Post # 1
Due to venue restrictions, we aren’t able to have our Rehearsal Dinner the Friday before our wedding, like I always invisioned. We are having it the Thursday before.. the idea is starting to grow on me..
Did you have your Rehearsal Dinner a different day besides the day before the wedding. How was it, did you like doing it that way? Would you of preffered it to be the day before? Help ease my woes.
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 # 13
We only have 3 bridal party members who are Out of Town, and they’re only 45-60 mins away, so I don’t think they’ll have a problem making it, and if they do, we totally understand and we’ll just fill them in the day of, it’s not rocket science and they’ve all be in weddings.. they would be fine missing it–even though we don’t want to them to, we want them there!
I was thinking along the same lines as you all, that gives us all Friday to just relax and take it all in. Everything has to be at the venue 72 hours before, so we won’t have anything else to deal with.. just spend time with family & friends, get my nails done 🙂
Thanks everyone, you made me feel a little more at ease with this change in our plans.
Post # 14
- 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
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
Sorry, I meant Thursday** and our wedding was Saturday**