Most couples realize they need to plan some sort of rehearsal dinner for their wedding party members and close family members, but many are unsure of what exactly is expected. The good news is that this event can truly be as casual or formal as the couple wishes. Here are a few guidelines!

Most couples have their rehearsal dinner the evening before the wedding, immediately following the ceremony run-through. The event is designed to let family members and the bridesmaids and groomsmen to get to know one another prior to the big day.

Traditionally, the groom’s parents plan and pay for the rehearsal dinner. Some couples opt to cover the cost themselves and personally plan the festivities to suit their taste and budget. There is no incorrect plan for the rehearsal dinner! The degree of formality is totally up to the couple, but it usually does not exceed the formality of the actual wedding. Just be sure to communicate the details of the dinner to all who are invited!

The dinner can be held anywhere from a local country club (for an elegant meal) to a backyard (for a casual cookout). Some wedding venues (including Fauquier Springs Country Club) will work with couples on pricing if both the wedding reception and rehearsal dinner are held there.

The key is for all of the participants to be relaxed and get acquainted. What could be more fabulous?