Hi @JABride0000: first and foremost, I see this is your DEBUT POST here on WBee, so a Big Welcome to “the Hive”
Etiquette Snob here… lol (aka in a down to earth sort of way)
Ok that is strange. But then people seem to be out of touch these days on what is and isn’t the norm / appropriate (Forwarding an Invite / Details of an “occasion” to someone else is not cool)
I am not 100% sure how you can pre-empt this before it actually happens.
Rehearsals are meant ONLY for the Bridal Party because it is a “down to business” meeting for them…
If you had a business meeting at work to go to… no one would forward the email to others to “tag along”
This is a really odd situation for me, in so much as I’ve not seen it before
And I GET WHY a Bride might not want the whole world at the Rehearsal… afterall you want to be able to concentrate on “the business at hand” as well keep some things about your Ceremony under wraps (such as the choice of music, soloist… whatever)
At this point I see it as you having two choices…
1- Send out an email to your Bridal Party and tell them that you’ve heard from others that they will be “dropping by / tagging along” to the Rehearsal. And then make it clear to the Bridal Party that this is not appropriate… and if anyone has forwarded the details of the Rehearal onto others that they need to contact those folks and let them know… that the Rehearsal is for Bridal Party Members ONLY
But because this could sound a bit Bridezilla (even when I type it) your best bet might be this…
2- Pick someone who knows all “the players” in the Bridal Party, and have them act as your Doorman / Bouncer at the Ceremony Site… only admitting Members of the Bridal Party and those required to conduct the Rehearsal (and their SOs… as often it is ok for SOs to tag along as they may be depending on transportation from their sweetie … those can be your “fake” audience if you feel you need an audience).
Everyone else and the Doorman should be saying… “Sorry folks, but this is a CLOSED Rehearsal as per the request of the couple. I’m sure you’ll be thrilled by the beauty of it all tomorrow at the actual Ceremony”
Gosh… who would have thought this could be a thing (Social Networking continually amazes me on how people seem to think more and more that everything is open to one and all… as if the world is now a flashmob event)
Hope this helps,