Many newlywed couples say that the rehearsal dinner, traditionally a way for the bride's and groom's families to get acquainted, was even more fun than the day itself. Why? The rehearsal dinner is a celebration that allows you to rejoice and mellow out with your loved ones before the major excitement starts. You get to spend quality time with your favorite people (you probably won't have time for long conversations at the reception), and everyone gets to know each other better. Many couples find it very cool to see their entire “lives” converging in one room. Excited? We hope so. Here's how to pull yours off perfectly.
When is it?
Even though most people have their rehearsal dinner the evening before the wedding, immediately following the ceremony run-through, you can have it whenever you want.
Traditionally, the groom's parents plan and pay for the rehearsal dinner. These days, however, many couples shell out for the shindig themselves or ask both sets of parents to share the cost.
Your rehearsal dinner must, must, must include: all members of the wedding party (and their spouses or dates); parents of fl ower girls or ring bearers in the wedding, if the little ones are invited; all parents, stepparents and grandparents of the bride and groom, plus siblings who are not in the wedding party (and their spouses or signifi cant others); and often the officiate and his or her spouse. Out-of-town guests should also be invited, but if you prefer ...
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