(Closed) Rehearsal dinner question

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Basically we’re having the wedding party, their significant others, our parents, our officiant, and I’m guessing my grandfather (the only grandparent left/able to come). No extended family. No Out of Town guests because our wedding party is 13 people, and then when you have SOs we’re already topping 20-something. I’m not prepared to have a mini-wedding two days before my wedding, so I’m drawing a line.

I think if you’re inviting one side, you have to invite the other side. I’m an all or nothing type of gal 😉

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I would just invite those who are involved in the rehearsal with their dates, and grandparents.  We are also having an out of town wedding and didn’t want to host a “wedding before the wedding” type of event. If the out of towners want to join you after dinner for drinks, that’s a good option also.  We are having an early rehearsal at 3:30, dinner at 5:00, and telling anyone else who wants to meet up later to come around 7:00.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Invite those involved in the rehearsal and their SOs, and your immediate family members. Why are there more people from your FI’s side?

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We will be keeping our Rehearsal Dinner small – the bridal party and SO’s, our parents, and officiant (+ SO) which will be about 18 adults (we may to accommodate two kids whose parents are in the bridal party).  We have 7 grandparents between the two of us, so we won’t be including them at the Rehearsal Dinner.  The wedding itself will be expensive enough without having to pay to have two big parties in two days.  Plus, we are doing a gift opening at my parent’s place the day after.  So I think inviting all the Out of Town and other family members to the Rehearsal Dinner is excessive.

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