Did you rehearse before "rehearsal dinner"?

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
1762 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We’re having a small destination wedding and our guest list is roughly 24 guests.  We aren’t having any attendents, but will be having a rehearsal sometime the day before the wedding in either the early morning or afternoon.  A rehearsal is nice in terms of making any adjustments and getting a feel for the terrain you’re going to be walking on.  Usually your venue’s wedding coordinator can make suggestions about this.

Later that night we’re hosting a welcome dinner.  It’s going to be Italian food because it’s something most people enjoy.  We’ll dress up but we’re keeping it casual so that if guests have had a rough flight, lose bags or arrive just at dinner, that they can wear jeans or khackis for it.  We plan to select some inexpensive decor hopefully under $100 – the venue provides table linens as part of their dinner package.

Welcome dinners should be more relaxed and casual in my opinion because people will be tired from traveling and also, you want to take care not to upstage your wedding the next day!

Our wedding venue has private dining rooms for small events and the closest restaurant that foot the bill, was half an hour from the country inn that’s hosting the weekend.  We didn’t want to shell out lots of money for a shuttle and figured that after a day of travelling, people wouldn’t wish to take a long ride in a shuttle bus.

Post # 5
278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We had a rehearsal and it was SO worth it, lol. We would have been totally lost if we didn’t!

Plus it helped us pinpoint the *exact* location of where we were having the ceremony. We scooted it back into the shade a little for our guests.

Post # 6
3806 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@WYAtocha:  i just finished sending out invitations to the wedding party and to our parents for the rehearsal dinner. we are having our rehearsal first and then we’re going to dinner. the rehearsal shouldn’t take long since i have a very small wedding party. 

Post # 8
278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@WYAtocha:  Good idea! Our location was steps from the beach but on grass. I think everyone would have been miserable if we didn’t move the ceremony back about 15 feet or so.

Post # 9
8387 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

We had a welcome dinner because we didn’t feel the need for a rehearsal (our ceremony was short and straight forward), plus we all of our guests from the wedding to attend dinner the night before.

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