Post # 1
So from what I understand, the rehearsal dinner/rehearsal is traditionally held the day before the wedding. But I’m wondering if maybe it would be best for us to do it 2 days before the wedding (in other words, a Thursday rehearsal for a Saturday wedding)? Has anyone done this? I can get our venue for that Thursday and we don’t have any out-of-towners that need to come to the rehearsal. BUT would people really forget what they are supposed to do if the rehearsal is an extra day earlier?
Reason for doing it the night before:
– all of the things that we rehearsed will be very fresh on everyone’s minds
Reason for doing it 2 nights before:
– Can have a little break between wedding events so that we don’t have the rehearsal dinner and wedding back-to-back. Can get to sleep earlier so we can have a good’s night rest.
Post # 3
We are doing it the day before simply because we have a lot of out of towners. If I had the choice, I would do it 2 days before – it will probably be a bit more relaxed since you aren’t quite at the “eleventh hour” yet, and no one should forget anything just because there’s another 24 hours in between.
Post # 4
I miss voted, ours was two days before. Our venue was booked for the night before so we just had everything Thursday night. Meant that I could spend time with my girls the night before and could go to bed much earlier
Post # 5
I can see the definite benefit of doing it Thurday, but another thing to consider are jobs- I know that all of my BMs and Groomsmen will probably be working their jobs that entire week, including Friday, so a late Thursday night would not be any fun at all for them. That may or may not be an issue for you, just my situation personally. Maybe you could keep the dinner earlier and not let it get too late?
Post # 6
I really wanted to do ours 2 days before on a Thursday. But our chapel is a popular ceremony site so every wedding time has a corresponding rehearsal time. And they could only do it on Friday.
Future Sister-In-Law and Future Brother-In-Law had thiers on a Thursday for the same reasons as you. .They had all day Friday to take care of things and got the rehearsal out of the way. I also wanted to have it Thursday so that no one would be hungover!
Post # 7
I think you should do whatever makes you most comfortable…
If you want a break in between, then definitly make that time!!!
In my opinion, I am really excited for that weekend whirlwind celebration with one thing right after the other..
To me, the rehersal dinner is the begining of the wedding, and the excitment level peaks there and continues through the next day and night!
Can you tell I am so excited to get married =)
But, like i said..do what you want to do..it is your day!
Post # 8
Ours is the day before. Our wedding is on a Friday, so I think that would be the best time to do it.
Post # 9
We are doing ours Thursday evening for our Saturday wedding. We do have a couple out of towners, but my reasoning is that I need to decorate the hall friday night, and I don’t want to be up all hours!
Post # 10
Two days before sounds fine. It just didnt work out for me cause people werent coming into town early enough.
Post # 11
We have to do it Thursday for a Saturday wedding, our venue is booked Friday. For me it’s not ideal because everybody has work Friday and my venue is like 30 min to an hour away for most people. But oh well.
Post # 12
Ours is the night before…
The rehearsal is at 6pm on Friday, the dinner is at 7. The wedding is at 5pm the next day. We’re having a mini destination wedding (2-3 hours away for most people) and I didn’t want them to have to take Thursday off too and have to spend another night in a hotel.
Post # 13
Ours was the night before, but most of our wedding party was Out of Town so it was really our only option.