(Closed) What happens at a Reersal Dinner?

posted 8 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
5797 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

Some people give out their bridal party gifts at the rehearsal dinner.

Post # 4
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

You could have some speeches, from whoever is hosting the shin-dig. It’s a good time to hand out your gifts to the bridal party and say anything nice you’d like to about them.

We are pretty far flung so whenever there is one of these we normally treat it like a time to see the out of towners and people you haven’t seen in awhile.

I went to one where they played triva games about the bride/groom to get the families to bond a bit, that was more fun then i thought it would be, could have been the alcohol tho.

Post # 5
1303 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Lots and Lots of boring speeches

Post # 6
3575 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Yes, you’re right.  It normally happens right after the ceremony rehearsal and yes, it is typically a dinner of some sort.  Some have it at a restaurant, backyard BBQ, fish fry, etc.  Whatever floats your boat.

Since my husband and I paid for it, we welcomed everyone, said a toast, ate dinner, had some drinks and handed out the wedding party gifts.  It was a lot of fun.

People typically socialize, have some food and drinks.

Post # 7
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Every rehearsal dinner I’ve been to, everyone eats and mingles and chats and sometimes bridal party gifts are given out.

Post # 8
5889 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

rehearsal dinner is an excellent time to catch up with people so you don’t feel like yuo are stiffing anyone with quality you time at the wedding =)  knock some of them off your list!

Post # 9
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

i plan on having just a relaxing evening with family but we will hand out our bridal party gifts and have written a few nice words about each person and our parents. hopefully us talking wont last to long and everyone can enjoy themselves.

Post # 10
825 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We did a slide show of the two of us as babies then through the years. It was really great. We ate and socialized and I gave my Bridesmaid or Best Man their gifts.

Post # 11
3977 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think we’ll just have pizza and play some games. Make it more a rehearsal party than “dinner”. Probably hand out gifts, but nothing too “official”.

Post # 13
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We didn’t do gifts or speeches. We DID, however, have a rocking good time. We rented a room at a sushi restaurant – it was more like a lounge, with sofa seating, really interesting decor, low lights, candles – and our own bar. It was as much if not more fun than our wedding.

Think something is boring or pointless? Don’t do it. Everyone was going to hear us give thanks and our fathers speak at the wedding. They didn’t need to hear that at the dinner as well. And, I don’t understand why people give out the wedding party gifts at the dinner – why are you showing people all this stuff that they don’t get to have? Better done in private where you can tell people sincerely how grateful you are.

Post # 14
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

This is a good time to have speeches from people who can’t be fitted into the wedding day speech timeline.  Maybe a grandparent or sibling.  Also a good time for a slide show since these are the people closest to you and the ones who would actually be interested in seeing those photos.

Post # 15
7300 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@msgiraffe: The ones I have been to, everyone eats, the bride and groom make some quick speeches and hand out gifts. Nothing too major.

We are thinking of having it in our backyard.

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