(Closed) Rehearsal dinner NOT the day before the wedding, thoughts?

posted 6 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

i think as long as everyone can be there without much hassle, having it 2 days before will be fine! it might be better because you can spend the night before your wedding relaxing instead of running around coordinating a rehearsal!

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Our wedding was on a Sunday, and also due to venue restrictions, we weren’t able to have our rehearsal on Saturday.  Instead, we did the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner on the Friday prior.  I wasn’t wild about it at first, but in the end, having that extra day to ourselves to just hang out and relax with our bridal party/friends was totally a blessing in disguise!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My sister had hers this way.  I think it worked out great. Gave her time Friday to do last minute details without the stress/schedule of the rehearsal dinner.  I’m actually wishing we did it that way because it seems like a big ‘ol hassle when I still have so much to do the day before.

So I say you lucked out!

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I will have to have a Thursday rehearsal as well, and while I was initially upset (and worried because my bridal party has to fly in to town earlier), it is starting to grow on me as well. The positives are that I will have a whole extra day to see friends or family members I haven’t seen in years, and it will give me a full day to work out last minute DIY/details that I might have missed if I was busy with the rehearsal on Friday.

 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I was in a wedding 2 years ago where the bride had the rehearsal dinner the week before.  The only thing that annoyed me was that since I was in her bridal party, I had to miss the wedding that I had the week before so that I didn’t miss the rehearsal dinner.  But, she hired a band and had it in a private room in a restaurant and made it one big party, so it was fun. 

I’m also Maid/Matron of Honor in a wedding in 2013 and the bride is having the rehearsal dinner the Wed before the wedding.  It’s July 4th on Thur, so I think that’s why she’s not having the dinner then. 

Personally, I think the Rehearsal Dinner should be scheduled at a time you can all go to your church and rehearse (isn’t that what it’s for?  Go to the church, then go to dinner after?).  So, do it however it works for you.  I’ve never been to one literally the day before. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We also had venue restrictions and opted to have our rehearsal the day before, but at a different location.  Is that something you would consider?  Two days before wasn’t an option for us because several of the participants are flying in from out of town.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve heard of a lot of people not doing it the night before the wedding. We were originally going to have it two days before, but because most of my wedding party is from out of state that didn’t work. But as long as everyone is able to easily be there, it’s actually probably less stressful to have it earlier!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

I think it’s fine! I was in a wedding at the begining of the month and our rehearsal was on the Tuesday (the wedding was on that Saturday) and it went well. Everyone remembered what they had to do come the day of the wedding.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

A friend of mine did hers the Thursday before her wedding and it was really cool. Everyone was local, so travelling wasn’t a problem. And everyone had Friday to relax and really enjoy it.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think it’s totally fine as long as your bridal party is all in town!  It’s more relaxing, and you’ve got the whole next day to relax to get geared up for the wedding!

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

You’re right, it’s not rocket science. 🙂 We didn’t even have a rehearsal- our minister took 5 minutes the day of the wedding to review the order, and everything was fine.

We did have the “rehearsal” dinner, which was on a Thursday. Thursday’s great because you have no problem booking a restaurant (we did the week before), and it think it’s great for you- you can take care of any last minute things on Friday, get your nails done, hopefully just have a relaxing day before your wedding.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We did our rehearsal on Friday, and I actually liked it so much better.  It was a lot to put together the gifts etc for the bridal party, and it was nice to have it all done on Thursday, so on Friday, it was my beauty day.  Nails, etc.  It was much more relaxing for me.  As long as your family will be in the area, I think you might like it better.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Sorry, I meant Thursday**  and our wedding was Saturday**

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