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.
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.
Book the Venue Whether your guest list is small or large, choosing a locale close to the ceremony site or close to your reception venue is a way to help your guests get familiarized with the area. It is also encouraged to choose a location for your rehearsal dinner soon after your booking your wedding venues .
Of course, the rehearsal dinner follows an important event: the wedding rehearsal . Sure, you can practice entrances and exits without having a dinner to follow, but it’s a nice way to thank your attendants for all of their help. Hosting a more casual pre-wedding celebration doesn’t mean it will be any less memorable!
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.
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.
about 30 to 45 minutes
The head table can be just for the two of you, if you like. Or you can add your maid of honor and best man, or include the entire wedding party. Traditionally the bride sits at the groom’s right, with the maid of honor on his left and the best man on the bride’s right.
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.
[ 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’s gift to the bride could be a family possession such as your grandmother’s rosary or a handkerchief knitted by a great-aunt. This type of gift is a great way of showing her that you already consider her a part of the family.
Here’s who you might want to invite . You may also want to invite both of your extended families, including grandparents, aunts and uncles , and close cousins, since the rehearsal dinner is a good opportunity for your families to get to know each other.
“For formal rehearsal dinners (not black tie), men should wear dark suits and ties, and women should wear cocktail dresses or long gowns. For casual rehearsal dinners, men should wear polos or button downs with dress pants (or slacks), and women should wear sundresses or blouses with skirts or pants.”
Gifts: The only gifts expected at the rehearsal dinner, are those for the wedding party. Disperse wedding party gifts to the groom’s best man and groomsmen, along with the bride’s maid-of-honor and bridesmaids. Give gifts to the ring bearer and flower girl as well.