(Closed) Does EVERYONE really need to attend the rehearsal?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
986 posts
Busy bee

I can’t speak from experience, but I feel like this sort of happens at destination weddings. And nothing will compare to the real deal, real day – so it’s not like it will take away any of the special feelings of the next day. I know at most rehearsals, people kind of skim over things. So instead of going through the ceremony, it would be like “okay rehearsal here, you say I do, kiss the bride” etc. 

I think you’ll be good to go! 🙂 

Post # 4
1890 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

For non-destination weddings, the rehearsal/rehearsal dinner usually includes the bridal party and out of town guests… so, since everyone at your wedding will be coming from out of town, then I would say your rehearsal dinner should include everyone who is there. 

@Miss Otter:  this is accurate–rehearsals are really just a brief run-through, you won’t do the entire ceremony or anything.  It’s really just another excuse to party and enjoy spending time with the people who travelled to come celebrate your wedding!  It won’t take away from the wedding itself.

Post # 5
46606 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would have only the people directly involved in the ceremony attend the rehearsal itself, then invite the rest of the people to the dessert party. The rehearsal will be more focussed and go faster if there are not children etc as distractions. Besides, you want to surprise someone the next day!

Post # 6
3885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If you want to keep the rehearsal itself small, I’d drop the flower girls and ring bearers because little kids aren’t going to remember what the rehearse anyway; someone’s going to have to give them the signal to do whatever they are supposed to do. Leaving them out means their parents can miss, and just let the MoH know that you planned it that way so her husband could take their kids  to play with the other kids rather than boring them with a rehearsal.

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