Post # 1
Our wedding is on a Saturday about an hour and a half away from all of our wedding party. So it’s fairly local but not 5 minutes away. An hour and a half on a week night (Thursday) can turn into 2 hours or more during rush hour traffic. (6 pm-7 pm)
Fiance and I were thinking instead of having people rush over from work Thursday night (friday is not an option for us) We could have it the Saturday before the wedding. Maybe even have an earlier rehearsal dinner. 4 pm or 5 pm.
I’ve heard that it might not be a good idea because people will forget what they rehearsed. I don’t see our wedding party actually forgetting but I’m not sure.
Anyone ever had their rehearsal dinner a week before? Would it be so bad to have it the week before?
Attending would be the wedding party and wedding party spouses, flower girls, parents and officiant (who happens to also be a groomsman)
Post # 3
My daughter had hers the Sunday before and it worked out great for everyone. No one had to take off work early to get there (also an hr. & a half away) and it was much more relaxed. I loved it. My nephew also had his this past Sunday for his (in 2 days) wedding on Saturday.
Post # 4
I would only worry that you may run the risk that not everyone can make it. Since Sat. is a popular day for weddings and other long term engagements, some of your wedding party may already have made plans for the weekend before assuming the rehersal would be 1-2 days prior. Have you considered doing the rehersal the Friday before at a location closer to the wedding party (it sounds like everyone lives in one area and the wedding ia 1.5 hours away)? I just did a rehersal that took place in the bride’s parents’ back yard since the location was booked. It worked fine, rehersals are usually not too complicated. In such a case, I think you could also skip the rehersal and just have a dinner and maybe go over any high level points like how to recess.
Post # 5
@ItWasntMe: Thank you
@slicey19: Skipping the rehearsal and having dinner close by might be a good option.
Post # 6
So long as nobody has prior commitments on that weekend I think it sounds like a great idea!
Post # 7
My bridesmaid just got married on St. Patricks day, and she had hers a week before her real wedding. I didn’t really like the fact i had to drive 2 hours two weekends in a row to her church but it worked for her. So if you have it and its easier for everyone then I would just go for it.
Post # 8
@actingdarling: Thanks for the input from a rehearsal guest perspective