(Closed) Rehearsal Dinner Etiquette?

posted 8 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I don’t know the proper etiquette on this, but my understanding is that Out of Town are to be invited. I think it only makes sense that they be invited, they did come from oot for your wedding. Plus it’ll be another way for you to spend time with them while they are here.

Post # 4
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

You’re not required to invite the out of town guests… especially when you are doing a formal dinner.  I think the only time people invite ALL out of town guests is if they have a destination wedding or a very informal rehearsal dinner like a backyard BBQ or a pizza party.  We invited the wedding party, their dates, and then parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins.  My husbands family normally doesn’t even invite aunts and uncles and cousins but my family doesn’t get to see each other often so my in laws were gracious enough to invite my extended family which we really appreciated.

Post # 5
278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Though I think it’s a really nice gesture to invite Out of Town guests to the Rehearsal Dinner, it’s not required (unless as Moose1209 said, it’s a Destination Wedding, then I think it would be rude not to). If you only have like <20 OOTs, I would go ahead and invite them. We have about 120, so even though I really wanted to invite them to the Rehearsal Dinner, it’s just not feasible. So our solution is to do a small rehearsal dinner and then a dessert and cocktail reception with all the Out of Town guests after dinner.

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