For most of us busy brides out there, planning a wedding can be a stressful time. Between finding the perfect photographer, picking out centerpieces and revising your guest list four thousand times the rehearsal dinner plans can often fall to the wayside. Use some of these tips to pick the right restaurant (or other venue) for your rehearsal dinner.

The first thing you should consider when choosing a site for your rehearsal dinner is style. Do you want to have a laid back casual dinner or would you rather have a more formal affair? In most cases the formality of your rehearsal dinner should align with the formality of your actual wedding. The Knot provides some good rules of thumb for planning a rehearsal dinner. The dinner is a more intimate setting to get to connect with close family and out of town guests, so make sure you chose a venue that will allow you to do this. For example, if you are inviting older guests to your dinner, holding it at a venue that is very loud may not be a good idea.

Just like everything else in your wedding, knowing your budget for your rehearsal dinner is important. Traditionally the groom’s family is in charge of footing the bill for this. If you plan on following tradition, talk to the groom’s family and come up with a plan you all feel comfortable with. If you are among the lucky few that have little to no budget constraints you may want to check out country clubs, hotel dining rooms or any mid-upscale restaurant near your wedding venue. If you are hoping to spend a more modest amount on the rehearsal dinner do not fear! You can put together a great evening without breaking the bank. Smaller family owned restaurants are often times willing to work with you and customize the menu to fit your needs. You also don’t need to feel pressured to make it a full on dinner. In this case h’orderves and drinks will be more than enough to serve the purpose of the rehearsal “dinner.”

Breaking tradition can also be a fun way to host a rehearsal “dinner” by doing a brunch, barbecue or brewery tour. Consider using the assets you already have and love to show people a good time before the wedding and spend time with your valued guests. If you or someone close to you has a great backyard or apartment rooftop don’t be afraid to use it. Sydney Latimer at The Huffington Post shared how she turned her rehearsal dinner into a family style meal cooked by her own bridal party. This is a great way to host a fun dinner in a more laid back setting and you won’t have to worry about spending an arm and a leg.

No matter what you chose for your rehearsal dinner don’t forget what it is all for. Soak up some quality time with the people closest to you and to thank them for being a part of your special day.