(Closed) What happens at a Rehearsal Dinner?

posted 7 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Ours was SO informal! We decorated the hall and were running late, so we didn’t even have time to change into nice clothes. We sat down at the supper table and we just gave our gifts without announcing them and had supper. But that is how we are! 

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Our “rehearsal” didn’t actually involve a rehearsal at all, nor was it at our ceremony location.  Weird, I know.  We didn’t have a wedding party though, so nobody actually had to worry about where they would be or what they were doing or any of that sort of stuff.  It was more of a get together with both of our families and any out of town wedding guests who were already in town (our rehearsal dinner was on a Wed. night, our wedding a Fri. night).  We had dinner, had some drinks, gave our families and Out of Town guests some thank you presents, and basically just hung out.  It was very casual (in my parents backyard), and we actually ended up going out afterwards.  

I think that “usually” you run through your ceremony so that your wedding party knows where they’re supposed to be, and then you go on with your evening from there (whether that be dinner or drinks or whatever the case may be).  I wouldn’t stress out about it though.  Have fun with it ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’ve only been to one rehearsal. We rehearsed in the room where the ceremony was to be held, we went across the street to a restaurant, had a cocktail hour, then sat down to eat the main meal. While we were seated, the grooms parents toasted and there was a slide show of the bride and groom from babies up until the present day. I think it all depends though. This rehearsal was pretty formal.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

We just ran through the ceremony at the venue, then went back to a family member’s house for a BBQ.  We ate some tasty food, and we thanked everybody for being part of our day and gave them their thank you gifts.  Then we hung out and chatted…

That’s all!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We are having the rehearsal at the wedding venue and then all driving to the rehearsal dinner location (a nice restaurant). We are doing a beachy theme and FI’s mom is ordering a cake…so its going to be semi casual…but not too casual if that makes sense haha. We will have a cocktail hour out on the restaurant patio and then move into a reserved room for dinner. There we will all eat drink and be merry and we will give our gifts to the wedding party and such. Im sure speeches will be made but for the most part we are all just going to hang out and get to know each other better…trying to keep a relaxed setting so that everyone can have a little down time before the big day!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I know it’s supposed to be a relaxed event for your wedding party and family members to socialize prior to the wedding.  I’ve been to some very formal rehearsal dinners and I’ve been to some not so formal.  So I did some research to determine which would be best for us.

Here’s our plan: The actual rehearsal will be held at the church where we’re getting married.  Following that, our dinner will be held at the hotel where we’re having the reception, but in a smaller ballroom.  Since many of our out-of-town guests will be living at that hotel, we decided to include them in on the dinner.  So our guests will include our wedding party along with close family and our out-of-town guests.

I’m usually one for agendas, so this has been really hard for me…but I want it to be as relaxed as possible.  After dinner is served, we may give some people a chance to make toasts/speeches about us.  Then we will present our ‘thank you’ gifts to the wedding party.  The rest of the evening will be left to mingle.  We don’t want it to drag on for too long because we do have an early start the next day Smile

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