The Perks of Having a Rehearsal Brunch (Instead of Dinner)

Save your Friday night for resting up before the more important day of the weekend.
by Sophie Ross

If you—like lots of couples—are hosting your wedding on a Saturday, it’s likely you’re also planning on having a rehearsal dinner the Friday night before. But we’re also making the case for rehearsal brunches too. Of course, it’ll require your special guests to get to your wedding locale a little earlier than they may have intended, but a morning or early afternoon call-time also has some major perks. Check them out below.

You get to serve breakfast food (duh). 

Dinner is dinner, but you can have so much fun with your brunch food options—think dishes like chicken and waffle skewers, made-to-order omelets and a donut table. (We can all agree breakfast food is the best, right?) And don’t forget the beverages. Of course, you’ll want plenty of coffee, but you could also include fun fixings like a mimosa bar or a make-your-own Bloody Mary station. Your guests will eat—and drink—it all up. A breakfast meal may also be more cost-effective for your budget too, rather than a coursed, seated dinner. 

You can spend the entire day mingling and catching up if necessary. 

If you’re hosting lots of out-of-town guests, it might be difficult to make time to greet every single person during the span of a two or three-hour rehearsal dinner. Instead, you can spend the day tending to loved ones after your rehearsal brunch is said and done. You’ll have lots of time on your hands to catch up with faraway family members and old high school friends.

No one will be nursing a raging hangover at your wedding. 

Often, a wedding rehearsal turns into a boozy dinner followed by a wedding party member saying, “Since we’re all dressed up, we should hit the town for just one drink.” By the next day, you may have some hungover or tardy guests to worry about—and you want everyone to have fun, not feel ill. Obviously, it’s their problem if they don’t control how much they drink (or don't know how to successfully combat a hangover), but you can try to avoid the problem entirely by hosting a morning affair instead.

You can get as much rest as possible. 

Of course, the most obvious benefit of having a morning rehearsal is that you can spend the night before getting as much R&R as possible—whether it’s with your bridal party or your soon-to-be spouse. Odds are, you’ll be a little antsy, so you’ll want all the beauty sleep you can get.

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