The rehearsal dinner should be a time of joy, with parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins from both sides of this new family tree gathering for the first time. But often it's the most harrowing time in the run-up to a wedding.
Do you have to spend a king's ransom to have a fabulous bar or bat mitzvah for your child? Absolutely not, but remember that not all money-saving tips are created equal. This one -- which I've read in several places -- wins my top prize as the silliest: Have your party on a Monday and you'll get a slightly better price from the caterer.