(Closed) Rehearsal Dinner Guest List

posted 7 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We are having everyone to our but we are not expecting more than 60 ppl to come to the BBQ. We are doing at as a welcome to Pictou were glad you could make it type of thing.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

From everything I’ve learned on these boards (thank you Bees!) the rehearsal dinner is for those participating in the ceremony as well as the SIs of those people.  Other family members and those coming in from out-of-town are not included. 

Would it hurt anyone’s feelings to keep the actual rehearsal dinner small, like you planned, and then invite everyone else out for cocktails after?  A rehearsal dinner really should be a thank-you to those taking time out of their lives to be in your wedding, not a giant family affair – that’s what the wedding is for.  🙂

Post # 5
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532 posts
Busy bee

Could you keep the original rehearsal dinner guest list and then open it up to more people for welcome drinks afterward or something like that?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Ms. Blue:  We must have been writing at the same time!  Great minds think alike.  😉

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

@VermontBride13:  since your parents are hosting the entire wedding reception, i think it would be a nice gesture to open it up to the four extra people they’ve asked you to include.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Can you do a cheap dessert “wecome” reception after the rehearsal dinner? Maybe just dessert and coffee for a small cost?

We are having a Rehearsal Dinner with our bridal party and their SO’s, my parents, and Fiance parents/grandparents, then following our Rehearsal Dinner, we are having a “welcome” cocktail reception for all Out of Town guests (which is a significant portion of our wedding)

So, maybe you can consider that?

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