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The Rehearsal Dinner
The rehearsal dinner follows the rehearsal and is usually held on the evening before the wedding. The
family of the bride and groom plus the bridal party attend. It is an important event and kicks off the
wedding festivities that follow.
Guests at the event should dress appropriately for the special occasion. Assume the proper attire is
semi-formal if a dress code has not been stated. For women, this may mean a dress or nice blouse with
slacks or a skirt. For men, this generally means a pair of slacks with a buttoned shirt.
Consider the venue style for the rehearsal dinner, and carry the theme of the wedding into it. For
instance, if the couple has planned a beach wedding, they will likely have arranged for a similarly relaxed
atmosphere at the rehearsal dinner. In that case, resort wear such as a breezy, wrap-style dress for
women and light-colored slacks and polo shirts for men would be perfectly appropriate. Choose shoes
appropriate to the location and activities of the event. This is especially important for women, comfortable
shoes are also important if dancing is planned.
Bring a light sweater or jacket for summer events in case the evening gets cool.
Because it's typically the first time the bride and groom see most of their close friends and family
together, the rehearsal dinner can feel like a reunion. For a more formal dinner, or one with a larger
guest list, it helps to have a seating chart so people aren't at a loss about where to go when it's time
for the meal to be served. Furthermore, some members of the two families may be meeting for the first
time, and relatives may not be acquainted with everyone in the wedding party. Encourage
conversation by seating these people together (if you're sure they'll be comfortable), or simply make a
point of introducing them personally sometime during the evening.
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