(Closed) Rehearsal Dinner–who to invite????

posted 8 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
173 posts
Blushing bee

Traditionally, everyone involved in the wedding (bridesmaids, groomsmen, readers, etc.) are invited to the rehearsal dinner along with immediate family (parents, siblings).  Their significant others are also usually invited as well. 

Post # 4
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We’re in the same situation as you, and we decided to go with a smaller rehearsal dinner w/ only the people who are directly involved in the wedding.  The other out-of-town people are more than capable of fending for themselves for dinner.  Maybe offer up some suggestions for some good restaurants to give them some ideas. 

Post # 5
3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We want it to be just between the two families becaue it’s not often both get together. Live in different areas.

So, immediate family only with bridal party. We’re already at 20 with just that so anymore we’ll be breaking that bank!!


Post # 6
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

We are in a similar situation… getting married where we live now and 95% of guests will be traveling. We’re inviting: 

– immediate family

– bridal party and guests

– anyone who is flying in (almost everyone will drive so there will be prob less than 10 who fly in). 

Post # 7
4466 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We had this problem.  We have a lot of people coming in from out of town and we cannot accomodate everyone.

After much debate with my parents and Future In-Laws, we are having:

Wedding party and dates

Parents (obvs)

Parent’s siblings (so aunts and uncles)

This comes out to about 50 people, which is more than we wanted, but the only compromise we could reach with our parents.

We’re having a “meet us for a drink” thing near the hotel after the dinner.

Post # 8
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We are inviting anyone who is family that is invited to the wedding, so about 75 people.  It seems like a lot but it was important to us and our families never get together.  We are doing it cheaply by having a barbeque on a city property.  I am so excited about it!

Post # 9
7152 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

We’re having a pretty big wedding, so only Wedding Party and immediate family.

Post # 10
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We’ve invited wedding party, parents, grandparents, and close family; about 60 people!

Post # 11
224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

The rehearsal is at 11am, so we are having a rehearsal luncheon for bridal party & SOs and parents (all of our siblings are in BP).   This way we can have some down time afterwards,  then do some sort of out-of-towners cocktail fiesta.

Post # 12
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We’re inviting anyone who needs to be at the rehearsal: our parents (obviously), wedding party (all of our siblings are in it, so they’re covered here too), grandparents (all but one of whom will be traveling from out of state), and a few people who aren’t technically family but might as well be. Probably a good 75% of our guest list will have to travel (driving up to 8 hours, no flying though), but we’re not inviting all of them because that would make our rehearsal seem like part 1 of our reception! We want something more intimate for the Rehearsal Dinner and to have some time to enjoy the company of our closest friends and family before the madness really begins!

Post # 13
499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We are inviting our immediate families, the bridesmaids and groomsmen (and their spouses), the flower girl and her parents, and our minister and his wife.  To keep costs down, we are renting the party room at a pizzeria.  There’s no cost to rent the party room—we’re just picking up the bill at the end of the night.  🙂  Easy peasy.

Post # 14
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

We’re having just those involved in the ceremony (plus their SO’s), our parents and our priest. Some people do invite all out of town guests, but you don’t have to.

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