Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Tips
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Soon our son was married to a lovely young woman a few years ago. She stole our hearts. She has been a wonderful addition to our family. The Rehearsal Dinner was our area of responsibility.
The restaurant was chosen, the menu selected, and the guest list composed. We had several of out-of-town guests attending. Many relatives from both sides of the family were invited to attend the rehearsal dinner. It was a great time of fellowship, a time to get to know each other before the big day.
The bridesmaids and groomsmen attended as well. Traditionally, the bride and groom provide gifts for the attendants. We attended the rehearsal dinner for our niece two years ago. She thoughtfully gave gifts to everyone in attendance. As the Aunt and Uncle from Texas, we did not expect to be gifted, but were delighted that she thought of us. I too wanted to gift the family members and close friends who joining the happy pre-nuptial celebration.
A shopping trip to Tuesday Morning, a local retail store, provided the needed creativity. Tuesday Morning had reasonably priced gourmet cookies in unusually appealing containers. The boxes were covered with flowers and shapes that made them special for gifts. I purchased cookie tins for each set of grandparents, aunts and uncles and close friends. Because of the size and weight, it seemed important to have a sturdy bag for each container. The gift bags at Tuesday Morning are always a great buy and they carry a wide selection.
Each bag held a box of cookies. In addition, the bride's family supplied tourist maps and brochures for local sights in the area. Armed with tourist information, the out-of-town guests won't get lost and they can locate reduced price tickets to some of the local tourist attractions. I added some hard candy to the bags, for the sweet tooth.
I used two types of bags. One was a flannel reusable bag, purchased for the grandparents, that added an antique touch to their gift. These bags were unique, strong and colorful. The other guests received sturdy gift bags that would not break under the weight of their gift items.
The day approached quickly. Our gifts awaited their departure in large plastic tubs perched on chairs in the dining room. We loaded them into the back of our SUV for transporting. It seemed an easy way to carry lots of smaller items.
We also volunteered to put together some decorations for the wedding reception. The papermache flower was a decorative item for the reception. Thet were hung from the ceiling with ribbon to decorate the dance floor. There were thirty or more of these cheerful decorations assembled prior to the big event. Because of transportation issues, we decided to construct these on-site. I thought they added a nice touch to the overall decor!
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