Post # 1
I’m debating on whether or not to have a rehersal dinner. The only people who are going to be at the rehersal are the wedding party, and the moms. NONE of our wedding guests will be here until the day of the wedding, so I don’t see the point of a "dinner". I know it’s so that members of both families can meet and get to know each other, but like I said, they won’t even be here until the next day! I am certainly going to take my wedding party and the Moms out to dinner that night… but is that considered a "rehersal dinner"?
Post # 3
I’ve always thought the rehersal dinner was not only for the families to meet, but a celebration FOR your wedding party.. who have helped you through the process. We focused our RD on our wedding party and passed out our gifts to them and toasted to them for their help etc.. I think that it definitely would still be a rehersal dinner even if its just the wedding party… u dont have to do anything fancy or expensive!
Post # 4
Really cut and dry, the rehearsal dinner doesn’t need to include anyone EXCEPT the wedding party and parents. It’s great if you can get OOT guests to come and mingle, but not required for it to be a "rehearsal dinner". If they rehearsed the ceremony, then that’s what the dinner is.
Post # 5
Phew! That makes me feel better! For some reason I was thinking the RD was a "meet & greet" for the families. Glad to hear it’s (really) not!
Post # 6
yeah RD is for just wedding party and close family… ^_^ it’s suppose to be pretty small at a nice place… my friends had one that was like 15 people at olive garden.