Planning Your Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

Tips for Preparing for Your Rehearsal Dinner

The rehearsal dinner is essentially a pre-wedding celebration party and kick-off for the activities to come. It begins after the wedding party has completed a walk through of the ceremony at the wedding venue. When planning a rehearsal dinner for your wedding there are many things to consider. You have to determine who is hosting the dinner, create a guest list and schedule, choose a theme, decide on a menu, and more. Learn helpful tips for planning a memorable rehearsal dinner with Dream Beach Wedding. 

Host of Party and Location

It is typical that the groom’s family hosts the rehearsal dinner and the bride’s family pays for the wedding ceremony and reception. However, every wedding is different, so it is important to figure out ahead of time who will be hosting. Location is key and will depend on the amount of people invited. Some good places for a rehearsal dinner is at a restaurant, someone’s home, or park. Be creative! It is your final hurrah before you are married, choose a location that is fun and reflects you as a couple. 

Guest List

Your guest list will vary on the dinner’s location as well as who you wish to include. Many brides and grooms invite close family and friends, as well as their wedding party. If there are people traveling far to come to your wedding, it is polite to extend an invitation to them. Ultimately, it is your choice on who to invite, but it is also important to consult the person hosting to make sure they can accommodate the amount of people. 

Theme and Formality

Casual, cocktail, or formal attire? Determine what attire you want your guests to wear. The night should be a reflection of the bride and groom’s personalities. You can choose a theme for everyone to follow. If you’re wedding is on the beach, for example, you could have your guests dress in beach attire and include fun decorations. 


It wouldn’t be a party without food or beverages. If you plan on having your dinner at a restaurant, you can arrange a set menu beforehand. If the party is at someone’s home, food can be catered or homemade. Your menu can also match your wedding theme. There are many possibilities but be sure to take budget into consideration. 


Pop open the champagne, it’s time for a toast! Many times during a rehearsal dinner, the hosts will make a toast along with family and friends. The bride and groom should also thank everyone for attending and being a part of their wedding festivities. You can also open the floor to other guests who may want to share a few words about the bride and groom. 

Setting the Scene for Your Wedding with Your Rehearsal Dinner

Your rehearsal dinner should be a time to spend with the people who are making your wedding possible. Enjoy it and try not to stress. It’s your last event until you are officially married to the love of your life! If you have more questions about rehearsal dinners or have questions about your wedding day, contact the team at Dream Beach Wedding!