Here’s the thing: Planning a wedding often means more than, well, planning the actual wedding. For many couples, it involves a weekend’s worth of events—including the rehearsal dinner. In many cases, the rehearsal dinner kicks off the celebrations with friends and family, before the frenzied (but fun!) day of the nuptials begins. Of course, coordinating your actual wedding day takes priority; you should have plenty of options available to book your rehearsal dinner. But if you have a specific vision in mind for your rehearsal dinner, it’s worth it to think ahead. The last thing you want is to wait until the last minute and find that the venues you prefer for your rehearsal dinner are already booked up for private events or parties. Save yourself the stress of a scramble and start looking into your options at least a few months in advance, so you can book and begin to plan things like the rehearsal dinner menu without having to do so hurriedly.