Upgrade Your Rehearsal | Tips to planning your rehearsal dinner

By Paula Ramirez with Historic Mankin Mansion

So often couples completely and faithfully fall in line with tradition. However, these days we’re seeing fresher, more favorable upgrades to weddings, particularly when it comes to the rehearsal. Here are a few tips and trends that will give yours a proper upgrade.

Think out of the box.

While rehearsals are typically done a day or two before the big day, couples are now opting for ‘day of’ rehearsals, simplifying the week’s details and easing any unnecessary stress. Arrangements can easily be made through a supportive venue.

Swap the rehearsal dinner.

Instead of the customary dinner post rehearsal, many are choosing to instead host a “Welcome Dinner” for their VIPs and out-of-towners, creating a more relaxed and flexible time with friends and family. Whether you choose an upscale Richmond restaurant or an intimate home cooked meal, guests will appreciate time spent together without the distraction of a rehearsal.

Keep it simple.

Inviting spectators to the rehearsal can quickly get out of hand. To simplify the process, be sure to invite only the wedding participants, ensuring the rehearsal is easy and efficient for all involved. Processions are uncomplicated, so there’s no need to devote so much time or involve too many people when it comes to practicing how to walk in a straight line.

Keep the vows sacred.

Too often during rehearsals, officiants will narrate nearly the entire ceremony, distracting from the day-of nuptials. A simple solution to this wedding faux pas is to chat with the officiant prior to the rehearsal to ensure that he or she stays clear of reciting vows and especially the most important “I Do’s”!

Ultimately choosing to upgrade the rehearsal will not only relieve stress, but it will allow complete focus on the nuptials making the overall week of the wedding experience cool, calm and collected.

Paula Ramirez is the Proprietor of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding & Event Estate. Paula and her husband Martin have lovingly restored this National Landmark to its original grandeur and are honored to share the treasured estate for events. Paula, Martin, and the Mansion have been featured in Forbes, Orbitz, Travel Channel, MSNBC, Martha Stewart Weddings, Oprah Magazine, Huffington Post, New York Times, and Apple TV.