It is up to the grooms family to pay for the rehearsal dinner. With the cost of weddings today, sometimes both the bride and grooms parents will split the cost of everything. Depends on the circumstances.
While tradition dictates that the Groom's father / family pay for it, it is common nowadays to split the cost of the rehearsal dinner, particularly if the costs of the wedding day are being shared. This can vary of course depending on circumstances.
The week before the wedding we met with the celebrant at the park where we were to marry, decided which tree which person would walk past and what order then smiled, nodded and agree to see each other on the day...
this is true. I currently am planning one and paying for it. since we have a lot of out of town/state guests, it's the bridal party plus out of town guests. we decided instead of a traditional sit down dinner with 70ish people :, it's more of a celebration with heavy hor d'ourvres (enough to feel like a meal), tropical fruit and both a Greek dessert and a chocolate fountain and a bar. we're calling it The Wedding's Eve. it's not cheap, but I feel it's worth it.
has anyone ever had a chocolate fountain before at their event?
it's really become the beginning of the wedding weekend festivities. all I can say, is I'm glad I have sons.. weddings are so expensive. [but I'm soon to have the most amazing daughter-in-law]