Host a relaxed outdoor dinner with all of your cookout favorites on the menu , like burgers, hot dogs and mac and cheese. Upgrade traditional BBQ dishes and serve a gourmet version. Think: pulled-pork sliders and caprese salad kabobs. Have it in a backyard, at a local BBQ joint or even a nearby public park.
Usually, the hosts of the event will kick things off, followed by the groom toasting his bride and her family. You could also stand up together and offer a more personal toast to your families and wedding party at this time.
The average cost of a rehearsal dinner is $1,330—about one -thirtieth of the price of the wedding. While some in-laws foot the bill, more couples are paying for it themselves.
Your immediate families, the bridal party (including the parents of the flower girl and ring bearer, even if they’re not in the wedding ), any ceremony readers, and your officiant (plus his or her spouse, if married) should always be invited to the rehearsal dinner .
A rehearsal dinner is rather an intimate event when you have the most important people in your life around for a pre-wedding celebration. Just to appreciate their presence, involvement and show them how much they mean to your couple you should think over giving some favors .
[ Groom ,] every time I think that I could not be happier for you, something new happens to remind me how blessed I am to be your mother . Thank you for being such a wonderful son. I know that you will be a great husband and that [bride] will be a great wife to you.
The groom might opt to escort his mother down the aisle and to her seat in the front row, followed closely behind by the groom’s father. This gives the groom an opportunity to give his parents a hug before taking his place at the altar.
The mother of the groom should inform her son of the need to get all the unsavory toasts out of the way during the rehearsal dinner . He should make it perfectly clear to his groomsmen and friends that this is the time for them to tell the funny story (and not during the wedding).
If the bride has a stepmother, she would be escorted to her seat by a groomsman before the mother of the bride ; the bride’s mom should be the last person to be escorted down the aisle , just before the bridal party.
The bride’s parents give an average $12,000, and the groom’s , $7,000. Just 1 in 10 couples pays for the wedding entirely on their own, according to TheKnot.com.
Anywhere from 10 to 25 people, this group is the perfect size for an intimate dinner with your VIPs, and you can definitely leave it at that.
Both the groom’s parents traditionally organize (and pay for) the rehearsal dinner . This can range in size from a small occasion for members of the wedding party only to a grand soiree (never to outdo the wedding, of course) that includes half or more of the wedding guests.
Traditionally , the groom and the groom’s family pay for the honeymoon , but in this day and age the traditional rules don’t apply. I often see the parents of both the bride and the groom paying for the wedding and allowing the couple the freedom to organize and pay for their honeymoon together.
Parents of the groom who want to give a special wedding gift to their son and his bride should give the gift to the couple together either at the rehearsal dinner, the morning of the ceremony, or in the few days leading up the ceremony.
While these expenses are not always covered separately from the rest of the wedding budget, there are a few items that are traditionally paid for by the groom’s parents: The marriage license, the officiant fees, the bride’s bouquet, boutonnieres and corsages for immediate family members, the evening’s liquor,