Rehearsal dinner–what is the point??

posted 2 years ago in Parties
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

kortizi0:  The night before the wedding we are having the rehearsal and than after that we are having the rehearsal dinner with the bridal party, parents and significant others in the bridal party. The purpose is to have a good time with everyone who attends and a way to say thank you for all the wedding preparations. This is also where I plan to give my wedding party gifts. We aren’t having it at our wedding venue, we are going to a local restaurant for that (making reservations ahead of time). 

Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

kortizi0:  The point is to thank your wedding party for their time and support. It is also sometimes used as an opportunity for both families to meet if they haven’t already done so.

It is at the rehearsal dinner where gifts are often presented to the wedding party and your parents.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

The point is to have a chance to celebrate your wedding with a more intimate group of the people you’re closest to. It offers a chance to formally thank them for their support, present the bridal party with gifts, and serves as the official “kick off” to the main event the following night.

Every wedding I’ve ever been involved with always had one. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Rehearsal dinners generally aren’t held in the wedding venue or reception venue. Many times families will have a small dinner catered or will rent a room at a restaurant. Usually you only invite people who are in the wedding and who have gone through the actual rehearsal. It’s a way to say thank you to your friends and families for their support throughout the wedding process.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I guess the name is confusing! It’s called rehearsal dinner just because the dinner typically follows the wedding rehearsal.<br /><br />In most families, just immediate family (parents, grandparents, siblings) attend, along with the wedding party and their dates. If you can splurge and invite a few more people, some couples have invited aunts/uncles/cousins who have traveled in from out of town (since you’ll have less time to spend with them at the actual wedding) — but inviting anyone outside of immediate family and the bridal party is definitely optional.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

kortizi0:  You don’t rehearse at the dinner itself its called the rehearsal dinner because you have dinner after your rehearsal of the wedding itself usually at the venue. We are doing our bridal party, their significant others and our parents. No extended family. Its meant to be a smaller get together. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Like MrsEdamame: said! It is a more intimate group and it also allows you to have a dinner prepared for your family members/out of town guests who travelled if you choose to include them. Alot of people choose to do toasts in this setting too if you want to just have MOH/Best Man toasts at the actual wedding reception (that’s what we’re doing!) The rehearsal dinner we have is with the bridal party/groomsmen/both families in my backyard after the rehearsal at our venue. At 8 o’clock we invited everyone over for a cocktail party the night before the wedding! Gives us more time to bond with all the guests in a laid back setting and also allows friends to meet and mingle the night before. I’m actually really excited about it! Going to be super rustic with a pig pickin’ and bluegrass band. I think it sets the tempo for the weekend and you wouldn’t regret having one!

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