b"0-3 MONTHS REHEARSALPlanning your rehearsalWhen does the ceremonydinner options from the wedding mealsuch rehearsal and dinner take place? as offering steak or seafood if youre having an The ceremony rehearsal traditionally takes placeItalian menu at your receptionso guests can the day before the wedding. You can host thehave different experiences!meal prior to or after the ceremony rehearsal, Where you decide to have the rehearsal dinner or you can hold both on entirely different days.depends on the budget of whoever is throwing QUESTIONS TO ASK Who should we invite? it (traditionally the grooms parents), and what Ceremony Venue:Everyone involved in the ceremony shouldkind of party the host envisions. Most commonly, 1. What time will the rehearsalattend the rehearsal, including bridesmaids,rehearsal dinners are held at local restaurants.begin? groomsmen, parents, flower girl and ring bearer,However, you can use a banquet hall or your 2. How long will the rehearsalofficiant, readers, and musicians. Its consideratereception venue as well. take? to invite the spouse or significant other of eachWhat takes place at the rehearsal dinner?3. Who should come to theattendant to the rehearsal dinner.Traditionally, the best man offers a toast to therehearsal?Regarding the dinner, the guest list can be assoon-to-be spouses. The groom then follows Rehearsal Dinner Venue:simple as including your immediate family,with a toast to his bride and her parents. You 1. How many can you seat?the wedding party, and their significant others,should make sure that all guests are introduced although its becoming more popular to make it ato one another, either by formal introductions 2. Do you have a special larger event for out-of-town guests. If you prefer menu? an intimate gathering, but dont want to excludeor through mingling. A special touch would be to introduce your wedding party and say some-3. How many servers will you other guests, consider hosting the rehearsal provide? dinner two nights before the wedding day andthing personal about each one, like how you met or why you asked them to be in your wedding. 4. Can you accommodate having a welcome party for out-of-town guests special dietary needs?the night before the wedding. If youd rather have a more relaxed and casual atmosphere with no formal speeches, thats okay 5. Is there a bar?Where should we hold the dinner? too! The rehearsal dinner is a great time to relax The rehearsal dinner should be held near thewith your family and friends without worrying Don't forget to ask the general questions on page 4 ceremony site. Its considerate and fun to vary thetoo much about tradition.180 TODAYS BRIDE|0-3 MONTHS UNTIL I DO |REHEARSAL"