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1. Your rehearsal dinner should have a different style and menu than your wedding. For instance, if your wedding is a formal sit-down dinner, then plan a rehearsal dinner that is more casual. And, if you are serving chicken or beef for the wedding, then try Italian food for the rehearsal dinner.
2. Many brides and grooms are having lots of fun with the rehearsal dinner by incorporating a particular theme such as a Mexican Fiesta, a Western Barbecue or a Hawaiian Luau.
3. It's not required that you send out invitations for your rehearsal dinner, but if you have time - it's a good idea.You should include directions to the restaurant if people are unfamiliar with the area.If you do send out invitations, they should always be less formal than your wedding invitation.
4. You should invite all those who will take part in the wedding ceremony to the rehearsal dinner. Spouses or dates of all adult attendants should be invited.Parents and grandparents of the bride and groom should be invited.If you're having small children in the wedding, the parents of the children should be invited, but many times the children will not attend the dinner in order to get to bed early. You can always invite other family members who are not part of the ceremony and out-of-town guests to join your rehearsal dinner. It's always nice to have more time to spend with your family and out-of town guests that you may not see very often.
5. A nice gesture is to thank your parents and future parents-in-law and propose a toast at the rehearsal dinner to say "thank you" for all their love, support and help for a wonderful wedding!
6. If you haven't already -- this is the time to give your gifts to the attendants and thank them for being in the wedding.
7. Many rehearsal dinners are showing home movies or video clips of when the bride or groom were very young. Some take baby pictures and enlarge them and display them throughout the rehearsal dinner. These all make for a good "ice breaker" and certainly add a lot of fun to the evening.
8. You could also think about having the Groom's Cake at the rehearsal dinner. It's a nice surprise and you can get creative with the groom's cake. Make it match the groom's personality or a particular interest or hobby.
9. The rehearsal dinner is a good time to go over any last minute details with your family and wedding party - just in case someone doesn't know where and when they are suppose to meet the next morning.
10.Don't drink a lot of alcohol at the rehearsal dinner and go home EARLY. You want to make sure you get lots of rest to look your best on your wedding day!


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