(Closed) Traditional Rehearsal Dinner Vs. Extra Hour at the Reception

posted 11 years ago in Parties
  • poll: Traditional Rehearsal Dinner or Extra Hour at the Reception?

    Stick to a traditional dinner at a nice restaurant.

    Are you crazy? Definitely take the extra hour of reception time.

    Ehhh....I dont know.

  • Post # 3
    3165 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @Kitty285: Well, we cut out the Rehearsal Dinner also. We wre going to have it at our new place, but decided that it’d be too late and too much of a hassle. I spent the night at a hotel with some of  my friends and the rehearsal lasted until 8, so it woul dhave been really late and I wanted to actually get some sleep. We decided, instead, to invite anyone that wanted to come to a Host Free Brunch at a restaurant. We had a pretty good show of out of town guests and even some from in the city.

    Post # 4
    2039 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We didn’t have a rehearsal dinner at all. I personally would want way more dancing time than what you currently have in your timeline, so I would definitely go for a extra hour at the reception.

    Post # 5
    1344 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I haven’t had to deal with this… but I can tell you that I would totally take the extra hour for the reception! I’ve been a bridesmaid and I can tell you that the rehearsal dinner was never really that important to me! What I did notice though, was how quickly the wedding night went by and how I wished it could last longer!

    Post # 6
    289 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We are having dinner at a family member’s home for ours. I am excited to have a low key night with the people closest too us rather than another elaborate event. I think it will be nice to relax and not have more pressure of doing it perfectly, or having more to organize. It might be nice to just relax the night before and let you future in laws take care of it.


    Post # 7
    288 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I don’t see why the rehearsal dinner has to be at a restaurant. We’re doing a barbeque at my parents’ house. I think going the relaxed and casual route for the rehearsal dinner is great. At my friend’s wedding last year, we had pizza for the rehearsal dinner. It was so nice to just relax after spending the day working on wedding stuff.

    Post # 8
    289 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I think the rehearsal dinner at home is more personal.  Also with all the stress on you it will be nice to let something go for someone else to take care of.  I would go for the extra hour.  Every wedding I have attended seems like it goes so fast, especially the fun weddings.  Take the extra hour!

    Post # 9
    1958 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Our reception seemed to end so quickly… what I would GIVE for one extra hour!

    Post # 10
    313 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I think that sounds like a great idea. I did not have a real rehearsal dinner, and I did not miss it. I did also have a reception that was exactly one hour longer than yours, and it was the perfect amount of time for dancing!

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