(Closed) Catholic Brides- When are you having the rehearsal dinner?

posted 8 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

We are having ours on Thursday, my 2 brothers and sister did the same thing so they could rest the day before. It is not uncommon, at least in my experience as a Catholic and a participant in Catholic ceremonies.

We are waiting to see each other after the rehersal until I walk down the aisle, we both think its more romantic ๐Ÿ™‚

When it comes to the questions, I know it can be frustrating, but try to relax, at least they are involved ๐Ÿ™‚ that is a wonderful thing. Just tell them “I haven’t figured that out yet”.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

After spending time on this board, I was also under the impression that a rehearsal dinner ‘should’ be on the Friday.  However my parents were shocked by that idea, and said their rehearsal was on Wednesday.  Our priest also suggested Thursday.  So I guess we are doing Thursday!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Mine is the night before (Friday night rehearsal, Saturday morning wedding).  I’ve heard more cases of doing the rehearsal the day OF, not two days ahead.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

This isn’t really a Catholic issue (there’s no Catholic rule or requirement), it’s a church specific issue when they have their rehearsals and it varies (just like any protestant church).

If there are two Saturday weedings, there will probably be two Friday rehearsals (one at 5pm and one at 6pm, for example).

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

I’m with you, never heard of a Thursday rehersal, even with Catholic weddings. I would suggest talking to your priest as he may want to do both rehersals n one day or seperate them. We had a Catholic wedding with a Friday rehersal and rehersal dinner. We did a lot of last minute things Friday morning and got to the rehersal early to decorate the church for the next day (something you can’t do on Thursday).

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve never heard of thursday rehearsals. We had ours Friday night. We also had a lot of family from out of town, so we wanted to make sure they got dinner after traveling all day… 

ETA: 4 of my bridesmaids didn’t get in until Friday either… so there really was no way to do it Thursday.. 

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

i think it depends on the church – we can only do ours on friday ๐Ÿ™

my Future Sister-In-Law (also catholic wedding) had hers on a thursday and it was sooo much more convenient. plus we got to hang out with family and have a good time and not worry about having to get home to finish last minute projects and getting up and running around the day of the wedding. i even asked our chruch about thursdays and they said no.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Our Mass is at 5:30 on Saturday and our rehearsal is at 6:00 on Friday night.  In our area, Friday is standard unless there is another wedding at the church on that Friday night.  Then they bump the Saturday wedding’s rehearsal to Thurs and Friday’s to Weds.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I would love to have ours Thursday night. It wouldn’t seem as rushed. But we are having our ceremony at a public, popular site so we have no choice but to have it Friday night. I don’t have a choice! I just hope no one in our bridal party drinks too much to have a hangover the next day!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think it just depends on the venue and when people are available, 1-3 days ahead is the standard and most people seem to do one of these depending on what suits their circumstances best.

Personally I think having the night before the wedding ‘free’ to do whatever or just relax sounds great, I’d have my rehersal on the Thursday (if I was having one).

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Getting married tomorrow (Fri) and we had our rehearsal last night (Wed).  I liked the idea of a fun night and then relaxing the night before the wedding. 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Mine will be Friday, mainly because most of my bridal party has to travel and our priest didn’t seem to care.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

@toile234: At larger churches, the priest might not even show up for the rehearsal.  There’s usually a wedding guild lady that walks you through the ceremony, where to stand, where to sit, how to use the lecturn, etc.

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