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Rehearsal Dinner Questions?

Planning a wedding is a tough affair, and just when you think that the planning is done, you remember the rehearsal dinner. There are many things to consider when thinking about the rehearsal dinner. This article will walk you through some of the important points.

Who to invite?

Deciding who should be invited to the rehearsal dinner can be daunting, especially if you plan on having a large wedding party or a large group of family attending the wedding. Of course, you want to try and include everyone, but the rehearsal dinner is often a smaller affair, and trying to include everyone is hard. Certainly, those in the wedding party should be included, as they are the ones who will be 'working' during your service. Close family should also be included for etiquette's sake.

If you do want to try and include more people, perhaps consider inviting them to a 'rehearsal party'. This could be an affair held after the dinner proper, which allows people who you may not want at the dinner to be able to go to a rehearsal event.

Open bar?

Having an open bar is a tough decision. While you want everyone to enjoy themselves and feel welcome, sometimes an open bar is just not economic to do. If you think you have the funds, then an open bar is always a nice addition. However, if you don't have the funds, there are several other options.

First of all, consider having a champagne toast. This will give everyone one drink, and then tell your guests that their next drinks are on them. This looks very generous to your guests, as you have just given them high quality alcohol, but will not cost as much as a full open bar.

Alternatively if you want to save the champagne for your wedding toast. or simply don't think that it is appropriate, you could buy one bottle of wine per 3-4 people. That will give each person at least one drink (two if they ration) and is not as costly as holding an open bar.

Who pays?

Well, this one depends solely on your family dynamics. Traditionally it is the groom's family that pays, a tradition that dates back centuries with the grooms family paying for the entire wedding. However, these days most couples would rather try and pay for most things on their own. This is mostly due to the want to be able to plan everything down to the last detail and have things their way. Just remember the common viewpoint is 'whoever pays gets the last word on final decisions' so keep that in mind when looking at finances.