Post # 1
Should I invite my grandparents and the grooms grandparents to the rehearsal dinner? My grandparents and aunt/uncle are all coming from out of town so I wasn’t sure if I should invite them to come to the dinner or not.
Post # 3
@sarahroby: Traditionally, the Rehearsal Dinner was an opportunity to thank the wedding party for their support and assistance. It was also an opportunity to ensure that the immediate family on both sides had met prior to the wedding.
Everyone has to decide their own cutoff point. Many couples do include grandparents- not necessarily aunts and uncles.
Some couples are including all Out of town guests, but you can end up with another reception where almost all of your guests are from out of town. Simply being from out of town does not mandate an invitation to the Rehearsal Dinner.
We chose to keep the Rehearsal Dinner guestlist to wedding party and their SO’s and immediate family. It allowed us to focus on recognizing and appreciating these people and their roll in our lives and our wedding. We visited with other guests the very next day.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
80% of our guest list is from out of town, a few locals are in the birdal party. So if we invited Bridal party, family and out of towners it is everyone except like 5 people. So we are doing a welcome picnic where everyone is invited.
I would invite grandparents but not necessarily aunt and uncles. My aunt and cousin will be helping out a lot so I would still probably invite them even if we were having a traditional rehearsal dinner.
Post # 5
We invited grandparents, especially since we had them in our processional and needed them at the rehearsal, but also because I’m not sure they would have eaten if we didn’t feed them! (They don’t like driving in new places)
Post # 6
@sarahroby: We are inviting our immediate families, wedding party obviously, and all OTG’s (which is a small percentage of our overall guestlist-most are local) We don’t have living grandparents to invite but we’d definitely invite them if we did.
I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer to this though, its really up to you.
Post # 7
@sarahroby: we will be having the bridal party, my parents, FI’s mom, and my grandparents (FI’s grandparents passed).
Post # 8
We are inviting everyone.