(Closed) Rehearsal Dinner Invite List–What is the etiquette

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think it’s typically family, bridal party, officiant and out of town guests who are already in town for the wedding. We had our rehearsal dinner the Sunday before our Saturday wedding, so no one was really in town yet… But that said, I’d say you can do whatever you’d like.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

95% of our guests are Out of Town so we’re only doing bridal party/SO and close family like parents, grandparents, and 1 of FI’s uncle’s. Our siblings are in the bridal party so they’ll be there anyway.

I think it really depends on what you guys are comfortable with. If FI’s family is paying for it, you might want to ask how many people they are comfortable paying for.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

98% of our guests are out of towners, so we’re keeping it just the wedding party and their guests, and grandparents and officiant.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

good question! On my side of the family, a TON of people are invited to rehearsal dinners! OOTers who are there by the night before, bridal party, aunts, uncles, cousins…

But Fiance is used to just bridal party and their dates, our siblings, and our parents.

I think it could be whatever you want, but obviously, if the side who wants more people aren’t paying, they should be sensitive to that. My mom has offered to pay for her side of the family who are more extended or Out of Town if they attend.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

The minimum is immediate family, bridal party, and any spouses or fiances.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’ve been an Out of Town guest to a lot of weddings for both family and friends, but I’ve never been invited to a rehearsal dinner unless I was a member of the wedding party.

We’re using the same guides for ours.  Immediate family, officiant and wedding party with their SOs only.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Agree with other Bees!  Mine rehearsal dinner/rehearsal only includes those actually involved in the wedding.  Bridal parties, parents, sibs, and maybe anyone who reads at the ceremony.  🙂 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

For our rehearsal dinner we invited everyone who was involved in the ceremony bridal party, readers, etc. and immediate family (almost all immediate family on my side had a role in the wedding). Since his parents held our rehearsal dinner they invite some family who flew in from out of town and DH’s aunts and uncles.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I think its bridal party, close family and officiant. It is nice to also invite out of town guests since they are already there. However, if you are having a lot of those (OOT) the rehearsal might turn into a really big party!

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