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September 16, 2021

Top 7 Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Questions Answered

A wedding rehearsal is a tutorial on the ceremony conducted a day or two before your big day! 

Your wedding planner will go over everything from what time it starts, how long it lasts, who walks down first and when, and where everyone should be at all points throughout the night, so they are not just wandering around aimlessly (embarrassing).

Today, we’ll answer your burning questions about rehearsing for your wedding, so you’re a pro before the big day finally arrives!

Table of Contents:

What is the Purpose of a Rehearsal Dinner?

At a wedding rehearsal, your families and honored guests practice where everyone sits for the ceremony, walking down the aisle and back, exchanging marriage vows, gift offerings, and more, all at the actual wedding venue location. This ensures everyone knows the order, pacing, when to walk, and where to stand to prevent wedding day confusion.

When Planning a Rehearsal Dinner, How Long Should it Be?

Usually, the rehearsal dinner is held the night before the wedding, on a Friday. And it can last from 30 to 45 minutes (on average) but can also extend up to an hour. 

Who Speaks at the Rehearsal Dinner?

Traditionally, the rehearsal dinner host(s), which include the groom’s and bride’s parents speak first during the rehearsal dinner. On some occasions, the maid of honor or even the best man can also speak at the rehearsal dinner.

Afterward, the floor is open for whoever wants to offer a speech! It might even help to set time constraints in advance, so the speeches aren’t too long.

Who Do You Invite to a Wedding Rehearsal Dinner?

It’s expected to invite the wedding VIPs, your parents, siblings, grandparents, friends and of course the bridal party (For example, the flower girl and ring bearer).

And if space and budget allow, offer your bridal party the option of bringing their plus ones along. You may also choose to invite your extended family like your aunts, uncles, and close cousins.

Should You Invite a Pastor to Come to the Rehearsal Dinner?

It is polite to extend a rehearsal dinner invitation to a minister, priest, or any other wedding officiant you plan to use. 

If the wedding officiant isn’t available, he may delegate the task to another officiant or volunteer. Do note, however, that some officiants require a stipend or fee to run a wedding rehearsal.

What Is the Official Rehearsal Dinner Etiquette?

A wedding rehearsal can be as formal or informal as you like! 

Whether you and your partner want to host the dinner at a bowling alley, a local brewery, or even your wedding venue is entirely up to you (and the location’s owner of course). Just make sure you invite your guests about 4-6 weeks in advance. 

P.S. We recommend the rehearsal dinner venue be less than 20 minutes from the ceremony site to prevent exhaustion (and flaking) among your guests.

You’re Now Prepared for Your Rehearsal Dinner

Wedding rehearsals are a chance to practice the ceremony in front of an audience, ensuring that everything goes smoothly on your wedding day. It’s also a time for you and your partner to get comfortable with the location, venue staff, vendors, etc., which will make you feel far more comfortable on your big day. 

Have more questions about planning your rehearsal dinner? Drop them in the comments below!

Looking for some wedding inspiration? Take a peek at all the beautiful ideas on our blog page! Maybe you need help finding the perfect wedding photographer? Check out our latest blog post!

A wedding rehearsal is a tutorial on the ceremony conducted a day or two before your big day! 

Your wedding planner will go over everything from what time it starts, how long it lasts, who walks down first and when, and where everyone should be at all points throughout the night, so they are not just wandering around aimlessly (embarrassing).

Today, we’ll answer your burning questions about rehearsing for your wedding, so you’re a pro before the big day finally arrives!

Table of Contents:

What is the Purpose of a Rehearsal Dinner?

At a wedding rehearsal, your families and honored guests practice where everyone sits for the ceremony, walking down the aisle and back, exchanging marriage vows, gift offerings, and more, all at the actual wedding venue location. This ensures everyone knows the order, pacing, when to walk, and where to stand to prevent wedding day confusion.

When Planning a Rehearsal Dinner, How Long Should it Be?

Usually, the rehearsal dinner is held the night before the wedding, on a Friday. And it can last from 30 to 45 minutes (on average) but can also extend up to an hour. 

Who Speaks at the Rehearsal Dinner?

Traditionally, the rehearsal dinner host(s), which include the groom’s and bride’s parents speak first during the rehearsal dinner. On some occasions, the maid of honor or even the best man can also speak at the rehearsal dinner.

Afterward, the floor is open for whoever wants to offer a speech! It might even help to set time constraints in advance, so the speeches aren’t too long.

Who Do You Invite to a Wedding Rehearsal Dinner?

It’s expected to invite the wedding VIPs, your parents, siblings, grandparents, friends and of course the bridal party (For example, the flower girl and ring bearer).

And if space and budget allow, offer your bridal party the option of bringing their plus ones along. You may also choose to invite your extended family like your aunts, uncles, and close cousins.

Should You Invite a Pastor to Come to the Rehearsal Dinner?

It is polite to extend a rehearsal dinner invitation to a minister, priest, or any other wedding officiant you plan to use. 

If the wedding officiant isn’t available, he may delegate the task to another officiant or volunteer. Do note, however, that some officiants require a stipend or fee to run a wedding rehearsal.

What Is the Official Rehearsal Dinner Etiquette?

A wedding rehearsal can be as formal or informal as you like! 

Whether you and your partner want to host the dinner at a bowling alley, a local brewery, or even your wedding venue is entirely up to you (and the location’s owner of course). Just make sure you invite your guests about 4-6 weeks in advance. 

P.S. We recommend the rehearsal dinner venue be less than 20 minutes from the ceremony site to prevent exhaustion (and flaking) among your guests.

You’re Now Prepared for Your Rehearsal Dinner

Wedding rehearsals are a chance to practice the ceremony in front of an audience, ensuring that everything goes smoothly on your wedding day. It’s also a time for you and your partner to get comfortable with the location, venue staff, vendors, etc., which will make you feel far more comfortable on your big day. 

Have more questions about planning your rehearsal dinner? Drop them in the comments below!

Looking for some wedding inspiration? Take a peek at all the beautiful ideas on our blog page! Maybe you need help finding the perfect wedding photographer? Check out our latest blog post!

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