(Closed) How do rehearsal dinners work?

posted 4 years ago in Parties
Post # 2
4905 posts
Honey bee

You also need to invite the significant others of your wedding party.

It is basically a thank you dinner for taking time out to rehearse for your wedding and participating.  If you aren’t having a rehearsal, then no need for a rehearsal dinner (I assume you are having one, but your post wasnt 100% clear on that and I’ve seen people post before not realizing they didnt need the dinner if there was no rehearsal).  

The only people who need to be invited to the rehearsal dinner are those participating in the rehearsal (and their SOs).  It can be as formal or informal as you like – whether it is pizza and beer in a hotel conference room or a multicourse dinner at a restaurant – just has to be a hosted meal of some sort.  It doesn’t have to have anything else other than the dinner.  However usually whoever is hosting it will give a short toast and typically I’ve received any thank you gifts the bride or groom may be giving to the wedding party that night at the rehearsal dinner (but not always).

Post # 3
47420 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

What she said.

Post # 5
427 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Eh have you considered with an Indian wedding there’s so much other stuff you’ll skip this? So the henna, grooms party, etc you ok with another event? If so, yeah your bridal party and whoever is attending the rehearsal have a meal afterwards. In my case we opened it up and it was like a wedding pre-party at my mom’s the night before since we had some folks come from out of town.

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