The rehearsal dinner should take place sometime after the wedding rehearsal. It is a great time for the entire family and friends to come together. The rehearsal dinner is usually hosted by the parents of the groom. The host needs to be actively involved in planning the dinner. The guest list must include all the near and dear ones of the couple. You will need to decide the date, time and venue. You must send out the invitations and ask for a reply. This way, you will have a rough idea about the number of guests. Once you have an estimate of the number of people coming, you will be able plan your budget better. For the catering, you need to include a wide variety of tastes. You must include a proper mix of foods. You can also decide to serve give the gifts to the wedding party. You can raise a toast to everyone and thank them for being there with you. The atmosphere needs to be relaxing and fun filled. Make sure it is not too formal event. This is an event that is held to relax every one at the party. Make sure no one is missed in the invitation list.