(Closed) Is a rehearsal dinner necessary?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

We didn’t have a rehearsal or a Rehearsal Dinner dinner. Can you make the rehearsal time in the morning so that everyone can enjoy the day? I would only expect dinner if the rehearsal was right before or during dinner time. Same thing for lunch or anyother meal time. A quick non meal time rehearsal I wouldn;t expect anything!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

we are doing one just to have a nice dinner with everyone -before the craziness of the wedding happens plus we will be giving gifts for bridal party,pastor and musician and parents . i kind of think its necessary because the reception is when bride and groom will be mingling with other guests and this is their time with closest friends and family

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m not having a rehearsal since our Destination Wedding wedding is so small, don’t really need one. So no rehearsal dinner.

 

We are just gonna take our parents and siblings for an early dinner and then meet up with our friends later on for drinks.  That way we have a chance to spend time with everyone before the weddign.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I don’t think a rehearsal dinner is necessary. But, I do like the idea of a rehearsal MEAL earlier in the day.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper

@MadameTussaud:  Also there are so many things to do in Vegas that an early in the day rehearsal would probably suit people better (say 10am time to wake up from the night before lol). A lot of our guests at our Vegas Destination Wedding took in shows and concerts etc.  The night before the wedding i went to see Jersey Boys with my mum!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m not having one, I think people don’t do them so much in Australia as I’ve never been to one before.

My sister had a rehersal at her church and then afterward we went out for some drinks altogether, but that’s as close as it gets!

We aren’t even having an engagement party!

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

we didn’t have one.  we barely had a rehearsal.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i’m not really having one. we’ll probably just order some pizzas to take home for anyone who wants to come over for a little pizza party 🙂

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We had our wedding rehearsal and told the various parties that if they were keen, they could join us to grab dinner at the burger joint across the road. We made it very casual, and most rehearsal dinners I know of over here have been very casual. I think as long as you are clear in your expectations, people will be fine 🙂

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I am not having one…it’s not done where i’m from.

 

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper

@aussiebee:  You are correct they are very rare in Australia- well rehearsals are rare but a rehearsal dinner is pretty much unheard of!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

@MadameTussaud:  If you are requiring people to come out and rehearse, then yes you must provide them with some form of snack and drink.  If you are having it over a typical meal time, then you are required to host that meal.  But it doesn’t have to be anything fancy.  It could be ordering pizza.  If certain people can’t/don’t want to make the meal portion, they are free to decline your invitation.

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