Do parents and grandparents attend the rehearsal?

posted 2 years ago in Parties
Post # 2
2798 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I think it depends on your grandparent/parents.  We had our parents there, but they contributed a lot to our wedding, and his parents paid for the rehersal dinner.  I think if I still had a grandparent that could be there, I would want them there, just because it would be special to me.  If they had mobility issues, though, I wouldn’t press the issue.  I would still want them at the rehersal dinner.

Post # 3
585 posts
Busy bee

sunflower22:  I would say anyone who walks down the isle would need to come. BUT, I am a control freak and knowing my family they would not know what the heck to do 5 minutes before walking in and totally screw everything up and I would be furious. lolll (I say that because my family is extremely casual and thinks any kind of wedding thing is silly. They would probably talk the whole way down asking eachother what to do..)

We are also having the rehearsal dinner shortly after, so we will be driving together.

Post # 4
2791 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

I don’t think they need to be there but I think most of them might want to be there? I’d leave that option up to them. <br /><br />

Our parents will be at ours for sure. I hadn’t really thought about the grandparents. If we have room and they want to come then they will be welcome to. (our dinner will be at the location and in their small room so limited to 30 people).

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Post # 5
322 posts
Helper bee

I think traditionally siblings/parents/grandparents attend, but I have been a bridesmaid in one wedding where only bridesmaids and groomsmen were there. I would think that if the parents are paying for it, they definitely get to come.

Post # 6
2704 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

sunflower22:  It depends on how close your family is I think, emotionally and distance wise. My grandparents will be there, but I have a VERY close knit family, and both sets live within 5 minutes of the church. My one set of granparents literally live next door to the restaurant we’re having the dinner in, haha… small town.


Post # 7
1532 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We had parents but no grandparents. The only grandparents left are grandmothers, so they were all going to be escorted down the aisle. The escorts were at the rehearsal, but we didn’t see the need to make the grandmothers sit through the whole rehearsal process. Better for them to stay at home.

I’m sure most of the parents are perfectly capable of walking down an aisle without rehearsaing, but if your dad is escorting you, he should be at the rehearsal.

Post # 8
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

sunflower22:  I had our parents come, but grandparents no. They walked in before everyone else and had no role so we didn’t have them come. The less people the better. Parents we did because DH was escroting his mom, and my dad was escorting me.

Post # 10
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014


sunflower22:  I’m unsure on etiquette or tradition, but our parents and grandparents will be there. Just do what you feel is best.

Post # 11
4964 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

sunflower22:  Our grandparents did not come (but came to rehearsal dinner). They all succeeded in walking successful in a straight line down the aisle so I think it’s totally fine if theyre not there! Half our bridal party didn’t even come and there were no mistakes. 

Post # 12
2117 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

sunflower22:  FI’s parents didn’t go to their son’s rehearsal (FI’s brother) and the bride’s parents did, so then they ended up feeling really stupid (and they should have gone, as they did have a small role in the ceremony). Whatever you decide, make sure everyone knows the expectation.

We plan on having parents and grandparents, since everyone is coming from out of town (except one of my grandmothers) and the rehearsal dinner is right after.

Post # 13
395 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Sunset Hills Country Club

My parets and grandparents were at the rehersal and rehearsal dinner, which I’m glad they came to the rehearsal because my grandfather couldn’t make it to the wedding. It’s not because he didn’t want to, he was in the shower the morning of the wedding and fell and at 90 years old, you don’t heal as quickly. My DH’s parents and grandparents were at the rehearsal, but his grandfather didn’t go to the dinner, his grandmother did.


Post # 14
559 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

My and FI’s parents will be at ours and his grandparents will likely be there as well. I personally wouldn’t feel right having it any other way. 

Here is what MY question would be: Do members of the bridal party bring spouses/SOs? 

Post # 15
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

sunflower22:  My rehearsal consisted of both sets of parents (minus my mom which I walked her through it right before the wedding because she had to work the night before the wedding), bridal party and their significant others. My grandparents live about an hour away from our venue and really they didn’t have a role in walking down the aisle so there was no need for someone to drive them back and forth (as my grandparents aren’t comfortable driving to the city). I believe in totally we had 19 people ( 14 bridal party including my husband and I, his 2 parents, my dad and 2 significant others of the wedding party members). That was big enough group for the space we used at a local restuarant! 


ETA: Sorry I reread your question. Yes everyone who is walking down the aisle should be there. The only person who wasn’t at mine was my mom but really the moms signified that the ceremony was about to start so no big deal as I just told her what she was doing and who she was walking with when she came to my suite before the wedding. Everyone who attended rehearsal also attended the dinner 🙂 If your grandparents aren’t walking down the aisle, than no they don’t need to be there! 

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