Rehearsal Dinner Traditions and Trends!- Wedding Planning Tips

You’ve probably never hosted a rehearsal dinner before, and maybe never even attended one. So how do you know what “should” and “shouldn’t” be done? Take a look at some of the traditions and trends that are in the rehearsal dinner world. Then you can decide how traditional or trendy you’d like it to be!



  • Typically, the groom’s family pays for the rehearsal dinner expenses. That means they often are in charge of organizing everything too.
  • Sending formal invitations, much like your wedding invitation suite.
  • Giving gifts to your parents and bridal party members during the dinner.
  • The father of the groom and the groom each make a toast.



  • Some couples really love the idea of making the rehearsal dinner a celebration all in it’s own. But the idea of staying up late celebrating the day before your wedding might not sound good to you. If you want to pop all the champagne, consider having your rehearsal and dinner two days before your wedding day. And it can be especially beneficial if you’re getting married on a Sunday!
  • Treating the rehearsal dinner as a sneak peek of your wedding day. That means you could incorporate the same sort of style, colors, food, venue, etc.
  • Inviting out of town guests. It’s a great way for them to get to know your family and fiance better, and might be a great welcome for their weekend!
  • Sending e-vites. Saves on postage and can be a great way to signify your rehearsal dinner will be more casual than formal!

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