Do Include Grateful Speeches
It is ideal to make a toast to appreciate your guests at some point in the event.
6. Don’t Let it Go Too Late
Yeah, you’re having a memorable moment with your close family and friends, but you ought to make sure that everyone gets enough rest and time to prepare for your big day!
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