Post # 1
Title pretty much covers it…just curious because I know some people choose to have bigger or larger rehearsal dinners so I’d love to hear why! For me personally, we decided to invite all family since it is a destination wedding for most of them and our bridal parties are bigger so it’ll be around 54 people. We’re having a cocktail party after the rehearsal dinner for everyone invited to the wedding to attend as well! What’s your story and is there anything you regret?
Post # 2
We had our parents, siblings including SO’s, grandparents, the wedding party and their SO’s.
No regrets. We had an intimate dinner that allowed us to concentrate on the purpose of a rehearsal dinner- to thank the wedding party and our parents for their support and time.
Post # 3
BohemianButterfly: We invited all family, since we had a destionation wedding as well. Some people weren’t arriving until the next day so we had about 20-25 people. We had the venue for the whole weekend (ranch property) so we took advantage of that and ordered pizza, pasta, salad and had beer, wine and liquor. It was great!
Post # 4
We are planning on inviting anyone that is invited to the wedding who will already be in town, along with family and anyone in the wedding.
We know that some of FIs out of town relatives will be here, so that will be a crowd – along with most of his aunts and uncles, and some cousins, since they all live close anyway. My side will probably just be my parents, and sister (MOH) as I am not sure if grandparents, and some aunts, uncles, cousins will be in town yet (all are out of town).
My FIs side always does large gatherings when they get together, so the large amount of people won’t be too much to be around. I will just have to remind him (and others) to not have first night overkill!
Post # 5
For our rehearsal dinner, it will just be bridal party (and significant others) plus parents. 18 people in total including bride & groom.
Post # 6
We’re having ours with solely the wedding party who are siblings and our parents. 13 people on Thursday. Then Friday were having a family dinner as half of my family is flying in from across the country which will be ~20 people. So were kinda accommodating both groups seperately.
Post # 7
We had wedding party with dates, parents, siblings, and grandparents, plus officant and family. We had right around 50 people and it was the perfect amount. We thought about OOT guests but that would be well over 100 so we’re glad we kept it at 50.
Post # 8
We are doing a “welcome party”, everyone invited to the wedding is invited, but I doubt all of them will show. We figure probably 25 or 30.
Post # 9
Can’t vote because there was no option. We had zero guest for a rehearsal dinner because we didnt do one. Everyone met at the location, got to see where they would be standing and got to see where the reception was because it was all in one place and that was it. Quite frankly I liked it that way.
Post # 10
i didn’t vote because the number fell in 2 categories.
we had 40 people, the restaurant minimum.
it was our immediate families, wedding party and spouses, close family (both in town and out of town), and a few other special guests.
Post # 11
Ours is about 60. We included the bridal party, their dates, and family through cousins.
Post # 12
WE had over 40 people. The bridal party and their kids… most of my bridesmaids were married to the groomsmen. Plus my oot family and anyone involved in the wedding.
Post # 13
MrsN14: That sounds very similar to mine except for our inclusion of aunts and uncles. Won’t lie, it was kind of last second but I’m glad we did it. Didn’t add too many to the numbers and we have some situations like my aunt being the caretaker of the grandma where it just made too much sense to not split them apart after traveling together. Glad that number worked great for you!!
Post # 14
We’ll have 18: wedding party + significant others, both sets of parents, my grandparents. We’ll meet up with OOT friends & family after dinner for drinks.
Post # 15
Including me and FI, it’ll be a total of 21 guests at the rehearsal dinner. Our parents, some of FI’s relatives, the bridal party and their SOs, ring bearer and flower girl along with their parents, and our officiant who happens to be an ordained friend.
We are having a lot of out of town guests and we can’t logistically have them all come to the rehearsal dinner since most will be flying in that evening. Instead, we’ll be meeting them at the hotel bar afterwards, which is walking distance from the rehearsal dinner restaurant.