(Closed) Rehearsal dinner invite etiquette? Just Bridal Party Or Other Guests too?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Who gets invited to the rehearsal dinner?

    Bridal party and their families

    Bridal party, their families and out of town guests

    All of the above plus other people that are important to the bride and groom

    Other (please explain)

  • Post # 16
    2031 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    At very least, you should invite anyone that needs to be at the rehearsal (plus immediate family if this doesn’t already include them) and spouses. Besides that you can invite who ever you want.  It seems like really fancy rehearsal dinners keep to just that while more casual ones invite out of town guests and people who are really close to them ( mostly because of budget).  We chose to do the lader as we have many out of town guests that would have no where to go 

    Post # 17
    32 posts
    • Wedding: March 2014

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    juanita.kelly.9:  I don’t think spouses/significant others must be invited to the Rehearsal Dinner. We aren’t inviting them to ours and Fiance has been in a wedding that didn’t include me.

    Post # 18
    1013 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    We are doing anyone involved with the wedding ceremony, because they need to be at the rehearsal.  This includes:  bride/groom, bridal party, readers, and parents.  This totals approximately 30ish people.  From there, we extended a few more invites to the dinner for my Uncle, and his wife whom are traveling great distances to be there, and his Aunt(godmother), and her boyfriend, whom are also traveling great distances to be there.  Our total is about 35 ppl for the dinner.  

    We did not include grandparents, any other immediate family (aunts/unlces), etc, because then our list would be over 60, and that seemed far too much!!!  Draw your line in the sand, and stick to it!! There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer in my opinion!

    Post # 19
    1262 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

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    MrsGraves59:  Invite who you like. The only people who ought to be invited, though, are parents, siblings, wedding party and respective spouses. We will also be inviting any family that makes it from out of country since they would be coming such a long way (13 hour flights). No one else would be offended if you did not invite – it just becomes too much and too expensive otherwise. We are looking at maybe 21-25 people when all is said and done (our parents, 3 siblings, 2 bils, 2 nieces, 3 bm each with spouses, 4 gm with one spouse, plus potentially 4 family members)

    Post # 20
    599 posts
    Busy bee

    We’re only inviting bridal party (none of them are attached), our parents, and the officiant. If we invited out of town guests we might as well not have a wedding since they outnumber everyone.  

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