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Parents of the Groom: Hosting a Rehearsal Dinner in Swansea

Parents of the Groom: Hosting a Rehearsal Dinner in Swansea

When wedding plans are being considered, most people first think about the wedding ceremony and the Swansea wedding reception. Then they might think about the bridal and bachelor parties. However, there is one special celebration that traditionally falls upon the parents of the groom to host, and that is the rehearsal dinner. While it does not always have to be a dinner, as some rehearsals occur earlier in the day, this type of social gatherings and special occasions is typically hosted the day before the actual wedding.

What is a Rehearsal Dinner?
The bride, groom, close family, and wedding party visit the location of the ceremony to go over the details of the wedding. The idea is to figure out where everyone is going to stand, provide bridesmaids and groomsmen with information on when to walk down the aisle, and create strategies for getting the adorable flower girls and ring bearers to the altar in a timely fashion without too many distractions.

After the rehearsal is finished, the parents of the groom host a special dinner to thank everyone for their participation. Guests include the bride, her parents and siblings, the groom, his parents and siblings, as well as the officiant, groomsmen, bridesmaids, families of the flower girls and ring bearers, as well as anyone else participating in the wedding. Some families will even invite out-of-town guests who came in early so the couple can spend more time with them.

What to Expect
As with other aspects of the wedding, the first plan of action should be to locate a South Coast event venue that is befitting of this type of celebration. You could host it at a restaurant or at a local banquet hall in Swansea, MA. It doesn’t necessarily have to be at the same venue as the ceremony or reception, but it can be if the facility is available and the groom’s parents want to host it there. The average guest list can range between 25-50 people or more, so make sure to get a list from the couple and the parents of the bride to make sure no one gets left out.

Once you choose the location, you can start planning the menu. Make sure you know what will be served at the Swansea wedding reception so you don’t serve the same food. The goal should be to do something different, yet along the same lines as the wedding theme, to bring it all together. Speak with the bride, her mother, and the wedding planner to coordinate color schemes and decor. You can choose to do complimentary colors and designs for the rehearsal dinner centerpieces and decorations or do something that represents the groom and his personal interests.

Visit the Venue
Make sure to visit the South Coast event venue ahead of time. If possible, have a meal there before choosing your menu. If you host your event at the world-famous Venus de Milo, make sure to take advantage of our extensive menu that provides a wide range of ethnic, regional, and traditional foods that can be served. Make sure to ask about groom’s cakes, cupcakes, cookies, or other desserts that you want to be served. Some venues have restrictions on things that can be brought in from outside vendors, while others will provide you with a list of approved vendors that can be contacted for services.

Work with the on-site event coordinator at the banquet hall in Swansea, MA on everything from choosing linens and bar service to decorations and coordinating outside vendors. Our staff will be happy to help you with everything to make your social gatherings and special occasions memorable and worry-free. The more time that you can spend with the event planner to make sure all the details are set, the less time you will have to spend right before the wedding chasing down vendors or making adjustments to your party schedule.

Contact Venus de Milo in Swansea, MA
If you are planning a rehearsal dinner or Swansea wedding reception and ceremony, contact Venus de Milo by calling 508-678-3901. Schedule a tour of our facility or contact our staff to find out about availability at our South Coast event venue. Come see for yourself why so many locals and Southern New England residents plan their special events at our beautiful and well-appointed banquet hall in Swansea, MA.

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