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Ideas for Your Rehearsal Dinner

One or two days before the wedding, when all the key wedding party guests are in town and you’re all getting ready for the big day, it’s quite usual to have a rehearsal dinner. The dinner allows people to relax together and prepare themselves for the main event, before the larger crowd of guests appear and they have to be more publicly on show. It's also the last chance to swap anecdotes and talk in excited terms about your hopes and niggles about the wedding. Oh, and it's a good excuse for a party! So, what should you do for the rehearsal dinner?

Decide how many people will attend and then find out what facilities you’ll need - for example, a bar, perhaps music or flowers to enhance the occasion. Think about access and amenities required for guests with particular needs or dietary requirements. Where you host your rehearsal dinner is completely down to personal preference. Some will want a formal sit-down meal, but even this could take place in a large dining room or even as an alfresco meal in the garden. However, if you’re sensible and budget can stretch to it, it might be best to go out together and avoid anyone having the extra stress of cooking and cleaning.

Depending on the time of year, you could go for a picnic in a scenic place with champagne and nibbles provided by a caterer. Or, how about a hog roast or beach barbeque to make a contrast from the sophisticated wedding breakfast? Just remember to buy some cheap umbrellas to hand to your guests in case the English weather turns!

A rehearsal dinner could be limited to the adults involved or could be a good chance for any children close to the bride and groom to get used to the people who’ll be there on the day. It could be a potential opportunity for some to try out a bit of public speaking with a friendly crowd before they give the real speech at the wedding. If you’re likely to take off on honeymoon straight from the big day, this is a chance to properly greet and chat with guests who have travelled a distance.

A rehearsal dinner could be limited to the adults involved or could be a good chance for any children close to the bride and groom to get used to the people who’ll be there on the day. It could be a potential opportunity for some to try out a bit of public speaking with a friendly crowd before they give the real speech at the wedding. If you’re likely to take off on the honeymoon straight from the big day, this is a chance to properly greet and chat with guests who have travelled some distance.So, make the most of your rehearsal dinner, when all the other arrangements have been made, so that you can relax and enjoy sharing the days running up to the wedding with close friends and family.

So, make the most of your rehearsal dinner, when all the other arrangements have been made, so that you can relax and enjoy sharing the days running up to the wedding with close friends and family.