Post # 1
The idea of a large rehersal dinner is new to me. Most of the ones I’ve seen have been for the bridal party only. Out of towners were provided with a list of places around town to eat.
I ADORE the idea of a dinner the night before the wedding for family only and out of towners, but that would be 125 out of the 189 invited to the reception.
Is it feasible to do this? Would it slight the other guests? My Fiance is military and it would be a nice way for him to see is family before we are married, plus I would want the two families to meet.
Help! I don’t want our budget to explode!
Post # 3
Since you have such an incredibly large percentage of Out of Town guests, I wouldn’t do it. I think I would be a tiny bit offended if I went to your wedding as a local and found out almost everyone but me and a few others hadn’t been invited. Can you just have a day-after brunch to see the family? It would be a ton cheaper and I can’t see anyone being offended by it!
Post # 4
Thank you for the idea! I really love it! That would be perfect…Sunday brunch!
Post # 5
We had the same issue and opted to keep the rehearsal dinner limited to immediate family and wedding party only. All the rest of our guests totally understand and the out of town guests actually like that they have a night free to spend exploring NYC. We considered the brunch option but that would have been expensive as well.
Post # 6
We have a lot of Out of Town guests to so we limited it to the bridal party, grandparents, parents, siblings, and readers. I’d have loved to invite everyone but it just wasn’t financially possible.
Post # 7
we are just doing our wedding party, parents, grandparents, our pastor
Post # 8
For my sisters wedding rehearsal we just spent the day at the lake and grilled hot dogs and hamburgers. It was a lot of fun and pretty darn cheap!
Post # 9
We opted to do a Potluck rehearsal dinner and assigned something for the family members attending to bring. It’s a good way to keep costs down. the FIL’s are paying for our reception food, so we didn’t want them to have to cover a rehearsal dinner, too.