{Wedding} The Rehearsal Dinner

Before I begin writing these posts, I have noticed that I have new readers! Thank you for stopping by, and I do hope you stick around! Brief background.. Aaron and I started dating when I was a freshman in college, and we were married July 27. Our pictures have finally arrived, and I couldn’t be more excited to share. For more about us and everything leading up to the wedding, and the honeymoon, visit here!

I have a lot of pictures from my weddingg; so many that the photographer said the only wedding that has more is her daughters. Obviously, I am in love with this, and I hope you enjoy them too. I have been dreaming of these posts for a while now, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! If there is anything in particular you want to know about, leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to include it!


The day of our rehearsal was surreal. I never felt as if tomorrow was the day I would be marrying my best friend, but it was. The morning started by getting manicures with my maid of honor, Emily, and my mom. I felt so relaxed, and knew everything would be fine. The afternoon was spent catching up with Emily, making sure our reception had all of our things (there were a lot!), and checking things off my to-do list.


Btw, these nails were the ones I struggled getting off just this past weekend. They looked just as great when I took them off as in this picture, though filed down as they grew out. Can you believe it?! A month later!

Before I knew it, it was time to get ready to head to the church! I couldn’t wait to get the show on the road!

Our rehearsal started at 6:30, and everyone was on time. After a brief overview from the priest (who I absolutely loved and am soo happy he married us!), we started our practice. Naturally, I teared up throughout the entire process.

Within a half hour, we were done, and everyone felt like they knew what was asked of them. I felt confident for the next day, and was ready to go relax with my favorite people and enjoy plenty of delicious food!


Before the rehearsal. P.S. It’s pictures like these that make me very happy I cut my hair!


All my dad wanted for our wedding was shrimp cocktail; unfortunately it ended up being ridiculously overpriced, so he was ecstatic when he had it at the Rehearsal Dinner! We also had Chicken bites, which were phenomenal, along with Glazed Ham, Red Roasted Potatoes, Chicken Parm, cheese and crackers, veggies, and beef!


Aaron and I welcoming and thanking everyone.


Gift time!



I had so much fun with my girls’ gifts. They each received monogrammed large make up, and small make up bag, their earrings and necklace for the wedding,manicure set,  flip flops for the reception, and I made each of them a set of plates and glasses. I really love monogramming, so I gave them 2 plates, and 2 wine glasses with their initial!


Aaron gave his men pocket watches. They are from years and years ago, and everyone loved them! It shocked me but I was thrilled they were so into them.


Aaron and I gave both of our mom’s a make up organizer with their names monogrammed on. I also gave my mom a pearl bracelet with the infinity sign on it.


I gave my dad a frame that said Dad & me to be filled with a picture from the wedding, and cufflinks. One said “Father of the Bride” and the other said “I loved her first.” I loved them!


I made Aaron’s parents this sign as a gift from me. Aaron gave my parent’s mugs that he drew and wrote on, and put in the oven to set. They turned out really cool, but I forgot a picture. Aaron gave his mom a hankercheif that had a saying on it (note: she is always crying! She cries for happy, and sad, so this was perfect for the wedding day!) Aaron’s dad’s gift didn’t show up in time, but it was personalized guitar picks!


It was such a perfect way to spend the night before my wedding. Look for wedding posts next!
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  1. You and Aaron are going to have some good lookin babes one day 😉 Hope you’re doing well! Haven’t meant to be MIA for so long!
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    • Fit N Cookies says:

      Haha i sure hope so! I completely understand! You’ve been quite the busy lady but I hope you are having a blast 🙂

  2. Aw, sounds like such a great time! This brought back memories of my wedding rehearsal! 🙂 I love your ideas for the bridal party gifts!
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  3. SO exciting and SO fun! I’m having a blast recapping our wedding this week too – great memories!
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  4. I love all the gift ideas! It’s fun to share the love with everyone 🙂 Side note, I LOVE YOUR DRESS! Seriously. I want your wardrobe. Your clothes are all absolutely perfect!
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  5. this makes me so excited for my own rehearsal dinners. i absolutely love rehearsal dinners and loved reading about yours! the gifts were amazing 😉
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  6. I loved this post!! I can’t wait for the wedding pictures!!! Love that you gave everyone gifts, that’s super sweet of you guys 🙂
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  7. YAY! I cannot wait to see it all!!!

    I love that you gave your parents and in-laws such nice gifts. You are too nice! I really wanted to do something nice for my in-laws since they basically did half our wedding for us at their place, but I was so frazzled with wedding stuff at the time, the thought didn’t really cross my mind. Oops!

    P.S. Loving the short hair too! I think I have to go that route myself.
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    • Fit N Cookies says:

      Technically we were both in charge of gifts for our own parents, but it was something I saw and wanted to do 🙂 I always love seeing what others give so I wanted to share

  8. Absolutely stunning pictures! Can’t wait to see the rest 🙂 LOVE the monogram gifts… So thoughtful and creative! Monogramming really personalizes the gifts.
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  9. My wedding is 5 months away and this has me so excited for it all! Can’t wait for the wedding posts 🙂
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  10. Fun recap – love your dress!! Can’t wait to see pics of the big day. 🙂

  11. Where did you have your rehearsal dinner? It looks so similar to the restaurant where I had mine!
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