(Closed) Rehearsal Dinner: How Many is Too Many?

posted 7 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
5655 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

No it’s not… We had that many if not a little over and we had a smaller wedding than you are. It’s just one of those numbers that adds up quick with the “etiquette” invitees.

Which we also included a few others b/c close friends of ours were part of the wedding.. ie our musicians are 2 close friends we go to church with and my DOC is a friend from church as well… so they were also invited

I would let him deal with his junk himself and you just keep doing what you’re supposed to be doing =)

Post # 4
1096 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

If that’s your wedding party and no one extra then there’s nothing you can do. I would do the rehearsal and then plan a get together after the rehearsal dinner for the out of town guests. Your in town aunts and uncles won’t expect to be invited if they aren’t part of the bridal party so there’s no reason to even address it with them.

Post # 5
743 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The “official” wedding rule is 47 is too many for a rehearsal dinner.  So, officially, according to the troll that lives in the dark cave and makes up all these stupid rules, you are good to go!  🙂  Kidding!  (I hope that made you smile a bit)

For a 300 person wedding, I don’t think 45 is too many.  Maybe your Future Father-In-Law is balking a bit because of the cost of feeding 45 people?  If so, can you guys offer to split the cost of the dinner with your IL’s?

Or another option – if you end up getting pushed into a smaller dinner, have a more casual get-together after dinner (i.e. drinks and snacks) with your Out of Town guests.  Then you can still “include” you family and Out of Town guests the night before without having to incur the extra cost of feeding them another night. 

Post # 6
5758 posts
Bee Keeper

Honestly…most Aunts & Uncles don’t expect to be invited to the Rehearsal Dinner, so nothing needs to be mentioned to any of them. RDs seem to be getting out of control, and should include only the Bridal Party and the immediate families anyway. I’m sure OOTers can entertain themselves for a few hours, and maybe you can meet up with them later for a drink.

I’d probably have a stroke too, hearing that number, no matter what the guest list is. One has nothing to do with the other.

Post # 7
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

No 45 is not too many people! We had about 90 people at our rehearsal dinner because we invited all of our guests since it was a destination wedding (everyone had to drive at least an hour and a half and most people had to fly) I loved having 90 people at our rehearsal dinner. I think 45 will be a perfect number. You will really get to spend some more intimate time with your guests!

Post # 8
843 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m having about 45 people for a 100-125 person wedding (we’re just doing family and close friends and both families are small or can’t get here bc they’re international).  So I think it’s very modest for a 250-300 person wedding


Post # 9
2580 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve been to a lot of rehearsal dinners with more people than that, or to which a significant number of wedding guests were invited. We will probably invite about 1/3 to ours (50 of 150 or so).

If it’s a problem with cost and they are paying for it, though, they should definitely have a say in where to cut off the guest list. You shouldn’t feel obligated to invite anyone, though–I agree with the PPs that people wouldn’t be offended if they weren’t invited.

Post # 10
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

We had 56 people attend our rehearsal dinner for our 135 person wedding (and we invited about 70 – some were not in town that early and couldn’t make it).  We invited all people involved in the wedding ceremony along with our aunts, uncles, and grandparents (who were all travelling in from OOT) and some of our best friends who didn’t quite make the cut for Bridesmaid or Best Man and Groomsmen.  We had a wonderful time getting to spend some extra quality time with the most important people in our lives the night before the wedding.

Are your FIL’s planning the whole Rehearsal Dinner or just paying for it?  If they are paying for it but you are planning, why do they really care how many people you include so long as you come in under their budget!

ETA: We had 27 people (plus Darling Husband and I so 29) who were required to be at the rehearsal.  That’s not including dates for our wedding party (who we did invite to the Rehearsal Dinner too).

Post # 11
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

We had 30 at our rehearsal dinner and our wedding was only 75 people! lol. I think you just have to invite who you have to invite (we included out of towners in ours). 


I would ask your Future Father-In-Law who he thinks is extraneous. I mean everyone you invited kind of needs to be there it sounds like. Maybe he just hasn’t thought through how many people that is?

Post # 12
1890 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think 45 is fine, especially for how big your wedding is.  We’re having about 150 people to the wedding, and our rehearsal dinner will have around 40 people (and that’s after some family members told us they can’t make it!).

Post # 13
724 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We’re only inviting people who are performing in the wedding, plus the plus ones. No out of town guests! This is NOT a second reception for people! We are hosting a BBQ on Sunday. That is enough entertainment from us…

Post # 14
2702 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

no not at all. We are having over 300 people at our wedding and our rehearsal dinner guest list is going to be 40.

Post # 15
726 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have been told its just bridal party and parents with there guest obviously. 5 bridesmaids, 5 Groomsmen + guests. My parents and his mom. Should be under 25. I dotn think anyone outside the wedding party itself should be invited. If you need to cut people for cost and you have a huge bridal party just dont have them bring there +1’s. I mean you dont tecnically have too… it is a “rehersal” and they are not in the wedding.

Post # 16
243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’ve never been to a rehearsal dinner where there were +1s for the bridal party.  It’s just been the bridal party, parents and grandparents and maybe a couple close aunts/uncles.  I don’t see where so many ppl should be included in the rehearsal dinner, I just figured it was for the people who were obligated to go to the rehearsal. 

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