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Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Tips

Special Touches For The Guests

Soon our son was married to a lovely young woman a few years ago. She stole our hearts. She has been a wonderful addition to our family. The Rehearsal Dinner was our area of responsibility.

The restaurant was chosen, the menu selected, and the guest list composed. We had several of out-of-town guests attending. Many relatives from both sides of the family were invited to attend the rehearsal dinner. It was a great time of fellowship, a time to get to know each other before the big day.

The bridesmaids and groomsmen attended as well. Traditionally, the bride and groom provide gifts for the attendants. We attended the rehearsal dinner for our niece two years ago. She thoughtfully gave gifts to everyone in attendance. As the Aunt and Uncle from Texas, we did not expect to be gifted, but were delighted that she thought of us. I too wanted to gift the family members and close friends who joining the happy pre-nuptial celebration.

A shopping trip to Tuesday Morning, a local retail store, provided the needed creativity. Tuesday Morning had reasonably priced gourmet cookies in unusually appealing containers. The boxes were covered with flowers and shapes that made them special for gifts. I purchased cookie tins for each set of grandparents, aunts and uncles and close friends. Because of the size and weight, it seemed important to have a sturdy bag for each container. The gift bags at Tuesday Morning are always a great buy and they carry a wide selection.

Each bag held a box of cookies. In addition, the bride's family supplied tourist maps and brochures for local sights in the area. Armed with tourist information, the out-of-town guests won't get lost and they can locate reduced price tickets to some of the local tourist attractions. I added some hard candy to the bags, for the sweet tooth.

I used two types of bags. One was a flannel reusable bag, purchased for the grandparents, that added an antique touch to their gift. These bags were unique, strong and colorful. The other guests received sturdy gift bags that would not break under the weight of their gift items.

The day approached quickly. Our gifts awaited their departure in large plastic tubs perched on chairs in the dining room. We loaded them into the back of our SUV for transporting. It seemed an easy way to carry lots of smaller items.

We also volunteered to put together some decorations for the wedding reception. The papermache flower was a decorative item for the reception. Thet were hung from the ceiling with ribbon to decorate the dance floor. There were thirty or more of these cheerful decorations assembled prior to the big event. Because of transportation issues, we decided to construct these on-site. I thought they added a nice touch to the overall decor!


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Paula Kirchner (author) from Austin. Texas on June 02, 2010:

Thanks Rick for the referrals. I consider these hubs fun ones to write and interesting reading topics. Have a great day!

Rick Zimmerman from Northeast Ohio on June 02, 2010:

PaulaK — Good tips for anyone planning nuptials. (You might enjoy my related hubs on how to make a woman happy, romantic locales of the world, or how to talk to women and live to tell — or even the one on enjoying divorce!) Regards, RickZ

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Paula Kirchner (author) from Austin. Texas on May 14, 2010:

Hi Carrie, Thanks for sharing your information. We too have planned to use pictures of the couple on the tables for the rehearsal dinner. Our dinner will be held in a nice Mexican Restaurant, so it will be colorful. Awesome information!

Carrie55 on May 14, 2010:

Good ideas. Our son got married last summer and while planning his rehearsal dinner I found the most creative idea for DIY table centerpieces using photos that also served as our seating chart here: The idea was so clever that I just shared it with my daughter's soon to be mother in law and now she is using it for their rehearsal dinner too.

Paula Kirchner (author) from Austin. Texas on May 08, 2010:

Thanks Mboosall! There are so many creative ways to celebrate today. The ideas are limitless. Thanks for sharing yours.

mboosali from Minneapolis on May 08, 2010:

fun! my sisters both got married in a span of 8 months.

My oldest sister got creative with her rehearsal dinner and made it cow boy themed. There was really no reason. It was just fun and silly. They got Famous Dave's catered and we just hun out at my church.

Then my other sister, just had pizza. Both were simple, fun, and cheep. People think they need to toss so much $$$ into their weddings, why put so much into a rehearsal dinner.

Sounds like a fun time for you, enjoy it :D

Marie Kirchner on May 07, 2010:

Yes,it is an exciting time and I am happy you are writing and sharing. Thank you.

Mschonfe on May 07, 2010:

This was helpful! I saved it for ideas for my 3 boys. Great idea.

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