What kind of protocol is associated with a wedding rehearsal dinner?


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A wedding rehearsal dinner provides an opportunity for the couple's close friends and family to meet and celebrate the wedding in a more intimate setting. The dinner is held the evening before the wedding, and is highlighted by toasts and the exchange of gifts between the couple and guests.

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The parents of the groom customarily host the wedding rehearsal dinner, although it can also be hosted by the bride's family or the couple. Although it is traditionally held the evening before the wedding, the family may also choose to host a rehearsal luncheon or brunch. Guests include the bride and groom, the wedding party and their partners, the parents, stepparents, grandparents of the couple, and any siblings of the bride and groom. Also invited are parents of young attendants and any older children of the bride or groom from previous marriages.

The bride and groom assist the dinner hosts in communicating with other attendees to set the dinner details. The dinner location should be close to the rehearsal site. Printed or handwritten invitations are traditionally sent, or guests are invited by phone or email three to six weeks before the event. Etiquette dictates that guests RSVP by a specific date. At the dinner, the couple and their parents make sure that all family members and members of the wedding party have been introduced, and the hosts encourage a relaxed and lighthearted atmosphere that celebrates of the guests of honor.

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