So, pretty much any and all weddings I’ve seen/heard of featured a rehearsal dinner. Seriously, with my penchant for perfectionism, a rehearsal for the ceremony is absolutely essential. Practice makes perfect!
However, there is one little snafu with the plan.
Since we are getting married on a Sunday, our rehearsal would (typically) take place on Saturday night. Except for the fact that another bride is getting married at my venue that evening. Insert conundrum…here.
Hmmm ok, so what are the options then? If we want a night-time rehearsal at the venue, we’d have to hold it on Friday night. Well, sadly, that just won’t do for us, seeing as our guests/family/etc might not be arriving until that night. I wouldn’t want to be tied up with the rehearsal and miss welcoming them to our wedding weekend!
We also considered holding the rehearsal on Saturday evening, but at a different location. Potential? Yes. Cost? Not a fan! Most likely, we’d have to shell out extra money to rent out a space for the rehearsal and the rehearsal dinner…it would be a very big party (around 70+ people), and probably not easy on the checkbook! Scratch that…
That brings us to Saturday morning. The venue WILL allow us to hold our rehearsal during the morning/early afternoon, before they start setting up for the wedding that evening. Whew…breathing a sigh of relief here! However, that does present us with a somewhat “different” time schedule of events.
Rehearsal LUNCH, anyone?
As it stands, we’re going to hold a late morning rehearsal at Carlouel with the bridal party and immediate family, and then hold a lunch afterwards with that group. We figure that the guests who aren’t involved in the actual ceremony won’t be upset that they will get to enjoy some beach time, while we are busy rehearsing! Then, hopefully we can join them all for some sun and fun for the rest of the afternoon!
Have you been to a wedding/did you have a wedding that held a rehearsal dinner at a different time than “normal?” What did/do you think?