Wediquette Wednesday: Do we have to have a rehearsal dinner?


Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. (Note: Questions may be edited for clarity and brevity.)


Question: Our budget is solid, but there are certain aspects of a traditional wedding that just don’t seem necessary. We both agree that the rehearsal dinner isn’t important and we don’t see the point in having one. Do we have to have a rehearsal dinner?

Answer: The beauty of planning your wedding is that it can be, or not be, anything and any way your hearts desire. If you’d rather use your budget dollars elsewhere, go for it. Do be sure to communicate to the wedding party and loved ones who will attend the rehearsal that you will not have a dinner afterwards, so they can plan their time accordingly and aren’t expecting a meal. You could also host a simple happy hour with light bites or even lunch or brunch if you hold the rehearsal earlier in the day. It really is all up to you.


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