Q: We aren't having a rehearsal. Do we still need to have a rehearsal dinner?

A: A rehearsal dinner is more than just grabbing a bite to eat after the rehearsal. Hosting a pre-wedding event gives you a perfect chance to spend a little more time with family and friends before the real frenzy of your celebration begins. Also, rehearsal dinners are a great way to greet out-of-town guests when they arrive and make them feel welcome.

So go ahead and skip the rehearsal if it's not necessary, but don't skip an opportunity to get together with family and friends. If budget is an issue, consider this: The groom's parents often offer to host this event in the couple's honor. If you're paying for the shindig yourselves, just make sure to set a reasonable budget and stick to it. Scout out some inexpensive-but-fun local restaurants, or consider a backyard BBQ. Neither option should put a big dent in your overall wedding budget.

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