There are so many decisions to make when planning a wedding — the venue, the ceremony, the reception, the caterer and all the details from colors, to menus to flowers. The rehearsal dinner is often considered last. But, in some ways, the best is saved for last.

The rehearsal dinner is a time for those directly involved with the wedding to get together and share some private time before the big day. The rehearsal dinner is often more causal and relaxed than other events surrounding a wedding. From a plated meal to a picnic, anything goes at a rehearsal dinner.

 

Etiquette

A rehearsal dinner by Serendipity

Traditionally the groom’s parents pay for the rehearsal dinner. However, it is becoming more common for close friends or relatives to host the dinner before the big day. Despite who plays host, the bride and groom should always be consulted about the details.

Immediate family, members of the bridal party and their spouses, children in the bridal party and their parents and the officiant and his spouse should be invited to the rehearsal dinner. It is common to also include any out-of-town guests. It is not necessary to send an invitation to the rehearsal dinner, word-of-mouth is appropriate. Guests shouldn’t be expected to pay for any part of the rehearsal dinner, including their drinks.

You can read a little more about rehearsal dinner etiquette from Martha Stewart.

Martha Stewart Weddings: The Etiquette of Wedding Rehearsal Dinners

 

What to Serve

Some families decide to prepare the rehearsal dinner themselves. From grilling in the back yard to a more formal menu, there are a lot of do-it-yourself options. Serendipity found some menu ideas and recipes for you to consider.

Epicurious: Rehearsal Dinner

Yum Sugar: Rehearsal Dinner Menu

My Recipes: Three Course Rehearsal Dinner Menu

That being said, most event planners suggest you select a caterer for you rehearsal dinner. While it might seem like a money saver to do it yourself, it is a huge commitment and often drains time and energy that could be spent on enjoying family and friends. Serendipity understands how important the rehearsal dinner can be and will work with families to create a memorable night before the big day.

A fun cake by Anything But Vanilla

Grooms cakes are another fun addition to the rehearsal dinner menu. This is an opportunity to be creative and reflect the groom’s interests. Serendipity partners with Anything But Vanilla to create amazing groom’s cakes. Here are some ideas featured on Delish, but bring us your ideas and we’ll make your vision a cake reality.

Delish: Grooms Cakes

Serendipity can easily add your rehearsal dinner to your wedding catering needs.  Call a service consultant today to plan your rehearsal dinner, snacks for the bridal party while they are getting ready and, of course, your reception.

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