Congrats, you’re getting married! There are so many things to take care of and a lot to plan. You need to pick out your invitations, put together a guest list, break it to your fiance that you guys have to make second cousins the invitation cut off point, figure out where you’re going to get married…and don’t forget about the rehearsal dinner. However, here’s a wedding hack you may not have considered. What about having the rehearsal dinner at the same place as your wedding site or your reception venue? If you think that “Wedding Law” states “During the ceremony Thou must play Pachelbel’s Canon in D and Thou shalt only have thy rehearsal dinner at a local restaurant,” you can shake things up a little. You know, it is your wedding after all. In fact, it may be a bit smarter to have your rehearsal dinner at the same place you’re getting married or planning the reception. Let’s take a look at the advantages.
- You Can Save Money
Many venues may offer you a combination deal if you book both events at the same place. With all the expenses around planning a wedding, saving money is an excellent way to go. Think of it like this, that’s more money you could put toward your honeymoon.
- It’s Convenient for You and Your Guests
No additional maps and extra coordination and no surprises. Both you and your guests will appreciate having all the events in one place so there is less travel time, no one gets lost on the way and you remove a little bit of stress from your big day.
- Working with Your Wedding Coordinator Makes it Easier
Your wedding coordinator is there to help make sure all of your wishes are met, you stay within budget and everything goes off without a hitch. You’re already working closely with him or her and this person most likely has a good handle on your thoughts and wishes for the big event. Extending these ideas through to the rehearsal dinner should be a piece of (wedding) cake.
- Carry Over Your Theme
If you have a themed wedding–rustic farmhouse, vintage, modern, etc.–it’s easy and economical to use some of the same decorations and aesthetics at your rehearsal dinner, wedding and reception. Having two events (or all) at the same place helps make carrying your theme through easier. Your wedding coordinator can help with this, too!
While it has been a tradition to have your rehearsal dinner at a different venue, the times are changing, and more and more people are booking them at the same place to save money, add convenience and carry over their theme. If you have questions about booking either your wedding or rehearsal dinner or both, give us a call. We’d be happy to talk to you about the advantages and how we can enhance your big day.