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 .
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.
The Structure of Rehearsal Dinner Speeches Introduce yourself. Tell everyone your relationship with the couple. Thank and welcome everyone. Insert a witty quote. Tell a story about the couple. Talk about the beauty of marriage (a quote works here, too). Congratulate (or toast) the couple.
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.
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.
Out-of-Town Guests For guests that are traveling for your big day, it’s a nice token to extend a rehearsal dinner invitation. They’re taking on the expense of time and money to celebrate you, so including them in your pre-wedding celebrations is often customary.
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.
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 .
[ 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.
How to Write Your Mother of the Groom Speech Introduce Yourself. While it may seem obvious as to what your role is at this wedding, not everyone will already know who you are. Thank the Guests. Talk about your Son. Talk about your New Daughter or Son-in-Law.
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).
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.”
about 30 to 45 minutes
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