The Wedding Rehearsal Dinner: The wedding rehearsal is really just another great party, with your closest family and friends, which typically happens 1-2 nights before the wedding. If you expect it to be a lively party, with alcohol and ending late, then perhaps you should opt for 2 nights before your wedding date, just in case. :)
DO YOU HAVE TO HAVE A REHEARSAL DINNER?
Do you have to have a rehearsal dinner? No. Sometimes there's just not enough time on the weekend of your wedding, to fit everything into your schedule. If you do have the time, then this is a great time to enjoy some time with your closest family and friends. You'll have the time to talk to them, and really enjoy their company.
Another great thing about the rehearsal dinner is that you don't have to watch the clock, as much. This time is usually a great time for those who want to give toasts/speeches to the newlyweds. Fathers, mothers, friends, and anyone else who may be at the dinner, can give a speech or toast and go on as long as they want to! It's hard to sum up years of experiences and how you feel about your son or daughter getting married, in just a few minutes; so the rehearsal dinner can be the extended speech. On your wedding day, things are on a schedule, so speeches and toasts are often limited. Couples also often find that they're so busy with all the wedding details, and time simply flies by!
THINGS TO CONSIDER, WHEN PLANNING YOUR WEDDING REHEARSAL DINNER
So if you decide to do the rehearsal dinner, you'll need to know which places in the Austin and central Texas area are the best to be able to accommodate your wedding rehearsal dinner. First, consider your venue packages and what they offer. Often times your venue will have packages to allow you to have your rehearsal dinner on site! This can be helpful, since you can actually rehearse things at the venue where they will happen, if needed. The only issue with this, is that often times the more popular venues are booked for numerous events, every weekend, so they may not have the space available, unless you've already booked the venue when you initially booked.
AUSTIN'S TOP 10 WEDDING REHEARSAL DINNER PLACES
Where should you have your wedding rehearsal dinner in Austin/central Texas? Well, If you decide to have your rehearsal dinner off site, there are several great options in the Austin/central Texas area. We did some research, as well as asked our fellow wedding professionals, and here's what we came up with. Though there are numerous great places, here are the Top 10 Places:
Of course there are so many great places to eat dinner, in the number 1 city to live in, in the United States (recent news from US News & World Report). These are the ones most people recommended. If you know of a great place that did not make the list, feel free to email us and let us know! :) Check out The Knot's Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Basics, for planning tips. Next, we'll discuss some great brunch options, for the day after the wedding!
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