(Closed) How big should the rehearsal dinner be?

posted 9 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

that’s pretty much what we are doing.  We have a very large family and the rehearsal dinner would be pretty much.. the reception.lol  So the rehearal dinner will just be wedding party, parents and grandparents.  Then we’re going to have a pre wedding celebration for out of town guests at a local bar that has a private area.  We plan on doing karaoke at it too!  I’m excited

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We’re having a mini-party! We’re going to do the dinner with just the wedding party and then my fiancés uncle’s band is getting back together for a one-night-only event just for us and our closests friends. I’m really excited… and the best part is my fiance has NO clue. We’re going to surprise him with a ‘ticket’ for christmas.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

Rehearsal dinners aren’t the big production/formal event in Aust as they appear to be in the US, so it’s probably not the same for us. But we are just having bridal party and their partners, our parents and the people they are staying with (it’s a DW), grandparents and a couple of random people we couldn’t leave out (like my cousin who is playing the music for us). Future Mother-In-Law wanted me to invite others in her family but I was very firm in not making it a second wedding reception. People who are in the vicinity are welcome to come and say hello and have a drink, but I’m not going to feed them all 2 nights in a row 🙂

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We went back and forth on this. In my family, its customary to have extended family and out of town guests at the rehearsal dinner – basically everyone! We really didn’t want to do that, and turns out everyone is okay with it. I think it will be a nice, lowkey time with those we love.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

Ugh, this is confusing for me too. If it were up to Fiance and myself, we’d just have the bridal party, parents, and grandparents. HOWEVER, his aunts/uncles and their families will be traveling in with his grandfather (same on the other side, actually) and will be super offended if the grandparents are invited and they aren’t. And they’d start major drama. And MY aunts/uncles would be offended if his were invited and mine weren’t. So as of now I’m thinking it may just have to be bridal party and parents…but then I feel bad for leaving out grandparents! Ugh.

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