Post # 1
Quick question. I know that the rehearsal dinner is a time to thank everyone involved in the wedding with gifts and praise. I was just wondering what the ettiquette was for doing so? Do Fiance and I make a general speech and then hand out the gifts? Or do we do a little speech about every person involved and call them up to gift them? Either way is fine with me. We have a HUGE wedding party (10 BM’s, 10 Groomsmen, 2 Jr Bridesmaid or Best Man, Flower Girl, Ring Bearer, 1 Usher, 4 parents) So I didn’t want to drag out the thank you if its not needed and people will be restless. However, I also don’t want people to think we were skimping on our thank-yous. Any thoughts?
Post # 3
If I can be honest, but from a guest’s standpoint (not sure if your Rehearsal Dinner will include guests other than the bridal party), I would get anxious watching every single person be honored with a speech.
Here’s a possible compromise: give 3 general speeches- one for bridesmaids, groomsmen, and the child attendants. Have them all stand, hand out their gifts, and then move on to Maid/Matron of Honor and Best Man, and parents. That way everyone is recognized, but you’re not holding a drawn-out, individualized awards ceremony, lol!
Each speech could be short- maybe a minute (I know that sounds really short, but in public speaking time it’s pretty long!) per group? You might call each person by name during the speech, you might not.
Lastly, I think the most significant touch would be to write them each a personal note attached to the gift- one that gets into the details of what that person means to you. That way, all your bases are covered!
Post # 4
Thank you so much! That is a great idea!