(Closed) Rehearsal dinner — extended family??

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
2365 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Ours is small and intimate … just who is directly in the wedding party, our parents, siblings, the flower girl … oh and the readers … =) None of the extended family is involved and they don’t expect to be.

Post # 4
803 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

traditionally, its the bridal party and immidiate family.  we plan on donig a welcome dinner since so many guests are from out of town, but thats not how its traditionally done.  my parents are also gong to help out $$ wise because most of the Out of Town people are my family, that way his parents dont get stuck with it.

Post # 5
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i’ve heard it done both ways. my brother had the small dinner with just the wedding party and then had a get together with all of the oot people after. we’re having it with all of the oot people, just because my future in laws are hosting in and that’s what they and my fi would prefer, and i don’t care either way. i think it’s nice to get together with your guests from out of town since you dont get to see them often, but i also think it’s such a busy weekend that it might be nice to have the intimate dinner.

Post # 6
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Well, unless your dad is paying for it… I’d say invite who you want but I’d keep it limited to immeadiate family and bridal party, oh and sometimes your officiant if you want too.

Post # 8
3979 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I don’t think you need to invite all of your extended family members… if they aren’t directly involved with the wedding ceremony then what is the point of their presence?? They already get to celebrate with you the following day!!!

We’re having more of a weekend wedding: including a Welcome BBQ & a trip to a local attraction for all our wedding guests. Because of this, we’re only inviting our parents, siblings & their spouses, the officiant, the musicians & the bridal party. Everyone else will get their fix at the other weekend events. 🙂

Post # 9
1084 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Do what you want and what suits your wedding.  We had so many out of town people coming, people who we don’t get to see often and miss, that we ended up doing a low key backyard event so we could invite more people.  probalby 75/120 people who came to the wedding also came to the rehearsal.  So it was a bit much but still nice to see everyone.

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