What is the etiquette for rehearsal dinner?

Traditionally, the groom's parents are the hosts of the rehearsal dinner, since the bride's family customarily pays for the wedding. But given the more relaxed standards of modern times, other relatives, close friends, or even the couple themselves can plan and pay for the event.

Who is invited to the rehearsal dinner wedding etiquette?

Your immediate families, the bridal party (including the parents of the flower girl and ring bearer, even if they're not in the wedding), any ceremony readers, and your officiant (plus his or her spouse, if married) should always be invited to the rehearsal dinner.

Do aunts and uncles come to rehearsal dinner?

Family. Of course your parents should be in attendance at your rehearsal dinner along with your grandparents and your siblings. You are not obligated to invite your extended family, but most couples do include aunts and uncles; especially ones they are close to.


Are grandparents invited to the rehearsal dinner?

This might seem fairly obvious, but the immediate family of the soon-to-be newlyweds should always be invited to the rehearsal dinner. This means parents, siblings, and grandparents. Your wedding symbolizes not only the joining of you and your soon-to-be spouse in marriage but also your families merging.

What is supposed to happens at a rehearsal dinner?

The fathers of the bride and groom typically give speeches during the dinner. Rehearsal dinners are also a great time for sharing special memories in speeches given by any bridal party member. You can also invite other guests to participate in the story-telling.


REHEARSAL DINNER: Everything You NEED to Know



Who speaks at rehearsal dinner?

Who Gives a Rehearsal Dinner Toast? The host of the rehearsal dinner (traditionally the father of the groom in a heterosexual couple) gives the first speech. This person is followed by members of the wedding party that won't be speaking at the reception (typically anyone other than the maid of honor and the best man).

What does the groom's family pay for?

The groom's family is responsible for corsages and boutonnieres for immediate members of both families, the lodging of the groom's attendants (if you have offered to help pay for this expense), and sometimes the costs of the rehearsal dinner.

Who sits with bride and groom at rehearsal dinner?

The maid of honor and best man along with their dates can sit at the bridal table as well. Reserve two tables near the bride and groom for the the bride and groom's parents, and fill the tables with their close friends and family members.

Who pays for rehearsal dinner etiquette?

The Hosts. Traditionally, the groom's parents are the hosts of the rehearsal dinner, since the bride's family customarily pays for the wedding. But given the more relaxed standards of modern times, other relatives, close friends, or even the couple themselves can plan and pay for the event.


Do you invite spouses to rehearsal dinner?

Usually, the wedding party is invited to the rehearsal dinner along with their significant others - spouses definitely included. If the dinner is meant only for the wedding party, a written invitation should indicate this preference. Still, ask your husband to double-check with his friend if you're unsure.

Do you invite musicians to rehearsal dinner?

You should also invite anyone who is part of the ceremony rehearsal. Your bridal party and their spouses, Officiant, Musicians, readers and performers, ring bearer and flower girl, and immediate family of both the bride and groom should receive an invite.

How much money should the groom's parents give as a wedding gift?

“We suggest no less than $100, but prefer $350 or more since that is an average fee for most wedding musicians when compared to others involved with the ceremony.” Another cost the groom's family takes care of is the officiant's lodging.

Who attends wedding rehearsal?

Who attends the Ceremony rehearsal? The wedding couple, the bridal party and their significant others, child attendants (flower girls and ring bearers) and their parents, the wedding couple's parents, and any other family members, including grandparents who will be participating in the processional.


How long do rehearsal dinners last?

Most rehearsal dinners last two to three-plus hours. Give your guests at least 30 minutes to 1 hour to travel between the wedding rehearsal venue and the rehearsal dinner venue, if they're different places.

What do you do at a wedding rehearsal?

What Do You Do At A Wedding Rehearsal? During the wedding rehearsal, you'll do a complete practice run (or maybe a few) of your wedding ceremony from start to finish at the actual location of your wedding. This ensures everyone involved in your ceremony knows the order, pacing, when to walk, and where.

Do you give favors at a rehearsal dinner?

A rehearsal dinner is an important night, as it ensures that the bride, groom, and the rest of the bridal party are ready to go on the wedding day. And one important detail to include is rehearsal dinner favors.

What are the responsibilities of the groom's parents?

The groom's parents responsibilities include letting the couple know about all traditions from their family's background – culturally and religiously – that they may want to consider adding to the wedding ceremony and/or reception. They shouldn't assume that their son knows what they are.


What time should rehearsal dinner start?

The dinner takes place immediately after the rehearsal, usually around 7 p.m. For a Sunday or holiday wedding, you have more options, and some couples decide to hold the rehearsal dinner two nights before the wedding so that everyone has more time to relax and recuperate before the big day.

Which mother is seated first at a wedding?

In Christian ceremonies, the bride's mother is always seated last and the groom's mother is seated just before her. The seating of the bride's mother usually signals the ceremony is about to begin. 7.

Does mother of groom get ready with bride?

She can spend a little time with both the bride and groom.

If that's the case, she may want to start her morning with the bride and her group, then leave once she has her hair and makeup done. After, she can head to the groom's getting-ready area to help him prepare for his walk down the aisle.

Who walks mother of groom down aisle?

The most traditional choice is for a groomsman to walk the bride's mother down the aisle. This can be an especially good choice if the two sides of the wedding party are uneven or if you'd like to give this gentleman some additional spotlight.


What should the mother of the groom not do?

Here are a few things a mother-of-the-groom shouldn't do.
  • Don't overshadow the bride's mother. ...
  • Don't act (or dress) like a bridesmaid. ...
  • Don't get too critical. ...
  • Don't steal the bride's spotlight with your mother-of-the-groom outfit. ...
  • Don't try to invite extra guests. ...
  • Don't skip the pre-wedding events.


What should the mother of the groom say at the rehearsal dinner?

The mother of the groom should inform her son of the need to get all the unsavory toasts out of the way during the rehearsal dinner. He should make it perfectly clear to his groomsmen and friends that this is the time for them to tell the funny story (and not during the wedding).

Do you serve dessert at rehearsal dinner?

Now on to dessert. Traditionally, the groom's cake is served during the rehearsal dinner as well. Of course, you can serve it alongside the wedding cake on your wedding day, but every good party needs something sweet!

Does the father of the bride speak at the rehearsal dinner?

Who speaks at the rehearsal dinner? Traditionally, rehearsal dinner speeches are given by the Father of the Bride or the Father of the Groom. Sometimes the Maid of Honor, Best Man and Bride, and Groom can give short rehearsal dinner speeches or toasts of their own, but it is not mandatory.