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wedding rehearsal basics

Just when you think you have every detail of your wedding accounted for, you realize you haven't given too much thought to the other wedding-related parties, like rehearsal dinners, post-wedding brunches, or a wedding luncheon! Don't worry, we've got your primer to all the pre- and post-wedding parties. First, determine your guest list for each event. Traditionally, only the bridal party must be invited to the rehearsal, but it's a nice gesture to send rehearsal dinner invitations to any out-of-town guests who will be traveling for your wedding. But don't worry about all those extra guests blowing your budget -- rehearsal dinners can be as formal or as low-key as you want (pizza party, anyone?). The rehearsal dinner, post-wedding brunch, or wedding luncheon is also a prime time for wedding toasts. Are you a bridal party member who's at a loss for words? We have great toasting tips and ideas for crafting heartfelt wedding toasts that will leave everyone in tears (in a good way!)...or in stitches, if you're looking to set a more light-hearted tone. Don't forget about planning a killer reception after party to keep the good times going! Not sure whom to invite? You may have only sent rehearsal dinner invitations to your nearest and dearest, but anyone who was invited to the reception should be invited to the after party as well (although some of your older guests might pass on the late-night festivities). Remember that the pre- and post-wedding parties don't have to match the formality of your wedding exactly -- even if you're having a formal wedding, feel free to incorporate fun themes, like a luau, BBQ, or even a trip to a bowling alley.

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