Post # 1
We just put together a list and got 64 guest for the rehearsal dinner! Thats almost 1/2 our guest list for the wedding. Everyone who is on the list are family (siblings, grandparents & close aunts & uncles) + OOT guests + bridal party and their guests. It just seems like an extraordinary number of people to me. FMIL offered to host the rehearsal dinner but I dont want to bog her down with a heavy list.
How many people were invited to your rehearsal dinner? How many people were invited to your wedding? If you did cut down the guest list for the rehearsal dinner, who’d you cut off & why? Just really wondering the logistics of this!
Post # 2
Around 30 – of 115 guests at the wedding. Not inviting OOT guests, unless the groom’s parents, who are hosting, invite them (They’re on a budget). Bridal party, their partners, reader, parents, 2 grandmothers – that’s it. No aunts/uncles, or anybody not associated with the bridal party.
A friend was telling me that a relative of hers hosted 125 OOT guest – almost all the brides side – at a cost of $13,000, because the bride’s parents demanded it. They were from Texas, and insisted that’s the way it’s always done down there. We’re in the northeast US. I would have simply told them no. The number of guests and cost were insane.
Post # 3
We invited only parents and grandparents on each side, siblings and their SO’s, wedding party and their SO’s. We invited the officient who declined. We did not invite OOT’s. That would have been most of the wedding guests and another whole reception.
Post # 4
25 people were invited to the rehearsal (for a 200 person wedding). We only invited the people who actually needed to be at the rehearsal to the dinner.
Post # 5
we had 25 and 150 at our wedding, rehearsal dinners are just for wedding party and parents
Post # 6
Typically, the rehearsal dinner is to thank those who attended or were a part of the rehearsal itself. We’re only inviting our parents, siblings, pastor and his wife, and the wedding party with S/O. That total is 16. Overall wedding is 50.
Post # 7
FMIL and my mom want to invite family, so 64+ it is….
Post # 8
I had problems with this too but luckily or unluckily our rehersal dinner venue only holds 28. I agree that it should only be people who are at the rehersal only. If not it would mean a second reception! Too much money for that!!