The average cost of a rehearsal dinner is $1,330 —about one-thirtieth of the price of the wedding. While some in-laws foot the bill, more couples are paying for it themselves.
Host a relaxed outdoor dinner with all of your cookout favorites on the menu , like burgers, hot dogs and mac and cheese. Upgrade traditional BBQ dishes and serve a gourmet version. Think: pulled-pork sliders and caprese salad kabobs. Have it in a backyard, at a local BBQ joint or even a nearby public park.
How to Plan an At- Home Rehearsal Dinner Size of the home . Some etiquette books suggest that both families, the wedding party and all out-of-town guests should be invited to the rehearsal dinner , but if you’re hosting the event at home , you may need to cut down the guest list to fit your space. The seating plan. Set up. Who’s cooking? Clean up.
about 30 to 45 minutes
The bride’s parents give an average $12,000, and the groom’s , $7,000. Just 1 in 10 couples pays for the wedding entirely on their own, according to TheKnot.com.
A rehearsal dinner is rather an intimate event when you have the most important people in your life around for a pre-wedding celebration. Just to appreciate their presence, involvement and show them how much they mean to your couple you should think over giving some favors .
For casual rehearsal dinners , men should wear polos or button downs with dress pants (or slacks), and women should wear sundresses or blouses with skirts or pants.”
The head table can be just for the two of you, if you like. Or you can add your maid of honor and best man, or include the entire wedding party. Traditionally the bride sits at the groom’s right, with the maid of honor on his left and the best man on the bride’s right.
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.
Here’s who you might want to invite . You may also want to invite both of your extended families, including grandparents, aunts and uncles , and close cousins, since the rehearsal dinner is a good opportunity for your families to get to know each other.
The groom’s parents usually host the wedding rehearsal dinner, so either parent can give a speech to welcome the guests and honor the happy couple. After the first toast, parents of the bride, maid of honor , and any other members of the bridal party can give toasts.
Whoever is hosting the bridal shower should pay for the expenses: food, decorations, games, entertainment, etc. It is not proper etiquette for the host to ask for contributions. If it’s a bid too much for one person to cover, you might consider having a group of people host it together. Then they can share the costs.
Out-of-Town Guests For guests that are traveling for your big day, it’s a nice token to extend a rehearsal dinner invitation . They ‘re taking on the expense of time and money to celebrate you , so including them in your pre-wedding celebrations is often customary.
Men can go for slacks, a button-down shirt, and loafers sans socks. But if the wedding is traditional (black tie), chances are the rehearsal dinner is formal. This means a full suit and traditional dressing shoes: Oxfords.
Traditionally, the groom and the groom’s family pay for the honeymoon , but in this day and age the traditional rules don’t apply. I often see the parents of both the bride and the groom paying for the wedding and allowing the couple the freedom to organize and pay for their honeymoon together.