Post # 1
Did you invite aunts/uncles and cousins (who are not in the wedding party) to the rehearsal dinner? This is assuming that you’re close with those people–we’re not talking about cousins you haven’t seen in 15 years or anything.
Post # 2
sunflower22: No. We wanted to focus on the purpose of the rehearsal dinner- to reward the members of the wedding party for their time and support, not turn the evening into a welcome party.
We invited the wedding party and their SO’s, siblings and SO’s, parents and grandparents.
Post # 3
sunflower22: This is such a timely post. We aren’t having a bridal party, but we are having a processional which only includes immediate family. Only those in the processional (+2 very, very close friends who are involved in the ceremony) are coming to the rehersal dinner. I am sure there will be some sore feelings, but if we were to invite them all we would be paying for two wedding dinners.
Post # 4
No, like what julies1949 said, we wanted to focus on the rehearsal itself and rewarding those who gave us their time and support. The rehearsal dinner isn’t time for a mini-family reunion.
We invited our immediate families, the bridal party, their SO’s, and children. We’re already at 18 people.
Post # 5
Nope. Unfortunately other family members (they live in the south, if it’s a regional thing?) invite/invited all out of town guests, to their rehearsal dinners. That’s a mini reception to me. They might get fussy, that they’re not invited, but we’re going over the timeline and logistics, the bridal party entrance, etc., at breaks between dinner courses. The groom’s parents are hosting, and have a budget, too. If they want to invite extra people such as their out of town relatives, who are traveling the day before the wedding, they’re welcome to it; the bride’s side won’t be inviting extras. (The 2 grandmothers will be there as they are traveling with the parents).
Post # 6
sunflower22: We are only have who is in the bridal party, siblings and parents, that’s all. As PPs said we are going to run through everything and showing our appreciation for their help and support though it all.
Post # 7
We had all out of town people, mostly my family, and the bridal party. It’s not a regional thing, to have the out of towners, I’ve been in weddings in NYC, MD and in FL and the out of town guests, that have arrived early have always been invited.
Post # 8
sunflower22: Yes we did. However, our rehearsal dinner and the night before the wedding was a special situation. We rented out our venue (which is a four story mansion) and the suites the night before. After our rehearsal we had dinner there and our closest family and wedding party were present. They also all spent the night at the mansion with us (30 people total). It was an amazing pre-wedding party.