After the wedding rehearsal, you will want to consider having a dinner rehearsal, usually the night before the actual wedding. The dinner can be a small, intimate affair or a grand mini-reception of it’s own. It’s a chance for the wedding party to get to know each other and for the bride and groom to thank all of the people who have worked so hard in preparation for the big day.
However, a dinner rehearsal is not a requirement, especially if you plan on having a small, quaint, simple wedding where your only guests will be close relatives and friends; but why not? It’s another chance to get together with your loved ones in anticipation for your special day.
You can invite just those in your wedding party or all of your wedding guests. Sometimes it’s nice to invite your out-of-town guests to welcome them to your city and catch up before the actual wedding day.
The rehearsal dinner can be as formal or informal as you would like. You can have it at your home, a restaurant, a park, the beach, or anywhere at all! You can send out invitations if you plan on making it a formal affair, or just spread the word by phone, Facebook, an evite, or e-mail. Whichever way you choose, make sure your guests have at least two weeks notice, if not more.
Take this time to hand out your gifts to the attendants as well as exchanging gifts with your fiance if you have decided to do so, unless you would like to hold off until the honeymoon. The parents can present their gifts at this time, as well.
If you follow the traditional rehearsal dinner route, toasts will be part of your evening. Have the father of the groom offer a toast after dinner. He will be followed by the father of the bride, the groom, the bride and anyone else who wishes to give a toast. Of course, You’re not being watched by the etiquette police, so you’re not bound to follow traditional order or give toasts at all.
Plan the evening however you choose, making it relaxing and comfortable for everyone.