On the day or evening before your wedding, it’s important to rehearse the basics of your ceremony and reception. Traditionally, the bride and groom enjoy a meal with their attendants and close family members before or after rehearsing. While the groom’s family is usually responsible for hosting the dinner, brides often have input.
Depending on the size of the bridal party, the rehearsal dinner can be held at someone’s home or at a restaurant. More recently, quirky wedding rehearsal dinner parties have been held at unique locations like bowling alleys and karaoke bars. If a lot of your guests are flying in from out of town, consider expanding the guest list beyond your bridal party to give everyone an extra chance to socialize.
At the rehearsal, your officiant and wedding organizer will lead you and your bridal party through the basics of the ceremony. If you created a ribbon-bouquet at your bridal shower, bring it along as a stand-in for your flowers. Rehearsals generally take about an hour. Have a friend come along to take pictures for your wedding scrapbook.
During the rehearsal dinner, the bride and groom traditionally toast their guests. This is the time to thank your parents and attendants for all they’ve done to help you plan your wedding. Prepare a speech ahead of time if you anticipate being nervous about toasting. Don’t forget to bring the thank-you gifts for your bridesmaids and groomsmen; they’re traditionally given out at the rehearsal dinner.