Post # 1
I am getting married on a Saturday in June. The venue I am getting married at believes they will most likely book a Friday wedding the day before mine so they are recommending that I do my rehearsal on Thursday evening. This poses a problem because ALL of the groomsmen and my FI’s side of the family will have to fly in from out of town. I don’t want to make people take off an extra day at work or pay for an extra day at a hotel…so, we were thinking of trying to do a:
Friday morning/afternoon rehearsal (which may still require them to fly in a bit earlier than they normally would)
2. Saturday morning rehearsal (but I’m worried it would make the day THAT much more hectic).
The main reason I am so concerned with having a rehearsal AT our venue is because we are doing a different seating arrangement and we will need to make sure everyone knows where to enter/stand/go for readings.
What would you bees do?
Post # 3
I think that the best option would be to do it Friday morning/early afternoon. I think that Thursday would be a big pain for those attending and having it Saturday morning would = stress, stress, and more stress!!!
If you are not wanting to see your Fiance before the wedding, this would kind of blow that plan if you had the rehearsal on Saturday too 🙂
Post # 4
I would definitely do friday mourning, if that is an option for you. Doing it Thursday brings a lot of extra expense!
Post # 5
I’d do it early afternoon on Friday. Fiance was just in a wedding and they had the rehearsal on Friday afternoon then dinner later on.
Definitely don’t do a Saturday morning. Ahh! I would be so crazed.
Post # 6
If you absolutely have to use the venue for the rehearsal, I would totally do it Friday AM because the other wedding might need the venue to start decorating on Friday afternoon.
Post # 7
I still can’t decide on this!! Help Bees!!!
Post # 8
We had a Sunday wedding, and there was a wedding at our venue on the night before. Our rehearsal was at 10:30 or 11 am on Saturday, which worked out great. I’d recommend doing the Friday morning rehearsal since a lot of the wedding party is coming in from out of town.
Post # 9
@Erin, you don’t think it’d be too much to ask them to fly in that early? That is what I am worried about!
Post # 10
do it friday morning, and have a massive after party event like an outing. that will make it worth flying early!!!!
Post # 11
Do not do it on Saturday morning. You will have a million things to do! I vote for Thursday evening (I had out of town bridal party and it was not a drag or expensive for them) or do it on Friday am.
Post # 12
Hi. My honest opinion is forget the rehearsal. Chances are at least someone has been in a wedding before and will know what to do. Ask the venue if there will be ‘someone’ there who will be in charge of the line up the day of the wedding. If so, let this person direct the wedding party traffic.
Plan who will walk with whom, and let everyone know what’s what.
You can practice walking down your living room with whomever is giving you away.
It’s not that big of a deal really. Honest. Go ahead and have a rehearsal dinner party anyway; but call it “The Night Before”. You can have your Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid or Best Man get up and say who will walk with whom. Give the Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid or Best Man a copy of the line up; and enjoy the evening.
I would NOT let the venue dictate when I should have a rehearsal based on their availability. I went to a rehearsal two days before the wedding in the morning. Half the wedding party who lived in the area didn’t show up; the other half lived out of town. It was a wasted effort on everyone’s part, except the venue who charged for the privilege.
Let us know what happens! Best of luck. Really, don’t stress over this. You can do it ‘in house’ amongst your trusted attendants.