When & where did your bridal party rehearse?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
958 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014


SparkleBee11:  I think it’s pretty standard to expect 2 locations for rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.  My venue scheduled a rehearsal as part of the contract but they don’t provide dinner.  We have to travel (15-20 minutes) to the restaurant when we’re done.

Post # 3
1336 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

SparkleBee11:  Nope!! Those are standard practices in any wedding I have been in.  Our rehearsal is at 5pm at the Church (I said 445pm on the invitation to ensure timliness).  Our dinner is at 6:15pm, about 20 minutes away.  It is what it is, and most expect it, I think 🙂

Post # 4
3281 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Yeah that’s how it’s always done. Rehersal at the church then dinner at a restaurant. That’s why it’s called a rehearsal. Unless you were getting married at a restaurant it doesn’t make sense to have it in the same place! You don’t need 1.5 hours though. 30 minutes tops. 

Post # 5
6018 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

If the venue suggests there could be a timing problem, then yes do the practice.  The wedding party can be a little late to the rehersal dinner.  We did a 5 minute walk thru in my drive way, everyone in our wedding party has been in a wedding or had been married.  So it was just figuring out who walked with who.

Post # 6
7055 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

It’s pretty standard to hold the rehearsal and the dinner at two separate places. Every wedding I have been in did this. Since it looks like the day before your wedding is a Friday I would check with them to see if they can leave work to practice. If not, is it possible to push the dinner back?

Post # 7
1723 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014


SparkleBee11:  I don’t think it’s asking too much at all. We are doing the same thing.  We will be meeting at the venue at 5:30 for the rehearsal, and then its a 15 min drive to the rehearsal dinner at 7.

Post # 8
45132 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

SparkleBee11:  It is normal to have the rehearsal followed by the rehearsal dinner. That’s part of the reason you are having the rehearsal dinner- to thank the wedding party for their time.

Post # 9
2810 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

ours will be the day before the wedding. we’re doing a rehearsal lunch, because the ceremony venue is booked for a wedding until 6:00pm that day. we’ll do a late lunch, then do the rehearsal after the space is free to use.

we’re still trying to figure out where to do the lunch. i’ve got a list of options to give FMIL.

Post # 10
583 posts
Busy bee

We didn’t rehearse at all, we just had the dinner. I really wish we had done a rehearsal though, because I was really nervous the morning of the wedding and things were chaotic for a brief moment while we all figured out what we were supposed to do. Mind you, it turned out perfectly fine with no rehearsal, but I would have liked the peace of mind.

Post # 11
773 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We rehearsed in my driveway the night before, after having mexican food. Definitely do a rehearsal, it took us 4 times as long as I thought it would. The process of everyone negotiating who got to stand next to who was insane. 

Post # 12
16 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Private Residence

You’re right on track. We’re having our rehersal at 1 pm in the afternoon, very low key just the absolutely nessecary people in attendance and rehersal dinner at 5:30 at a totally different location with an extended guest list.

Post # 13
1672 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

SparkleBee11:  We are having a late rehearsal because of out of town guests (7 p.m. at the Church) and then a BBQ after at my parent’s place. There is nothing that says that all your rehearsal dinner guests need to attend your actual rehearsal. Perhaps move your dinner back to 6 p.m. or later to give time. I will have people over at our place before the rehearsal for snacks. My parents are around 30 minutes from the ceremony location, but we are only around 15 minutes.

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