(Closed) Wedding rehearsal and dinner? To have or not?

posted 8 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Definitely necessary. You will sleep so much better having run through everything! Plus the rehearsal dinner is just a fun time to be with everyone before all the pomp and circumstance the next day. 

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Post # 4
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6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Hi Sara, I would totally have rehearsal and rehearsal dinner if I were you. Its too bad your Groomsmen isn’t on board though. She doesn’t have to come – or pay for it if that’s her problem. But most churches include it in their costs, mine just asked me what time on Friday I wanted the rehearsal, not if I wanted to have it.

Post # 5
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4001 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think its necessary.  There is not way I’ll be ok with not at least having an idea of what I’m supposed to do and I’m sure our bridal party feels the same way.  Maybe you can just do it at a park or something, so your Grandmother won’t have to pay the church?  Or is it necessary to do it in the church with the priest/minister/etc.  I’d definitely consider doing it if you can sway her.  And the dinner is fun!  Its a chance to spend that night with the closest people, try to relax and have some yummy food.  We’re just going really informal and having a BBQ at my Mother’s house, it save soooo much money! 

Post # 7
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5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

im an aussie so we dont do rehersal dinners but im totally for a wedding rehersal – just so everyone knows their place and where to stand etc – its totally necessary in my book

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

I’m Aussie too, I agree we don’t have the formal rehearsal dinners like in the US (with their big guest lists, groom’s parents paying, in a restaurant etc) but all the rehearsals I’ve been involved in have included food of some kind – I think it’s just polite 🙂 I think wedding rehearsals are great, everyone knows where they need to be, they can all meet each other if they haven’t already, etc. We just had a BBQ after ours with the bridal party and some family members, it was a good way for everyone to chat and relax the night before. Your grandmother doesn’t need to be involved if she’s so against it 🙂

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I had a rehearsal at 11am followed by lunch on the day before my wedding.  It was so much cheaper. 

Then again my rehearsal was the day after thanksgiving, so most people had off and was able to make it.

I had a catered lunch and it cost me $13 per person and included soup, entree, dessert and a beverage.

It was great!

Post # 10
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175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Necessary! Especially if your wedding party guests have never been part of a wedding ceremony before. It’s very helpful to run through the whole ceremony quickly at least once before. The dinner is also a nice way of saying thank you to those who have helped support you and your Fiance through the wedding planning process.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

More of peace of mind necessary than actually necessary IMO.  If you DON’T have one you may end up stressing out that someone is going to stand in the wrong spot or something.

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