Post # 1
Okay so we are having a rehersal dinner even though we don’t have a wedding party. (yep no bridesmaids or groomsmen). The dinner will be about 25 people (half our wedding) because so many will be traveling in from out of town. So here is my question. I mean really what is supposed to happen at the rehersal dinner? I am getting a funny groomscake and I wanted to play off that a little bit. The cake is an airplane cake and I want to give out funny little glider airplanes to everyone. But other than that and some eatin what are we supposed to do? Is this when there should be a bride and groom speech?
Anyone give me some ideas because I want it to be fun and just a plain old dinner but then again is anyone expecting anything?
Post # 3
I think it’s just supposed to be a good time for everyone and people can just chat and catch up!
The cake sounds very cute!
Post # 4
Typically this is when the bride and groom give out parent and bridal party gifts. If you don’t have a wedding party, it would still be a good idea to give a toast to anyone who helped you a long the way or just to say some nice things about the people who travelled so far to be with you?
Post # 5
If you have any gifts to give anyone (maybe the minister if he/she’s at the dinner, or your parents, or someone special who helped you a lot with wedding planning), then the rehearsal dinner is a good time to do that. Besides that, just keep it casual and unscripted, and let people mingle and chat.
Post # 6
The rehearsal dinner can be whatever you make of it. I think of it as a more casual affair where I can just (try to) relax and spend more time with family and friends. Our RD is all out of town guests, which in our case is basically everyone who is coming to the wedding! We are going to have some lawn games (bocci ball, horseshoes, ladderball) as well as a slideshow. We will probably give out our gifts at this point and give a little thank you toast to all of our guests and pointing out specific people who helped us a lot along the way. I am very excited!
Post # 7
The rehearsal dinner, as others have said, is definitely the time to pass out any gift for parents or special people, if you have them.
Otherwise, it’s just a day to kind of reflect on the next day’s events, and for people to give casual toasts. This is also a really good time to get personal with those who have helped you a lot, or recognize your parents or grandparents.