Four Things You Should Know About Planning Your Rehearsal Dinner

Wedding season is quickly approaching, and we all know the drill. You’ve got to find the venue, pick out the flowers, book the band, and find a dress all seven of your bridesmaids approve of. You already spent months fretting over a venue for the wedding and the reception, the last thing you want to think about is figuring out your rehearsal dinner. So let us lend a hand.

When it comes to planning the rehearsal dinner, the important thing to remember is that there is no longer a set right or wrong way to do it. That being said, here’s some commonly asked questions about rehearsal dinners.

Who Pays for the Rehearsal Dinner?

Traditionally, the parents of the groom will pay for the rehearsal dinner, since the bride’s parents typically pay for the wedding. However, some couples choose to pay for the rehearsal dinner themselves or split the cost between both sets of parents. It varies couple to couple, the important part is to have good communication beforehand.

Who Should Be Invited to the Rehearsal Dinner?

When determining who to invite, you should start with the members of the wedding party and their dates or spouses, immediate family and their dates, and any extended family who are an important part of the bride and groom’s life. It’s also polite to invite the officiant and their spouse. The guest list doesn’t have to stop there, but these are good bases to cover.

How Formal Should the Rehearsal Dinner Be?

The only “rule” when it comes to how formal or casual your rehearsal dinner should be is that it shouldn’t be more formal than the wedding itself. Some couples prefer a more casual rehearsal dinner, while others want a more upscale event and some just use their rehearsal dinner as an excuse to throw a party. It’s your rehearsal dinner, make it what you want.

How Do You Book Spaces for Rehearsal Dinners?

Once you have found a venue that fits what you’re looking for, give them a call to make sure they can accommodate all of your needs. Confirm the space is big enough to fit your party size, ask about any deposits or fees, and get a point of a contact for any future questions.

Edley's East Nashville Patio, perfect for Formal and casual dinners.

Whether you’re looking to book a space for a formal rehearsal dinner or wanting something casual in your own backyard, we can help. The patio at our East Nashville location is a perfect space for both formal and casual dinners and we offer three different tiers of catering options as well as a la carte options so you can find what works best for you. Our event space is also equipped with a full bar if you’re wanting a pre-wedding party.

With all of the stresses surrounding your big day, let us take one thing off your plate (by putting some tasty barbeque on it).

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