Rehearsal Dinner Etiquette

Show Appreciation!

Your rehearsal dinner is a great opportunity to not only socialize with your wedding party and close family members, but also to express your appreciation for all the hard work they've likely put into helping you plan your wedding. Like with other aspects of your wedding, you may be wondering about wedding rehearsal etiquette. By keeping a few pointers in mind, you can ensure that your rehearsal dinner is as fun and memorable as it should be.

  1. Speak to the parents of the groom about who is hosting. In traditional wedding rehearsal etiquette, the parents of the groom host the dinner. However, more brides and grooms are hosting the dinner as a way to thank their parents and show appreciation for their bridal party. If you decide to host the dinner yourself, make sure to speak to the groom’s parents so that they understand your decision.
  2. Invite the officiant and wedding planner. You do not have to invite all of your vendors (unless, for example, your florist is also a good friend). However, it is good rehearsal dinner etiquette to invite your wedding planner and officiant.
  3. Don’t plan to socialize too late into the evening, especially if your wedding is the next day. The rehearsal dinner is not the time to party (hopefully you have done that already!) It is an occasion to relax and enjoy your friends and family before the wedding.
  4. Toast to your parents, even if they have not been extensively involved in the planning process.
  5. Give gifts and handwritten thank-you notes to your bridal party. This is your opportunity to thank your friends for being in your wedding, and giving your bridesmaids and groomsmen a gift is standard rehearsal dinner etiquette. You do not have to spend a lot of money, but make sure the gift is thoughtful, appropriate, and most importantly, shows how much you appreciate them!

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