b'REHEARSAL DINNERDani WhitePhotography EraseQUESTIONS TO ASK andRehearsalTheany wedding day nerves by planning a ceremony dinner rehearsal.Ceremony Venue: YES NO When does the ceremonyifyourehavinganItalianmenuatyour rehearsal and dinner take place? receptionsoguestscanhavedifferent experiences!1. What time will the rehearsal begin? The ceremony rehearsal traditionally takesplace the day before the wedding. You canWhere you decide to have the rehearsal din-2. How long will the rehearsal take? host the meal prior to or after the ceremonynerdependsonthebudgetofwhoeverisrehearsal, or you can hold both on an entirelythrowing it (traditionally the groom\'s par-3. Who should come to the rehearsal?ents), who is in attendance, and what kind different day. of party the host envisions. Most commonly, Who should we invite? rehearsal dinners are held at local restau-Everyone involved in the ceremony shouldrants, though you can use a banquet hall or Rehearsal Dinner Venue: attend the rehearsal, including: bridesmaids,your reception venue, too.1. How many can you seat? groomsmen, parents, flower girl & ring bear- What takes placeer,Officiant,readers,andmusicians.Its considerate to invite the spouse or signifi- at the rehearsal dinner?cant other of each attendant, also.Traditionally,thebestmanoffersatoast 2. Do you have a special menu?3. How many servers will you provide? Regarding the dinner, the guest list can be astothesoon-to-bespouses.Thegroomsimple as including your immediate family,then follows with a toast to his bride and 4. Can you accommodate special dietary the wedding party, and their significant oth- herparents.Youshouldmakesurethat needs? allguestsareintroducedtooneanother, ers, though its becoming more popular to 5.Is there a bar? FullLimitedNomake it a larger event for out-of-town guests.eitherbyformalintroductionsorthroughIf you prefer an intimate gathering but dontmingling. A special touch would be to intro-want to exclude other guests, consider host- duce your wedding party and say something NOTESing the rehearsal dinner two nights beforepersonal about each one, like how you met the wedding day and having a welcome partyor why you asked them to be in your wed-for out-of-town guests the night before theding. Keep in mind, though, that this party is wedding. meant to be thrown to honor you and your fianc. If youd rather have a more relaxed Where should we hold the dinner? andcasualatmospherewithnoformal The rehearsal dinner should be held near orspeeches, thats not required! The rehearsal at the ceremony site. Its considerate and fundinner is a great time to relax with your fam-Don\'t forget to ask the general questions on page 6 to vary the dinner options from the weddingily and friends without worrying too much mealsuchasofferingsteakorseafoodabout tradition.128 | TODAY\'S BRIDE 0-3 MONTHS UNTIL "I DO" 128'