What are some things you did/are doing instead of a rehearsal dinner?
We were able to book our dream venue but are now getting married on a Friday - they were totally booked for every Saturday until 2022. We have a great day of coordinator and don’t want people to have to worry with getting off of work on two week nights so we decided to cancel the dinner all together. What’s a good “night before the wedding” plan to do?
I would plan to keep it low-key. Since the next day (your wedding day) will be a very long and busy day, I wouldn't recommend doing anything that would be a late night out. You could always invite the bridal party to your home or hotel after they're done with work to watch a movie and enjoy some snacks?
I would keep it low key. Lisa's idea is a good one. Rehearsal dinners aren't required, and if you want to go over the plan on your own with the wedding party, a vibe like that would work to relax with them and make sure everyone is on the same page imo. 🙂
To me, one of the worst things about a wedding party not mostly from your wedding area is that they often force a dinner the night before your wedding. With mostly local people, Wedding party dinners can be and usually are held one of the two preceding weekends. Or brides have a bridesmaids' luncheon or supper, and groom does his, not necessary to have any families. Unlike an RD, just Bride side, or groom side, is not a formal or couples event. Or you can do it together, and with SO. But those are not scheduled with the rehearsal, just any time in the last couple weeks before the wedding, or shortly after. I live being in bridal parties where the couple chooses this tradition over RD. And with no big event the night before the wedding. And usually, in our neck of the woods , some local family, may even be parents, though usually others, host a little home donner or meal out for some out of town family, spend a little non -wedding family reunion time, without bridal party. Unless you have a teensy family or WP, rehearsal dinners the night before are too many people for back to back nights. So I think you are doing a good thing.