Post # 1
what is a rehersal dinner for, now we brits usually do a rehersal of the ceremony, so that everyone in the wedding party knows what to do when and where to stand e.t.c. is this the same thing that happens in a rehersal dinner and you just eat together afterwards. i know … stupid question but i read so many posts about them i just thought i’d ask. my fi comment on this was ‘why do someone need to practice eating’, lol….
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia
Well, I’m from WAY BELOW THE POND but thought I’d chime in here…
When you do your ceremony rehearsal, we just took everyone in our bridal party & family members out for a nice dinner somewhere. It was a time to say THANKS before the wedding, and we also just shouted them their pressies here, too. 🙂
Post # 4
Exactly. You rehearse the ceremony and then eat dinner together. It’s also normally when you give gifts to the wedding party to thank them for all that they’ve done.
You sometimes invite anyone from out of town who is coming to the wedding. It gives them a chance to hang out with people before the real festivities begin.
I hope that helps! I’m actually kind of surprised that so many British bees don’t know what rehearsal dinners are. I was a bridesmaid at a wedding last fall for an American bride and a British groom. I hung out a fair amount with the groom’s family at the rehearsal dinner, and not one of them mentioned anything about the rehearsal dinner being new to them! Crazy.
Post # 5
We’re having a dinner the night before, but it’s not really a “rehearsal dinner” as we’re not paying everyone’s way. We’ll make that clear to anyone who wants to come and we might pay for the bridal party but it’s optional.
It’s just not part of the British wedding tradition.
Post # 6
@GreenEyedMoon: i supose in a way because we normally have a wedding breakfast (sit down meal) on the day as well as an evening reception it would perhaps be to much to have a rehersal dinner too. the only reason i’m rehersing at all is for the kids sake, it must be daunting for them not to know what they are doing.
Post # 7
@stokieGal:We had our chuch rehearsal the night before then my Mum did dinner for everyone in the main bridal party. As like you I’d read it on here, it made me smile that I was doing something similar to my fellow US bees.