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How to Begin Planning a Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

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A wedding rehearsal dinner will ensure that you and your wedding party are all prepared for your big day! In addition, it is a great way to celebrate one last time before you tie the knot and obtain a new relationship status.

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If you have never hosted or attended a rehearsal dinner, you may be at a loss as to begin planning yours.

We understand the importance of a wedding rehearsal dinner! That’s why, here at Villa Russo, we have gathered some tips to assist you in planning yours. If you would like to discover what these tips are, be sure to continue reading to gain some knowledge:

  • Choose Who Hosts. Primarily, the parents of the groom will host the wedding rehearsal dinner. However, anyone can host it, including the parents of the bride, or even the couple. This is a great opportunity for the parents to feel involved with their own project in regard to your wedding, rather than having them initially taking part in your actual wedding planning.
  • Choose Who to Invite. Your wedding rehearsal dinner should be kept to a minimum of guests, as all of your friends and family members will be at your big day to celebrate with you. Consider inviting only close, immediate family members, your wedding party, and their families.
  • Choose a Time & Place. After you have developed your guest list, you can then choose a venue to accommodate your number, as well as ensure that your date is available. The date you choose should ideally be the evening before the big day, or within a couple days prior. Here at Villa Russo, we have plenty of rooms available to choose from, for any size event.
  • Choose Your Invitations. Without invitations, how would your guests attend your event? Be sure to send out invitations with the date, time, location, and any necessary information, such as if food will be served. In addition, don’t forget the RSVP’s, as you will want to gain a headcount of how many guests will be attending before the event arrives.
  • Choose Your Entertainment. At your wedding rehearsal dinner, you will practice with your wedding party before the big day, but you will also want to celebrate once you are finished. A lovely meal, light music, and drinks would be ideal. In addition, you can expect toasts to be given (traditionally by the parents of both the bride and groom), gifts to be given, and the opportunity to mingle and answer any questions that may arise in regard to your big day.

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With proper planning, your wedding rehearsal dinner will be a breeze! These are just a few tips to get you started. If you are still seeking a stunning Queens wedding venue to host your event at, please contact us here at Villa Russo. As a wedding venue in Queens, New York, we would be honored to host your event.


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