Rhode Island Wedding Guide

Wedding Planning

Rehearsal & Rehearsal Dinner

The rehearsal dinner is traditionally hosted by the groom's parents on the night before the wedding. The rehearsal is usually held at the church or the ceremony site, then followed by a dinner (which can be formal or casual) at either a restaurant or function hall. During the rehearsal, the wedding officiant will go over all the details that will happen during the wedding ceremony.

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The wedding officiant will give the bride and groom, wedding attendants, their parents and any readers the cues that they will need. The attendants will be shown what order they will be walking in and who they will be partnered with (if any) as they walk down the aisle. It's a great time to go over any last minute details such as what time and where everyone should be on the wedding day.

After the rehearsal, everyone gathers together to toast the bride and groom. The rehearsal dinner can be as casual as you like or as elegant as you like. It can be held at someone's house, restaurant, banquet facility, etc. The choice is up to the host/hostess. It can be as casual as a backyard barbecue or as elegant as having it at a beautiful banquet facility. No matter where the host decides to have it, it will be sure to be a fun time for all!

The immediate family, wedding party attendants and their spouses and significant others, the parents of the child attendants, and the officiant and his/her spouse are invited to the rehearsal dinner. It's a good time for the two families and your friends to get to know each other a little better. It's also a great time for the bride and groom to express their gratitude to their parents and wedding attendants.

You may choose to give thank-you gifts to your attendants and your parents at this time. Most importantly, it's a time to let them know how much it means to you for them to be part of your big day.

Wedding Party Tip:Take the time to make important announcements concerning the wedding day, including:
  • Bring an ID. The wedding party is not exempt from showing proper ID.
  • State what time ushers should be at the ceremony.
  • What time bridesmaids should be at bride’s house.
  • Who is going in limos and who is not.
  • Where to meet once they arrive at your reception facility.
  • Ask groomsmen for assistance with transporting gifts/items after the reception ends.

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