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5 Tips for Planning an Elegant Rehearsal Dinner {on a budget}

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Wedding planning is hard work and planning on a budget is no easy task! You've likely focused a lot of time and energy on the reception but what about the rehearsal dinner?! The rehearsal dinner is likely the first event your wedding guests will experience on your wedding weekend so you want to kick it off right! How can you plan an elegant, fun rehearsal dinner on a budget? Read today's blog post to find out!

How to plan en elegant rehearsal dinner on a budget - Eternal Ivory

1. Re-think the location

When booking your reception venue ask if they offer package deals for hosting your rehearsal dinner there as well. Some venues will gladly let you book the space for your rehearsal as they likely won't have an event there the night before your wedding.

If you're worried about having your rehearsal dinner and reception at the same venue read our next tip for making each night its own unique event!

Elegant rehearsal dinner table decor - Eternal Ivory

2. Make it a more casual affair

If you're on a budget, you can save money and still have fun by creating a rehearsal dinner that's more casual and laid back. Opt for a buffet style dinner, bring in your own table scape décor - candles and mismatched china can create a romantic, elegant vibe - and include games, like cornhole for added entertainment.

Rehearsal dinner ideas with Eternal Ivory

3. Bring in your own food and alcohol

One of the biggest cost drivers at your rehearsal dinner and reception will be the food and alcohol. If you find a venue that will let you bring in both - but especially the alcohol - you'll save a lot of money! If you're on a budget make sure this is the first question that you ask potential venues.

Bride and groom at their rehearsal dinner - Eternal Ivory

4. Ask your vendors if they'll participate in both nights at a discount

Like you reception venue, other vendors such as your florist, caterer, and photographer may be willing to offer you a discount for booking them both nights of your wedding weekend! This also allows your vendors to really get to know you, helps relieve some stress and logistical issues in limiting the number of vendors you have to work with, and can help create a cohesive feel for your wedding weekend.

Rehearsal dinner dress - Eternal Ivory

5. Invest in a dress that you can wear for multiple pre-wedding events, including your rehearsal dinner

A simple, timeless white dress can be worn for multiple pre-wedding events from your engagement photos to your bridal shower to your rehearsal dinner. Invest in a classic white rehearsal dinner dress, like our Julia dress, that you can dress up or down and wear again and again throughout your engagement journey!

An elegant rehearsal dinner on a budget is possible! We'd love to know what other tips you have for planning your rehearsal dinner on a budget - share in the comments below!