(Closed) Would you have a rehearsal, given these circumstances:

posted 8 years ago in Parties
  • poll: To rehearse or not to rehearse?
    Yes - tell everyone in the processional to be there : (14 votes)
    58 %
    Make it optional - if people want to come, the are welcome, but it's not necessary : (10 votes)
    42 %
    No - don't even tell the processional people about it -it will be more of a headache than it's worth : (0 votes)
    Other : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I would have a rehearsal since you’re having people process down the aisle. I went to a rehearsal on Saturday and it was a bit disorganized, it took a bit of time to make sure all of the parents know where they should sit when they got to the end of the aisle. Plus, you may want to have some kind of order, and a rehearsal is key to figuring that out!

    Instead of a dinner, maybe you could do an after-rehearsal type thing at someone’s house?

    Post # 4
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I think I’d just either have a rehearsal or not, rather than having an optional one. If a rehearsal is necessary, then everyone needs to be there so that you can figure out order and seating. If a rehearsal is not necessary, than having some people just show up to familiarize themselves with the venue won’t really accomplish much, it seems. 

    As for dinner, if you do go with a rehearsal, I’d try to pay for at least everyone who came to the rehearsal, since they are there for you. 

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee

    I kind of think you should have one.  Based on how many kid ages you listed it sounds like it’s a lot of people.  And plus you said your mom really wants to practice.  I think it will give you peace of mind to know that everyone knows where they should go.  Now, if you do have a rehearsal, then you need to have some sort of meal afterwards.  If you ask people to be there then you should feed them.  But it doesn’t have to be expensive, you can do pizza and beer, or just burgers and hot dogs.

    Post # 7
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @oracle: Yes, you should still have one. The rehearsal I went to was a big ball of confusion when it came to where people were supposed to sit when they got to the end of the aisle!

    Post # 8
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    1995 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Telling everyone to come is expected (even if its not formal).  They’ll love to see you and get ready for the big day.  Don’t feel like you’re imposing by it being stressful for them.  I’m sure they’ll do whatever it takes!!  Not to mention kids need help and practice when it comes to big things like weddings!  I’m sure they (and they’re parents) will feel more comfortable if they’ve walked it at least once!

    Post # 9
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Although it’s only the processional, I think it would be much less stressful to make sure everyone knows where to go since there are a lot of people walking down the aisle.  It would help to put everyone’s mind at ease if they could practice in person. 

    Post # 10
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I think you should have a rehearsal – if nothing else, it’s nice for everyone to meet each other.  However, I don’t think you have to do it at your actual venue.  We did it in a random room at our hotel and it was fine.

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We made it optional. We didn’t have a wedding party but we just let people know the order they were processing in. I liked giving people the opportunity to get familiar with the venue so there was less chaos the day of, plus I wanted to see how things were going to go.

    Our sisters stood up for the exchanging of rings, but my sis was the only one at the rehersal. I think if you’re not super worried about people needing to be cued (our officiant said just asked them to come join us at the correct time) – you’ll be fine.

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