(Closed) Rehearsal Dinner

posted 5 years ago in Family
Post # 3
Member
1297 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Hello and welcome to the hive!

Does it matter one way or another to you if your family doesn’t go to the rehearsal dinner? I think it’s okay to strongly encourage them to go if it’s important to you, but not just to make your future in-laws happy. Depending on the schedule of the dinner, perhaps your family can come do some meeting and greeting at the dinner before going home.

Post # 4
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45408 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Traditionally, the rehearsal dinner was an opportunity to thank the wedding party for their support and assistance, BUT, it was also a chance for both families to get together and ensure that everyone had met everyone else before the wedding.

If I were the IL’s, I would feel a bit slighted if your family did not attend. I would ask them to attend the dinner, but make it clear that they are not obligated to stay for the socializing that the “reunion” implies will be happening with FI’s family.

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