(Closed) We're hosting a wedding….not a WEEKEND

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
46613 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999


Is it a must to do both of these things for your out of town guests?

Short Answer: No

Longer answer: Many rehearsal dinners do not involve OOT’s unless they are part of the wedding party or immediate family.

This is a trend likely started by someone with money, that many brides (or Moms) seem to think is mandatory now. It’s not. The rehearsal dinner is to thank the members of the wedding party for their time and support. No reherasal, no wedding party, no dinner necessary.

Ditto for the brunch.

Post # 4
2854 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@FleeSircus:  Nope! So many people throw around the “you only get one day!” so I think you should use it to your advantage…say you only get one day, and you’re only planning that one day…your wedding!

Post # 6
957 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Are they offering to pay? If so, I would let them host those events (since they find them necessary) and offer to make an appearance at both events, but not promising to be there the entire time. 

Post # 7
8684 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@FleeSircus:  Why not ask your parents/IL’s to organise  a family get together in a park. It could be BYO and not a wedidng event. Just a while everyone is together we thought a family day would be nice kind of thing. You could even make it BYO or pot luck.


Post # 10
8684 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@FleeSircus:  What about a community centre or school hall/gym? Or church hall if anyone is a member of a church?

Post # 11
3718 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@FleeSircus:  Good luck getting out of them! What we found is that our relationship with our parents (or really DH’s parents) was more important than my stance of a wedding is a day, not a weekend.


We compromised with a rehearsal dinner of just family that was open to everyone afterwards and then a late brunch that we would show up half way through. Did I enjoy it or want it? Nope! Darling Husband knew it, but it made things with my in-laws much smoother. In the end, it isn’t just about us, it is about bringing two families together. If the families love to socialize (and plan and pay for it), it may be easier to just show up and smile.

ETA: If money is an issue, what we did for ours was have a get together at a bar. People could get food or drinks, but we weren’t hosting it. Your mom might be able to swing that if it is really important to her. For my parents, entertaining their family was worth the money. 

Post # 13
7211 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@FleeSircus:  No. Absolutely not a necessity. I’ve been to all those things, too and they are nice but as an Out of Town guest I assume I’m going to have some time on my hands and never expect to have something planned for me. 

Our venue is about a 2 hour drive for most of my people and we have a few dozen flying in from various places. We certainly don’t feel obligated to do those kinds of meals, since really a rehearsal seems silly… our bridal party can figure out how to walk down an aisle! We have thought of maybe hosting a small “welcome” brunch the day before, but it’s really just because we love this brunch place our friend owns and that’s an excuse to make everyone go. I really highly doubt anyone would ASSUME that was happening without our saying so, though. 

Post # 14
680 posts
Busy bee

If they want to pay for it, let them host something at their houses for the Out of Town guests. That wouldn’t be so horrible–sometimes it is nice to have a more intimate dinner for some folks you haven’t seen in a while from out of town. It doesn’t have to be anything big or even a rehearsal. Wouldn’t a few pizzas and a salad work at mom’s house?

Honestly, as an out-of-town guest, sometimes I would get especially sick of all the little events pple have planned around the actual wedding itself during a weekend. Ya, sure, I flew in for your wedding, but i don’t need/want to spend every waking moment w/ you those 2-3 days if I’m not a close family memeber or in the wedding party. If i’m in a new city especially, I like to explore on my own!

Post # 15
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@FleeSircus:  We had guests coming in from all over the place, and many of them I hadn’t seen in a long time.  We decided to have a very informal “rehearsal” picnic the evening before the wedding.  I’m SO glad we did.  It meant that I saw all the people I hadn’t seen, got to talk to them, and then there was no pressure the day of the wedding to talk to everyone (although I tried).  It made everything nicer, in my opinion.  If it had been a formal affair, which my mother-in-law wanted, I would have hated it.  Instead, we had lobster rolls and Mo’s Italian sandwiches (which are the BEST) and a keg of Smuttynose Pale Ale.  

Then, the day after the wedding, my mom invited everyone to her house for brunch.  I don’t know how successful it was — we didn’t go!  We showed up at like 2pm.  If your mom wants to do something for the guests, let her…just tell her you might not make it.  =)

Post # 16
2457 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Hold your ground, flat out tell them no. Sorry. Not happening. 

You’re probably going to be so tired and exhausted with everything that seeing family/hosting/being “ON” will NOT be the first thing you want to do right after marrying the man of your dreams. 

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