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.
Rehearsal Dinner Alternatives That Will Save You Money A Welcome Cocktail Party . Invite a larger group of friends and family to your favorite bar for 2-3 hours after a small dinner of just your immediate family and wedding party , and include two drink tickets per person. Wine Tasting (with cheese or other tasty apps included) Bowling. Taco Truck Party .
about 30 to 45 minutes
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.
Your dinner must include: all members of the wedding party (and their spouses or dates); parents of flower 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
[ 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.
Traditionally, the groom’s cake is served during the rehearsal dinner as well. Of course, you can serve it alongside the wedding cake on your wedding day, but every good party needs something sweet!
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 .
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.
The Guest List. Only those who will actually take part in the rehearsal —the bride and groom, their parents, the officiant, the wedding party (including any child attendants), and readers—plus their spouses or dates, need to be invited to the rehearsal itself and the festivities that follow.
It isn’t rude , it is just life. A person’s job is very important and sometimes we simply cannot take time off. So, you will just have to fill her in on what she needs to do for the wedding. If you have other attendants, this shouldn’t be a big deal.
Men can go for slacks, a button-down shirt, and loafers sans socks. But if the wedding is traditional (black tie), chances are the rehearsal dinner is formal. This means a full suit and traditional dressing shoes: Oxfords.
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.
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.