This feature of Fimark's Wedding Planner presents the customary afternoon or evening bridal party rehearsal dinner complete with menu, decorations, games, invitations and the offering of gifts for the bride and groom for their new home.
As custom would have it the parents of the groom entertain the wedding party and family with a dinner following the wedding rehearsal. The objective is to get better acquainted with friends and family of the bride and groom before the big day.
Typically a theme and color scheme very different from that of the wedding is preferred. When planning and organizing the dinner one should keep it simple when time and resources are minimal. That said consider having your dinner at a restaurtant with a private room or home of a family member who is not required to attend the rehearsal. If your having the dinner catered take the time to select a location that is not far from the rehearsal location and a caterer that offers a menu of food the majority of your guests will enjoy.
When making your bridal party dinner guest list remember to include the spouses and/or dates accompanying the families, the officiant and his or her spouse and out-of-town relatives. Is is best to send invitations about four weeks before the dinner. You'll find printable invitations on this page.
The table usually decorated with flowers and wedding favors. Table place cards will help guests become more familiar with one another. Icebreaker activities encourage mixing, mingling and much entertainment. At some point the father of the groom offers words of wisdom and expressions of deep sentiment to the bride and groom to be. This is followed by the father of the bride, the best man and maid of honor.
Shortly after the laughs or had and tears are wiped gifts are presented to all in attendants. The parents of the bride and groom usually present their gifts as well. It is suggested that the party end early so that all will can have ample rest before the big day.