Post # 1
Who do I invite to the grooms dinner and gift opening? Do I put this info in the invite somehow if they are invited or send seperate invites.
I don’t think that the grooms dinner is a huge issu as we have a tentative list for that (small – not all the out of towners….for money reasons)
But what about the gift opening?
Post # 3
I was unaware that people are invited to the gift opening. We were going to open them alone, likely in the weeks leading up to the wedding for the mailed gifts and after the honeymoon for the gifts people bring to the reception. We went to 8 weddings this summer, and no one had a "gift opening event" – and frankly, it sounds a bit boring – and it is just one more thing to get food and beverages for as you must serve something while people watch you open presents.
Is a "grooms dinner" the same as a rehearsal dinner? We are having our rehearsal and thus dinner on Thursday (wedding party, their spouses, and our parents) so that Friday can be spent relaxing and greeting the out-of-towners. We are having a Welcome Party on Friday for the out-of-towners but just having alcohol and appetizers as it is less expensive than a seated rehearsal dinner for all of our guests.
Hope this is helpful.
Post # 4
Yeah maybe it’s a midwestern thing, I’ve always known there to be one – but the only times I’ve gone to a gift opening was when I was apart of the wedding somehow.
We’re not leaving the day after the wedding for our honeymoon, and this is expected of us (the gift opening that is). Frankly I don’t want to to pay for food, but it’s just doughnuts and coffee at least that’s all I’ll provide.
I know that the ones I’ve been too it’s been weding party if available and family (immediate) but I was just making sure that I wasn’t over looking some type of etiquette about it.
Oh and they are a bit boring – at least for anyone not opening gifts that is…lol.