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the rehearsal dinner invites

The invitations never end it seems.

But, I didn’t struggle with my rehearsal dinner invitations the way I seemed to have with everything else. These were much quicker. Aside from the glittering process anyway. Which I have to admit I secretly loved. Who doesn’t like a little extra glitter on the surface? 🙂 

Materials for these babies consisted of:

orange cardstock

red envelopes

a free Fiesta font from

a white Gelly Roll pen



my Adobe Photoshop program and home printer

oh yeah, and stamps. Never enough stamps.


{the glitter was much brighter + way prettier in person}

The main piece went out to all the invitees and for the the wedding party, I included a small insert with the actual rehearsal information. Attached with a very kitschy paper clip – not shown.

Still needing to brush up on your rehearsal dinner etiquette?

Here are a few tips from the Chicago Wedding Blog:

When Is It

The rehearsal dinner usually occurs right after the rehearsal, which is almost always the afternoon or evening before the wedding.

Who Hosts

The groom’s parents traditionally host and pay for the rehearsal dinner.  Nowadays, however, planning and hosting weddings – and all the events surrounding them – is often a group effort.  During your initial wedding budget talks with all contributing parties – you’ll need to discuss and determine plans for hosting the rehearsal dinner.

Who’s Invited

The guest list typically includes the wedding party, immediate family, and the officiant.  Some couples choose to invite out-of-town guests as well, but if you have a far flung guest list, inviting them all may be impractical.

Where Is It

For convenience reasons, the rehearsal dinner should take place close to the wedding location; however, the choice of venue type is pretty open.  Restaurants are always a popular option, yet more and more couples are starting to get just as creative with their rehearsal dinner venues as they are their wedding venues.  Mansions, museums, parks, gardens, backyards – you name it – it can host a rehearsal dinner.

What Happens

Rehearsal dinners are well-suited for toasting (and roasting), since speakers may feel more comfortable in a more intimate environment.  As the traditional host, the father of the groom usually speaks to welcome guests.  The best man, maid of honor, bridesmaids, or really anyone else may offer a toast.  The bride and groom can also use this opportunity to distribute their attendant gifts and thank their families and guests.

Ideas and Trends

More and more couples are opting for casual rehearsal dinners, especially when the wedding is particularly elegant.  Brides and grooms who want to relax and enjoy themselves before the main event find an unbuttoned affair particularly enticing, causing clambakes, crawfish boils and barbeques to become popular.  Other couples are centering the dinner around a fun activity such as a boat cruise, wine tasting, casino night, mini golf – even bowling.

More Resources:

fiesta DIY rehearsal dinner invitations

rehearsal dinners by color and theme

dressing for the rehearsal dinner

And some more fiesta inspiration, for me 🙂

from Junebug Weddings

stylish mexican inspired real wedding rehearsal dinner, images by Beaux Arts Photographie

{love the flowers for your hair}





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Rehearsal Ceremony Tips via All Events Planned

The wedding rehearsal.  Who really plans that in advance? I’ve thought about the rehearsal dinner, but only because I’m so excited for our fiesta themed soiree!  The actual rehearsal though – not really.  Event planner, Brandi Hamerstone of All Events Planned brought this one to my attention.  As she says, “it’s not one of the most difficult aspects of the wedding planning but certainly one that can cause some headaches.”  I’m sure I’ll have enough to worry about the day before the wedding, I don’t want this to be one of them, and I definitely don’t want it to slip through the cracks.  Neither do you.  So read Brandi’s tips for getting through your rehearsal ceremony with as much ease and grace as possible.
1. Make sure everyone knows what time it starts.  If it starts at 6pm, then it needs to be clear it STARTS at 6pm, not that people should just start arriving at 6pm.

2. Figure out who is in charge.  Does your pastor/rabbi/officiant want to run the ceremony or will your wedding planner be in charge of organizing the ceremony?  Or, do you have a ceremony coordinator on site?  If so, try to meet with him/her before the rehearsal so you will get a feeling for their style. 

3. Have directions to the rehearsal ceremony and then to the dinner after.  This way there is no confusion for the people who have come in from out-of-town. 

4. This may seem silly, but make sure everyone stays sober.  Depending on your religions and traditions there may be a lot for your bridal party to remember AND to listen to, the last thing you need is someone being tipsy then and missing our on their part the next day.

5. Try to explain what roles each person will have and whether you want them to practice at the rehearsal ceremony.  If your uncle is doing a reading, tell him if he should do the actual reading or if you just want him to stand up to acknowledge he is doing it.

6.  Have all the props that you need, there that evening.  You are going to be nervous and stressed and the last thing you want to do is just “wing it” without something there.  Make a list of items, have someone make sure they are all there, that way they will be there when you arrive the next day as well.

7. Make it clear to everyone that this rehearsal is a BIG deal and that they need to pay attention.  Be sure to explain to your family and friends WHO is running the ceremony so they know who to listen to and follow for direction.  Rehearsals have last two or three hours long because of “rowdy” bridal parties and too many people trying to give direction.

8.  Have opinions on what you want to see.  You will be at the end of your ability to make decisions at this point, but force yourself through one last night of details.  If you don’t “care” or it doesn’t matter anymore, someone else will be making the decision for you, and you may not be happy with the results.

9. Stay on schedule.  You will more than likely have some type of event scheduled after the rehearsal so keep track of time.  Your guests may have just come from work, or from driving a long way, and they too will want to head out for dinner sooner rather than later.  You’ll have plenty of time to catch up with everyone at the rehearsal dinner, so keep on track with doing only what you came for, rehearsing. 

10. Relax.  This is the one part of your wedding day you get to “practice” and it doesn’t get much better than that.  You actually get to run through this process one, maybe even two times so trust me, you will be ready by your wedding day.  You’ll be too nervous/excited/anxious the next day to remember much anyhow, so just enjoy the night before your wedding day. 

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