Time to Practice & Celebrate - the Big Day's just one night away!
It's time to practice - gather the bridal party, immediate family, coordinator, officiant, and anyone else who needs to know how things are going to go on your big day and do your run-through. Some of the local venues are only available for day-of decoration and use, so make sure your group can sit down and discuss your vision thoroughly beforehand. If you're bringing in a day-of coordinator, make an appointment on a weekday and ask him/her to stop by with you so you can review everything you need from them and your timeline for the caterer, cake, and other services so they know what is expected of them. If you've chosen a venue that you can rent for back-to-back days, the rehearsal will be a great time for you to stage the whole ceremony so your attendees know where they're supposed to stand and be throughout the proceedings.
Eat, Drink, & Get Ready to be Married!
Once you've got your details figured out and your bridal party is ready to make your dreams come true - it's time to party! Invite the bridesmaids, bridesmen, groomsmen, groomsmaids, ushers, ring bearer, flower girl, officiant, and the parents and head out for food and drinks to celebrate your last day/night of singledom. Keep it lively swapping stories of the bride and groom and having some laughs about your time together. Keep it easy on yourselves, while this is traditionally the groom's parents’ contribution, now-a-days that's not necessarily the case and this might be another line item on your budget. A lot of people like renting out a room at a restaurant in town so they don't have to worry about the cooking or cleaning and can instead focus on their friends and family. If that doesn't fit what you're looking for, talk to your caterer to see if they have a recommendation.
Below are the venues that offer rehearsal spaces and a list of our favorite restaurants for rehearsal dinners.