(Closed) Rehearsal Dinner, MIL $$, WWYD??

posted 8 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

you don’t have to invite Out of Town guests if you can’t afford it. maybe you could have a casual get together for everyone after the rehearsal dinner, like just order pizza?

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think you should have only the wedding party at the dinner, and then have a Welcome Party for all the guests afterwards. Just have everyone meet in the bar and mingle. If you can pay for drinks great, if not – it’s no biggie.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Stick to your wedding party- you don’t need to have two weddings in a row!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’d ask your Future Mother-In-Law what she wants to do. Mine told me immediately that everyone would be invited to the Rehearsal Dinner (ours is a semi-destination too).

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

If you invite everyone, it becomes a second reception, especially if they all come in the night before. It’s nice if you can invite them, but it isn’t mandatory.

I’d have the Rehearsal Dinner with the bridal party and meet everyone else later on.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m having a destination wedding and for my rehersal dinner its only going to be Bridal Party and parents. I agree with PP you don’t want everyone at your rehersal dinner or it will be like a second reception. I thought usually only Bridal Party goes to rehersal dinners anyways.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Just a small group, otherwise it will get out of control and you’ll feel like you’re at your reception.  Other guests should be mature enough to organise themselves for dinner.  Don’t worry about it!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We had the same problem..it’s a bit tricky.. we scaled down the Rehearsal dinner to a more casual pizza and pasta event and thus were able to include more guests. Then we invited everyone to meet us at a pub nearby after the dinner so we got to visit with lots of our guests.. it was the perfect solution . everyone had a great time and paid their own way at the bar. We did the rehearsal dinner on the early side around 6, so we met everyone by 8.30.. I found some great advice and creative , thrifty ideas for planning the rehearsal dinner in this article: http://www.celebrationideasonline.com/rehearsal-dinner-ideas.html   the diy centerpieces were the talk of the night!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Ours is also destination (meaning everyone is out-of-town), but in a town with tons of restaurants.  We’re having bridal party and close family at the rehearsal dinner, then having a cocktail party afterwards at the same restaurant for all guests.  That way, other people can explore the town and have dinner with each other, then stop by to drink and mingle.  I’m a little excited about the “second reception” thing, because we’ll get more chances to talk to everyone and hopefully not spend the whole wedding running around to greet people.  I’d try to do something like that.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Meagan Lindsay: I would just invite the people you specified.  I don’t think it’s necessary to invite all the out of town guests.  Rehearsal to me is about being with the people that have the most importance in the wedding.

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