(Closed) do i have to?

posted 8 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

You have to feed people if you’re requiring them to be there. You could do something as simple as a BBQ or pizza party, but you do have to feed them. Traditionally, the groom’s family pays for the rehearsal dinner…is that an option for you?

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@cyndistar3: If you have a wedding rehearsal (i.e. requiring everyone in the wedding to be there and run through the whole thing), you feed them afterward. It’s a way to show hospitality to the people involved–they showed up for an extra wedding-related event, so you return the favor by feeding them.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

For all the ones that I’ve been to, I think that is’ pretty much having the rehearsal for the wedding (e.g where everyone stands, who walks with who etc.) and then feeding the people who showed up.

The last one I went to lasted about an hour for the rehearsal, and then we ordered pizza, ate and went home. It’s actually the only “party” I plan to have.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

No you don’t have to but it is basically a dinner that follows the wedding rehearsal.  After you’re done telling your wedding party the particulars of the ceremony it is customary to thank everyone that’s helped with the wedding planning and give your wedding party their thank you gifts.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper

@cyndistar3:

The rehearsal dinner was to do just that-so that those in the wedding party knew what they were supposed to do-and when.  Traditionally it has been just the bride, groom, the wedding party and the parents of the bride and groom.  And the groom’s dad was traditionally the one who paid for the rehearsal dinner.  Hopefully your future father-in-law will be the one who will pick up the tab.  It is nice after all your planning and work toward the wedding to have the night before the wedding be an easy-going, relaxing one.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@cyndistar3: From my experience, it’s generally the day before the wedding, if possible.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

If your asking your bridal party to participate in a wedding rehearsal then you really should feed them. All of the rehearsal dinners that I have been to have been semi-formal affairs but they certainly don’t have to be. You could order pizzas or get a few sub platters and have everyone over to your home. It can be done for very cheap. 

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

@cyndistar3: The wedding rehearsal/rehearsal dinner is typically done the night before the wedding. 

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