(Closed) Rehearsal dinner, did you have alcohol?

posted 6 years ago in Parties
Post # 16
788 posts
Busy bee

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hollysmith92:  Not married…but I don’t think I will end up drinking the night before my wedding!

Post # 17
49 posts

I dont think that the rehearsal dinner needs alcohol like mentioned in prior post who wants to be hung over for the wedding……

Post # 18
914 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

We didn'[t have any and there were no complaints.

Post # 19
944 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We had alcohol available at ours. My ILs paid for everyone’s food but if they wanted alcohol, they had to purchase their own drinks. A little odd and not my choice, but they paid for it and I couldn’t complain. Everyone purchased at least one drink, I bought a couple. It’s not necessary, by any means. 

Post # 20
1257 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We had ours at a seafood restaurant and it was open bar and many toasts were given. I don’t think it’s mandatory in any way though. 

Post # 21
3470 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

We didn’t have alcohol at our’s, and I don’t think anyone noticed it. 

Post # 22
1754 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’m not currently planning to serve alcohol at mine – people should be able to go an hour or two without a drink, there’s a big celebration the next day anyway, and my wedding ceremony is in the morning the next day.

The most recent rehearsal dinner I went to didn’t have alcohol and it was totally fine.

Post # 23
80 posts
Worker bee

Ours is at a brewery so there will definitely be alcohol, haha. We’re only providing beer and wine though.

Post # 25
1650 posts
Bumble bee

We will be at a resturant providing dinner and soft bevs, they are on their own with the alcohol.  

Post # 26
1141 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Drinking the night before the wedding is such a bad idea anyway. I do hair, and if there was one lesson I learned from Brides and their BMs having to get up multiple times during their service to go throw up, and cold sweating through all of their professionally applied makeup, it’s do not drink before your wedding. Obviously some people have better self control than these ladies, but many people view the rehearsal dinner as an all-you-can-drink party. 


i dont believe alcohol is a requirement at the rehearsal, and honestly I think it’s a bad idea if your rehearsal is the night before your wedding.

Post # 27
8434 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Yes, we had alcohol at all of our wedding events (rehearsal dinner, reception, thank you brunch), but my guests like to drink.  I think it really depends on your crowd.

Post # 28
3723 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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hollysmith92:  We had open bar. However, alcohol doesn’t make a Rehearsal Dinner. It’s just one dinner after all. People can have a night cap at a bar afterwards.

Post # 29
1212 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We are having ours at a restaurant that serves alcohol, but we won’t be purchasing it. If someone wants a drink, they can start their own tab. Everyone knows this and I haven’t had any complaints. I don’t think alcohol at the rehersal dinner is a big deal. We will have plenty of fun at the reception.

Post # 30
894 posts
Busy bee

We doing ours at a winery. So yes, definitely it will include alcohol.

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