The Rehearsal Dinner
rehearsal dinner is a time of celebration that also serves as the perfect ice-breaker
between you and your family-to-be.
When should we have our rehearsal dinner and who pays for it?
The rehearsal dinner takes place after the ceremony rehearsal and is traditionally hosted by the groom's family on the eve of the wedding. But, as many of you already know, I keep stressing that tradition is changing with the times. Many couples ask both sets of parents to split the cost. It depends entirely on your situation.
Some couples opt to have the rehearsal
dinner a couple of days earlier rather than on the eve of the wedding. I highly recommend
this since it gives everyone the opportunity to be well rested the night before the
wedding...(if that's at all possible!). Unfortunately, this can't always work since many
times there will be guests coming from out of town who cannot make it in much earlier than
the day before the wedding.
Since this event is more intimate and less
formal than the wedding itself, it is the perfect opportunity to express appreciation and
gratitude to your loved ones in a relaxed atmosphere. You might consider presenting the
attendants' gifts on this occasion, but be careful not to forget offering a gift of thanks
to anyone who has helped you along the way.
Make sure you arrange the date for the ceremony rehearsal first. Then choose a restaurant that you know has good atmosphere and food either because you experienced it directly or because you heard about it through a friend.
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Here's A Hot Money-Saving Tip!
Ask for a prix fix (fixed price).
Usually restaurant owners are willing to offer 2 or 3 dishes (possibly chicken, red meat and vegetarian) at a discounted price. If they agree to a prix fixed, the whole deal will include 2 or 3 choices in appetizer, coffee and dessert. Even if they give you a "party deal" on the dinners alone, it's worth it. If you don't ask, you won't necessarily get!
Enjoy and have fun!
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