Post # 1
Okay so my FILS have graciously offered to pay for the rehearsal dinner, the flowers, the ceremony, and a few other things. With that being said, I feel like this is probably way more than a lot of groom’s parents contribute but we can’t agree on who should be invited to the rehearsal dinner. So what’s is standard? Bridal party and their families? Bridal party and out of town guests? Bridal party, out of town guests, and anyone else who might be important to the bride and groom?
I’ve been to rehearsal dinners in which I wasn’t out of town or in the bridal party. I just don’t want to offend anyone by not inviting them but I don’t want to seem ungrateful or take advantage of the in laws either…
Post # 2
I voted other because it is at your discretion – I say just pick a rule and stick to it. Some people just do bridal party and dates, some people do bridal party and out of town guests, as long as you have a method you’re fine. Nobody HAS to be invited to the rehearsal dinner except those involved in the wedding and their dates.
Personally, I never expect to be invited to the rehearsal dinner unless I or my date are standing up in the wedding, so I’m always pleasantly surprised if I am. Why don’t you ask the hosts what they are comfortable hosting as regards to size of party?
Post # 3
At the very least, bp and their spouses, immediate family and spouses and readers and spouses. The rest is up to the host.
I was only invited to one reneges simply bc I was an oot guest, and the whole groom’s side was oot.
Post # 4
the place where we had our rehearsal dinner had a 40 people minimum.
we invited, bride and groom, wedding party, immediate family, close extended family. then we had a spot for about 6 other people, so we invited a few OOT guests who came to town early.
you should invite who you want.
Post # 5
- Wedding: April 2013 - Valparaiso, IN
I invited everyone that needed to be at the rehearsal and spouses, and out of town family.
Post # 6
Typically the groom’s parents pay for the rehersal dinner and its, BMs + dates, GM + dates, parents, siblings, and grandparents, officiant + spouse. If you’re having a small wedding like 150 or less you could invite OOT guests but it’s not required.
Post # 7
You have to invite the people who rehersed and their family/dates. This would normally be wedding party, readers, and officients if they are a friend. Absolutely everyone else is not necessary. If your FSIL wants to invite addtional people as the host, she can. If she doesn’t, she does not have to.
Post # 8
MrsGraves59: I voted other. My in laws hosted the dinner at their house, so they were open to anyone and everyone. They invited their friends and whoever they wanted to as it was their house, and DH and I made the decision to just invite bridal party and their families, close friends, and select OOT relatives and guests.
Post # 9
The only people you have to have there are the ones that need to rehearse/are part of the ceremony. If the hosts/FILs want to invite others, it’s up to them. As MOB, I would never consider adding people to their list.
Post # 10
MrsGraves59: For your sanity, I suggest keeping it to the bridal party.
My FI, who is hosting the rehearsal, started with the bridal party, added the OOT guests who were arriving early, and somehow that grew to become a full blown his side of the family reunion. Started at 12 guests, now over 50 – comprising most of the wedding guests.
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
Ours is a mix…
- Bridal Party + Dates/Spouses
- Immediate Family – Parents, Brothers & Sisters + nephew
- International Guests – Aunt/Uncle/Cousin traveling from UK
- 1 Aunt – single & physically disabled, both her kids are in the wedding
So we don’t fit 100% into any category. If we were to include all out of town guests we’d be looking at hosting almost all but 2 people who are coming to the wedding! Almost everyone is technically out of town. Most are with 90 miles though and will probably drive into town the day of the wedding and not the night before since our ceremony is late enough in the day to accommodate. We’ve even had a few relatives who don’t really drink tell us they also plan to drive home that night too.
Post # 12
MrsGraves59: I really think its totally up to you. We are doing bridal party + out of town + immediate family. We are having a BBQ (it will be on July 4) for our rehearsal at my dads house. With about 50 ppl, food will cost a little over $1000 which I think is perfectly acceptable and this way, we get to spend more personal time with our close friends and family that we may be pulled away from during the wedding!
Post # 13
Traditionally, the rehearsal dinner is a way to thank the wedding party for their time and support.Therefore, minimally, the guest list includes the wedding party and their SO’s, immediate family of the bride and grrom (how far you stretch this is up to the hosts-grandparents, aunts, uncles etc). The officiant is often given a courtesy invitation although they may not attend.
Any additional guests are the sole perogative of the hosts- the FIL’s. There is no strict requirement to invite OOT’s. The etiquette experts will say there is some obligation to entertain them, but frankly, I don’t belive the hosts have an obligation to entertain them every single day of their visit. They are, in most cases, being invited to a wedding, not a weekend.
The more guests you have at the actual dinner, the less focus will be on the wedding party. If the FIL’s choose to entertain the OOT’s there are other alternatives to including them at the rehearsal dinner. they can be invited to join the group later for coffee and dessert, or for drinks.
In other words, the choice is the FIL’s.
Post # 14
I think that only the people involved in the rehearsal and their spouses, finaces or live-in/long term partners must be invited. However, if OOT guests are being invited, they should be from both sides. I think it is exceedingly rude of a RD host who only invites their OOT guests and not the other side’s OOT guests. This is another reason I suggest not doing STDs. I would delay committing on wedding invites if you think in-laws are only going to invite their OOT guests to RD dinner.
Post # 15
MrsGraves59: We have 23 people in our bridal party so we are doing bridal party only + out of town sposuses/guests of our bridal party. It would just be way too much to include everyone’s families