|Hosting a rehearsal dinner at home doesnt mean you have to forgo style|
The best part about the rehearsal dinner is that it can be as fancy or as causal as you would like. Traditionally paid for by the groom’s family—which is always a plus, the rehearsal dinner doesn’t just include the wedding party and immediate family members anymore. These days, experts and wedding magazine editors are saying that it’s perfectly acceptable to invite out of town guests as well. By inviting out of town guests, you are saying, “I value you taking out the time and money to be a part of my big day,” plus this provides them with some entertainment and socializing in a new town the night before the wedding.
Rehearsal dinners can be exactly what you make them, and can cost as much as $1200. So if you are working from a strict budget, some less expensive venues might be just the thing for you - such as a private clubhouse, restaurant or even your home. A backyard barbeque with a little flag football or volleyball (without the mishaps of “Meet the Parents”) is a perfect way to relax before your day, without breaking the bank.
No matter what you decide to do, you definitely want to have a rehearsal dinner and show appreciation for the people that made it all possible.