The Rehearsal Dinner
I could write about the tradition of the rehearsal dinner -- how it traditionally was the dominion of the groom's mother and how it was usually open to the bridal party and a few close relatives -- but like most things within the wedding space, it has undergone a grand transformation.
Cooler Rehearsal Dinners
A combination of couples throwing their own weddings (and hence their own rehearsal dinners) and cooler future mother-in-laws has led to laidback or wacky rehearsal dinners. Even for the most sophisticated black tie event, many couples choose a low key rehearsal dinners at fun venues such as bowling alleys.
Opening Up the Party
Other trends include opening more than just your nearest and dearest at the rehearsal dinner. Since more people are moving away from the places that they grew up in, your wedding guests may be coming from near and far. The rehearsal dinner is a great time for you to catch up with out of town guests.
Early Bird Special
However, a few things haven't changed. The rehearsal dinner is still scheduled fairly early in the evening so that everyone can get a good night's rest for the next day's big event: The Wedding! However, if some of the guests want to party on, feel free to retire early. No one will call you a party pooper!
Don't Forget the Speeches
The rehearsal dinner -- as you guys may have figured out -- is more casual. While an open mic session could be a little too much, guests and hosts can give speeches. Even if you're super shy, don't forget to say a few words of appreciation for everyone who's gathered to celebrate you, true love, and happily ever afters.
Posted by Natalie T.