Post # 1
I’m confused and I think FI’s parents might be, too. We’re not having a destination wedding, but there are some guests on FI’s family’s side (mostly aunts, uncles, cousins) that are living out of town, or out of state that may be attending the wedding.
Our wedding is on a Sunday evening, ending at 8 pm. We are doing a hotel block in the area for Friday night through Sunday night, giving any out of towners the ability to make a weekend of it, if they choose so.
Nothing is really happening on Friday night, but we plan to have our Rehearsal Dinner on Saturday night (the night before the wedding) and then FI and the groomsmen will spend the night at one of the groomsmen’s houses, and I will spend the night with my girls at MOH’s house. I sounds like some of these non-immediate family will be staying at FI’s parents house the night before the wedding and/or night-of.
Do we include them at the Rehearsal Dinner? I kind of anticipated that being for close friends/family only. Do we do something else for them? What is customary?
Post # 3
Some will say that you invite ALL out of town guests but if I did that my rehearsal dinner would be almost everyone at the wedding. We are doing our close family (aunts, uncles, grandparents). and then of course the wedding party. you do whatever you think is best in your situation.
OR, when I was considering a Sunday wedding, I was thinking about doing a picnic lunch in a park somewhere for everyone else that couldn’t come to the reheasal, so everyone felt included. Not sure if thats an option for you but it could be fun and a nice gesture for those who arn’t invited to the dinner that night.
Post # 4
I would invite who you want to invite. I really wanted my OOT relatives there just because they’d come a really long way for my wedding.
Post # 5
Some say invite all OOT guests, or all family, to the rehearsal dinner. We did all family, but that as a workable number for us.
For the other OOT guests, we just made sure they had a full list of options for food on Saturday. We didn’t want anyone feeling stranded. So our OOT bags had a list of restaurant recommendations within walking distance of the hotel.
Post # 6
We are inviting the wedding party and their spouses/SOs, immediate family and OOT family. If we added in close friends from OOT … we’d be rivaling the number of people attending the wedding itself! 🙂
Post # 7
There’s no way in hell we’d be able to afford either OOT guests or family for our RD. That’s 90% of our guest list.
Post # 8
My FI and I are paying for our rehearsal dinner (actually we’re doing lunch so it’s cheaper) so it will only be bridal party and immediate family (26 people). My parents are hosting a brunch the morning after the wedding, so they will invite more like half the wedding guests. You can do whatever you want!!
Post # 9
My rehearsal dinner is only made up of the wedding party and their SOs/caretakers. We have a small wedding party but it’s still a significant number of people.
my sister (MOH), bridesmaid, Brides-dude, and their SOs.
Future BIL and his wife
My FI’s grandparents (I don’t have grandparents)
My junior bridesmaid and her parents
My FI’s aunt, who is the caretaker for his grandmother.
Usher and her SO
That’s about 20 people.
That’s it. I’m not throwing a second wedding, and we’re going to be talking about what’s going to happen at the wedding. I don’t want guests to hear any spoilers!
Post # 10
We’re in a similar dillema – we will have lots of OOT guests (all of FIs family). With just bridal party, parents, grandparents and aunts/uncles, we are already at 55 people! I don’t know where we should cut it off but I do NOT want a huge rehersal dinner. My sister’s had about 75 people there, it was basically a whole other wedding – it was exhausting to do the night before. I think I am going to broach the subject with my FI and in laws to see if we can just do parents/grandparents and bridal party and “special” OOT guests (e.g., godparents of FI and family traveling internationally). It just adds up so quickly!
Post # 11
My then FI and I got into a huge MASSIVE argument about this before our RD. we had a boat load of OOT guests and our restaurant stuck us with a ” minimum” number that had to be filled.
We wound up inviting pretty much all the aunts/cousins/ex family and we had about 57 people at our RD. It was crazy, fun, stressful and if I could do it again I probably wouldn’t have changed a thing other than making sure me and my DH were on the same page about what we expected a RD to look like!
In my circle, they’re big events. In his circle– the grandparents weren’t even invited!
We wound up doing a head table with place cards ( much like a reception) and a really nice plated meal, drinks, dessert, slide show and some toasts. Everyone loved it and it actually made me more relaxed for the wedding!
ALL of that to say– you can do what you want! Just make sure it’s what both of you want!
Post # 12
Nothing. They’re old enough to entertain themselves lol.
Post # 13
99% of our guest are OOT for our wedding. Our RD is just family and bridal party, the point of it is for his family members who live far away and haven’t met my family yet to mingle and meet. Not to pay more money for guests who are already getting lux treatment the next day. We plan on buying muffins and sending them to guests’ rooms the morning after the wedding for them to eat on the road. It’s too expensive to throw a wedding and then ALSO feed the same 100 or so people AGAIN the day before AND the day after and whatnot…as someone else said…they’re adults, they can feed themselves. We will give info about nearby attractions and restaurants so they know where to go…
Of course, as with anything, do what makes you happy and what you can afford. Screw ettiquette, don’t listen to naysayers, say “who cares what’s customary?”!!!!!
Post # 14
We invited everyone (it was semi destination) so we just had a massive BBQ which wasnt anymore expensive than 6 people going to a fancy dinner. It was a blast and everyone (but my inlaws) helped out with the preping and cooking and cleaning up. The only thing I would have chaged was the rain which prevent us from hanging out outside.
Edit: We also did a small snack the next morning with fresh muffins fruit and yogurt which cost us under 150$ for 45 people (yay for muffin batter at cost). It doesnt have to be expensive you just have to be creative. Also we had more people at the BBQ than at the wedding itself.
Post # 15
Do what you want, OP. There are no hard and fast rules. If we’d invited all OOT guests, we’d have hosted two receptions. No way we could have afforded that. If you are holding the rehearsal dinner at FI’s parents house, it would be odd not to include the people who are staying there. We held our wedding at a farmhouse where we were using all 9 of the bedrooms for various family members, so we invited the bridal party/SOs and anyone who was staying at the house. So that brought us up to 30. After dinner, we brought a bunch of wine to the hotel where our OOT guests were staying so we could spend some time with them, without having to pay for their dinners.
Post # 16
We had an out of town wedding, 3 hours drive from where most of the guests lived.Originally we were going to have anyone that came early enough to be there for it but after trying to make a guest list we ended up with 40 ish people with just family and bridal party so in the end we invites that same list plus all our of state guests. When you are coming that far and don’t really know anyone it’s nice to have something to go do and to be able to be part of things. I know everyone appreciated t that was invited, and in the end most of those out of staters were family anyway