Post # 1
We are getting ready to send out our wedding invitations and I am not sure if we actually need to send a wedding invitations to these people:
We will obviously have a meal and room for them all but I wasn’t sure if they would actually need a wedding invitation since we know they will be there!
Do we invite these people to the rehearsal dinner?
-host & hostesses
Post # 3
No. Your contract with these vendors are the invites. Are your readers part of your guest list or someone you are hiring to just read? If they are a part of your guest list, they will get an invite anyway.
Post # 4
Vendors don’t need a formal invitation. Your DJ and Photog will already be present at the reception. If there is a menu selection that needs to be made, just email them with the options. As for the pastor – you can do the same thing (verbally invite him to the reception). Our pastor was a friend – so he got a mailed invite.
Rehearsal dinner – yes, invite everyone who has a role in your wedding (like the readers, etc). I’m not sure what ‘host/hostesses’ are. If the piano player is a friend (vs. a vendor) then invite them as well.
Post # 5
I would consider contracts as “invites” but I wouldnt mind sending a friendly 2 week reminder or something! =) Maybe postcard style or maybe an invite, if you have the extras to spare!
As for inviting your readers to the RD; unless they can be instructed the day of on what to do or when to go up and read or if they know their cue, then I dont see the need to invite them to the Rehearsal Dinner.
And what do you mean by Host and Hostesses, like your parents?
Best of Luck!
Post # 6
No one with whom you have only a contractual relationship needs an invite; anyone with whom you have a personal relationship deserves one.
For example: Our florist, who I’d never met before the wedding planning, did not get an invitation. Our photographer, who is a family friend, did get one.
Post # 7
Host/hostesses are family member usually designated to help people know where to go. They are there at the reception venue to tell people where to go, where to put gifts, etc. They also carry anything we need from the ceremony to the reception. They are just helpers since the rest of the wedding party & family (mothers/fathers) will be busy