Your rehearsal dinner can be as memorable as the wedding itself. Rehearsal Dinners are traditionally hosted by the groom’s parents. Invitations should be sent approximately four weeks before the event.
The guest list typically includes all members of the wedding party and their spouses or guests, the parents of the bride and groom and ceremony participates. Invitations are often extended to out of town guests, close friends and family members. Rehearsal dinners are typically held in a restaurant, reception venue, hotel or private residence. Most of these places offer private party rooms with comfortable accommodations and specialized menus. Hosting a rehearsal dinner in a private resident may offer a more intimate setting; however there is an enormous amount of work involved in hosting a party of this size. Will you bring in outside professionals to properly prepare the residences for the party? Who will prepare the food? Many restaurants do offer outside catering menus. Professional catering companies have the knowledge and ability to work with you on menu selections and often provide staff to set up, serve and clean up.
It’s time to Party!!
A Wedding is a celebration in itself with a combination of parties; an engagement party, bridal shower, couples shower & bachelor or bachelorette parties. These parties are a matter of preference and are traditionally thrown in honor of the soon-to-be couple. Often times bridesmaids, groomsmen, close friends and family share in the planning and expenses of these events.
An Engagement Party is a celebration of your engagement. An engagement party it is an exciting way to showcase your new ring and announce your plans to marry. There really are no rules to this party, it may be big or small, casual or formal and gifts are not mandatory.
A Bridal Shower is for the bride-to-be friends and family to celebrate as they “shower” her with gifts. Often times the bridal shower is hosted by the maid of honor; however bridesmaid’s and family members may offer to help. In creating a guest list for the bridal shower, it is considered proper etiquette to only invite guests who are invited to the wedding.
A Couples Shower is for the bride & the groom-to-be and both men and women are invited. The atmosphere is more like a cocktail party rather than a bridal shower.
A Bachelor or Bachelorette Party is a “send off” celebration from the single life for the bride & groom -to-be. It is best to have the party a month or a minimum of two weeks prior to the wedding. Anyone can host, but typically the maid of honor plans the bachelorette party while the best man plans the bachelor party. A great way to get started is to discuss with the bride & groom-to- be what type of party they want. There are many creative possibilities, so be as creative as you want.
Having a few cocktails? Be responsible and have reliable transportation!
To make any of your parties truly memorable, consider a theme! Share your love story thru a slide show, photo montage or a video!