(Closed) Rehearsal dinner date falls on Halloween– ideas?

posted 6 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Not sure from your post, but is your wedding party all from out of town? If not, could you hold you rehearsal dinner another night? Your Out of Town guests do not have to be invited to the rehearsal dinner, but if you’re looking for something else to do with them, a day after brunch is always appreciated.

I wouldn’t be too keen on packing a costume, either.


Post # 4
12245 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Have a Halloween candy table! (Like a dessert table, but with Halloween candy)!

Post # 5
9134 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@305Bride:  If you’re done by 9 then your guests should be able to avoid the more controversial partiers.  And the ones that want to party will have plenty of time to go out.  Check with your rehearsal dinner site to see if they decorate for Halloween.  If they do then maybe theme your colors to complement the Halloween decor but you don’t have to have Halloween themed dinner.  If they don’t then decorate however you wish.  If some of your guests want to celebrate Halloween then they can go out on the town after the rehearsal dinner and enjoy.

Post # 8
1646 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

@305Bride:  I think if you finish before 9 then that would be fine. Are there any kids in your wedding party? Maybe you could offer a compromise and let the kids come in costume if they want to.

I absolutely love Halloween. Having the option to dress in costume would be fun, but I probably wouldn’t do it for someone’s wedding related activities (unless everyone was going to; Bride and Groom included).

Post # 9
1979 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@305Bride:  We really wanted to get married on November 1, but this was one reason why we didn’t.  I think an overly Halloween rehearsal dinner with costumes would be really cheesy (no offense to your fiance).  I would treat it as any other rehearsal dinner and not incorporate Halloween into it.  Since feeding everyone at a restaurant is pricey, is there someone’s house you could have the rehearsal dinner?  A friend of mine had a traveling taco man do tacos for everyone at her uncle’s house (which was near the wedding venue).  It was WAAAY cheaper, fun for the guests, and then you wouldn’t have to worry about being somewhere where everyone is celebrating Halloween.  For my wedding, no one lives close by, but we are looking into renting a house as a vacation rental for my family (instead of a bunch of hotel rooms) and I’m thinking about doing a barbeque.

Post # 10
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I actually just decided to change our date from the 1st to the 8th for this reason! I also love, LOVE Halloween, which was why I picked the first to begin with…but after thinking about it, I just didn’t want to be stressing out about the wedding on my favorite holiday. Plus, we have quite a few kids in the wedding, and I didn’t want to take some of Halloween night away from them. 


BUT! If we would have kept the 1st as our date, we totally would have made the rehearsal dinner a big costume party! I think that would be so much fun! 

Post # 11
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

@305Bride:  I would keep the rehearsal dinner just to wedding party/immediate family. You don’t need to provide three meals for your guests- it can really add up.

I like the idea of the candy bar at the Rehearsal Dinner.

Post # 12
892 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Our wedding is going to be ON Halloween and we are absolutely NOT incorporating costumes and orange&black into it. It is just another (very special) day. I say just go wherever you want to go, PP mentioned that by the time you are done with the dinner the craziness will just barely be getting started. I wouldn’t stress too much about it. If kids are coming in from out of town, what Halloween plans could they have anyway?

Post # 13
2874 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

i wouldnt incorporate it into the rehearsal dinner, id just treat it like a normal night

Post # 14
47287 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You most certainly do not have to invite all the OOT’s to the rehearsal dinner.Limiting the guest list to immediate family, the wedding party and their SO’s makes it much easier to focus your attention on recognizing the wedding party which, after all, is the purpose of the dinner.

If you use white pumpkins, you could give a nod to Hallowe’en without going anywhere near orange and black.

gold pumpkins also keep it elegant

Post # 15
8575 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

You don’t have to invite everyone.

Maybe you could consider a rehearsal brunch, though? It normally doesn’t get all crazy until trick or treating and bars open up, so maybe if you have it earlier you can avoid all of the drunks/costumers and cops.

If you really aren’t into halloween, I wouldn’t try to force halloween into the theme.

And, your guests [the ones that live nearby] could still enjoy halloween with their families.

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