Your Rehearsal Dinner

rehearsal dinnerYou’ve been to the church or ceremony venue. You’ve been “on stage” and all the actors know where they are to stand and what they are to do and when they are to do it. Your costumes are ready. You know your lines. The decorations are due the next day and someone will see to them. Now it is time to relax and enjoy the good company of family and friends at your rehearsal dinner.

As one consultant terms it, “The rehearsal dinner is the perfect informal foil to the formal wedding day.”

With good food and conversation, some toasts and some surprises, you can have your rehearsal dinner wherever you wish. Traditionally it was hosted and paid for by the groom’s parents, but as with many wedding related activities, traditions change.

  • The invitation list for the rehearsal dinner includes the “must haves” – the wedding party and their spouses, all parents and the officiant plus his or her spouse. If your budget allows you may include some “maybes”. Some couples include out of town wedding guests if the numbers work. Remember, it is about thanking those who help to make the wedding day special.
  • While they aren’t required, assigned seats at the dinner are helpful. Guests don’t have to wonder where to sit and with whom, and you can assure that everyone feels welcome and relaxed. It also insures that some guests are not left alone at a table.

Why Your Wedding Planner Needs To Be At Your Ceremony Rehearsal

Here are some budget saving ideas for that informal gathering.

  • Hold the dinner at home instead of a restaurant.
  • Serve a more relaxed menu like pasta instead of a formal meat course like the one planned for the next day at the wedding reception.
  • Serve wine and beer instead of cocktails.
  • Serve home baked desserts instead of the chef prepared goodies being served at the reception.
  • If the dinner is at a home, and the weather is nice, move it outside and think about using paper plates and plastic utensils instead of china and silver.
  • This is a perfect time to give gifts to your wedding party. They should be seen as a way of saying thank you. Likewise with toasts. A toast is about caring and it should be shared not just directed at the bride and groom. A rehearsal dinner is all about saying thank you.

One other thought: You don’t have to have a rehearsal “dinner”. You can have a rehearsal brunch, or lunch or breakfast. Organize your rehearsal day any way you wish. If a morning rehearsal works better for your ceremony site, for you and your families and attendants, do it and follow it with a picnic lunch.

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Real Wedding – Sara & Quentin

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Happy 1st Anniversary to Sara and Quentin!

These high school sweethearts were married on a sunny fall day at Country Club of the North.

Lovers of all things Disney – especially Alice in Wonderland – decor was inspired by events that took place “through the looking glass.”

Even her wedding gown, by Alfred Angelo, was Disney inspired (it was the “Sleeping Beauty” style).






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I’m Dreaming of . . . My Wedding!

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Photo by J. Renee Creations

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Vendor Team:
Venue – Country Club of the North
Hair & Make-Up – Ebony Stargell Newcomb Shear Hotness
Baker – The Cakery
Photographer – Ana Corsmeier Prima Vista Photography
DJ for ceremony & reception – Willie Williams – DJ Willie
Photo Booth – Jamie Cox J. Renee Creations
Wedding Planner & Reception Decor (including card box, sweetheart table swag, and cake topper) – Weddings From The Heart

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Themes and Centerpieces

fall theme centerpiecePlanning a wedding can be fun and exciting. We love to help brides plan all parts of their upcoming wedding, but wedding themes and centerpieces are among our favorites.

Selecting the flowers and other interesting pieces to decorate your celebration can be a daunting task, but carefully chosen centerpieces can be a dramatic way to pull together the theme of your wedding.

If your wedding is around a holiday, the theme and its expression is obvious. Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Independence Day all suggest certain colors and elements.

Other themes require more thought but are just as fun to create.

Is your wedding and reception near water? If so, use ship’s lanterns or bowls with tropical fish swimming over shells and sand in the bottom.

Is your reception in the country at a farm house or barn? Use checkered tablecloths and make a ceramic or straw rooster the center of each table. Add miniature bales of hay and/or summer flowers and greens in milk bottles or canning jars.

Flower Talk – The Language (and Meaning) of Flowers

Incorporate seasonal fruits in centerpieces. Big bunches of strawberries in the summer, gingham tied baskets of apples in the early fall, pumpkins and gourds with fall leaves would also work.

Celebrate your heritage with national colors, flags, patterns and fabrics. Oriental poppies, tartan plaid table linens, silver trays piled high with Mexican wedding cakes all make a statement.

Create a circus atmosphere with balloons, candied apples, popcorn and candy floss.

If both the bride and groom are teachers, the school house theme is perfect with paper chains, chalk boards, posters, report cards and lots of numbers and letters.

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