So, pretty much any and all weddings I’ve seen/heard of featured a rehearsal, followed by a meal. 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 Mr. Buttons and I are getting married on a Sunday, our rehearsal would (typically) take place on Saturday night. But, another bride is getting married at our venue that evening. Insert conundrum”¦ here.
Hmmm OK, so what are the options, then? If we want a nighttime 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 evening. 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 60 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”¦ I’m 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. Now, what we are trying to decide between is having a lunch directly after our rehearsal, or to hold a dinner later in the evening.
So, of course… I made a list of pros and cons for each scenario.
- Pro – directly after rehearsal (aka convenient), it could be more casual, I would have a good amount of time afterwards to get ready for the following day
- Con – guests would maybe have to give up beach time to attend, holiday weekend at Clearwater Beach = VERY busy at lunch spots, what would our guests do for the rest of the day/evening (would we have to plan/help to plan something for nighttime)?
- Pro – it is more “traditional,” allows our guests to have time at the beach during the day (unless they are in the bridal party/attending the actual rehearsal), gives our guests something to do for the evening, I get to wear two cute outfits that day (haha… had to throw that in)
- Con – time lag between rehearsal and rehearsal dinner (Mr. Buttons’ parents live 30 minutes away; would he and his family drive in to Clearwater 2 times that day?), potentially more expensive since it is dinner (and guests may consume more alcohol in comparison to lunch)
Personally, I am on team “rehearsal dinner” at the moment… it might be selfishness on my part, but I feel like I might go slightly insane if I have most of the afternoon and evening before the wedding day without an event scheduled. However, I’m sure I will have a to-do list a mile long that day…
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 about it? Would you be on team “lunch” or “dinner”?