A rehearsal dinner is a pre-wedding ceremony in North American tradition, usually held after the wedding rehearsal and the night before the wedding ceremony.
The guests generally include the couple to be married and others who form the wedding party, but may also include extended family and out-of-town guests. The rehearsal dinner costs are traditionally incurred by the groom's parents. However, modern traditions allow for either the bride's or the groom's parents to incur these costs.
The purpose of the rehearsal dinner is for the relatives and friends of the bride and groom to meet and have a good time. The couple generally takes this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped with the wedding preparations. Activities generally include toasting (or roasting) and the presentation of small gifts for those who have helped plan the wedding.
Famous quotes containing the words rehearsal and/or dinner:
“Tremble: your whole life is a rehearsal for the moment you are in now.”
—Judith Malina (b. 1926)
“Bruno Antony: Tell me, Judge, after youve sentenced a man to the chair, isnt it difficult to go out and eat your dinner after that?
Judge Dolan: When a murderer is caught he must be tried, when he is convicted he must be sentenced, when he is sentenced to death he must be executed.
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Judge Dolan: So it is. Besides, it doesnt happen every day.
Bruno Antony: So, few murderers are caught?”
—Raymond Chandler (18881959)