Wedding Planning

Your Rehearsal Dinner

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The little things matter when planning your rehearsal dinner

The rehearsal dinner is the kickoff to your wedding weekend, so you want things to start off smoothly and stress-free. There are also a few important items you need to check off your to-do list, so make sure you don’t forget them.

Hand out gifts

The rehearsal is the perfect time to give your bridal party gifts for being a part of your day, as well as any presents for your parents, readers, officiant and such. Don’t try to hand all of these items out on the morning of — it will be too hectic and you don’t need to add another thing to your to-do list.

Give the best man the rings

Hand over the wedding bands to the best man so he will already have them for the ceremony. You don’t want to risk forgetting them back at the house or the hotel room — and only realizing it once you’ve reached the venue.

Out of town guests

Etiquette says you should invite any out-of- town guests to the rehearsal dinner, assuming they will be in town the night before. They will surely appreciate being included.

Thank everyone and make last minute announcements

You and your groom should stand up and say a few words, thanking your bridal party, parents and any other guests for being with you as you start your wedding festivities.

If you need to remind your bridal party about hair/makeup appointments, photo call times and the like, the rehearsal dinner is a good time to make everyone aware of where they need to be and when for the big day.

Wrap up early

Enough said. You want to look your best, so get a good night’s sleep. W

From the files of Ottawa Wedding Magazine

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