Rehearsal Dinner 101
The rehearsal dinner is one of the key pieces to making sure the ceremony goes smoothly. While there’s lots of things outside of your control, making sure everyone is well informed is not one of them. Use this guide to make sure your key attendants know your expectations for your wedding day.
The Guest List
Anyone who will play a role in the ceremony should attend the rehearsal. This means parents, the bridal party, the ring bearer, flower girls, officiant(s), anyone who will read, and sometimes even the musician.
Who is in charge?
If you’re in a place of worship, often times the coordinator will run the show. If you’re not at a place of worship, your wedding planner or officiant may direct everyone instead.
The Run Through
Start by showing everyone where they will stand once they get down the aisle. Then line everyone up in the right order and tell them who their partner is if they will have one. Run through the ceremony and make sure everyone knows where and when to enter, exit, sit, and stand.
The ceremony site usually dictates the dress code. If shoulders need to be covered and hems below the knee, make sure to tell your guest list! If there aren’t any restrictions, you can set your own dress code based on the style of your event after the rehearsal dinner.
There’s no rule about whether you have a lunch or dinner, but make sure your guests have time to get some rest before the wedding!
This is a great time to show your appreciation if you plan to give gifts to your parents or bridal party.
Ending The Night
Thank your guests for helping you get to your special day and make sure there’s no last minute pressing issues. Before your guests leave, send your guests home with a printed schedule of the day tomorrow with contact numbers. I always like to email out a copy too, just in case.