(Closed) Rehersal dinner – do I have to invite everyone?

posted 7 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

The majority of our guests are out of town. With just bridal party, their dates and immediate family we are at 25 people. Our whole wedding will be 60 people so no I’m not having everyone there the night before. Future Mother-In-Law is upset we aren’t inviting cousins, aunts etc but too bad. I’ve been to plenty of out of town weddings and didn’t receive an invite to the rehearsal.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

The purpose of the rehearsal dinner is to thank the wedding party for the time they have given to the rehearsal and the wedding in general and for the immediate families to socialize wiht the wedding party.

You do not have to invite OOT’s to the rehearsal dinner. I have been to many Out of Town weddings and was never invited to a rehearsal dinner when I was not part of the wedding party.

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m not inviting our out of town guests because I’d be inviting almost the entire wedding!

Just wedding party, parents, and grandparents.

Post # 5
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817 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m not inviting our out of town guests because I’d be inviting almost the entire wedding!

Just wedding party, parents, and grandparents.

Post # 6
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729 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

we are invinting bridal party and their guests b/c our bridal party will be from oot.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We’re doing just the bridal party & their significant others, my parents, FI’s mom and some of my close cousins that will be here.  And it’s just a casual thing in my mom’s suite…. still coming in around 20 people.

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I invited the bridal party and their guests as well as our out of town guests.  We only had 6 from out of town (came all the way to Ohio from NC) and I didn’t want to have my rehearsal without my Grandmother there!  I believe “etiquette” (according to my mother and MIL) says wedding party and out of town guests, but I think it all depends on your certain situation and budget.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We’re doing the bridal party, their guests, and all Out of Town guests.  Since the groom is from out of state, almost all of his guests will be at the rehearsal dinner.  All totalled, it will be about 60 people – a little more than half of our wedding.  I am not really thrilled with the mini-wedding the rehearsal dinner is turning out to be!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Every single one of my guests (except a BM) is from out of town. So I’m keeping the rehearsal dinner to bridal party and immediate family.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

This is such a timely post for me.  I was just making a list of who all I expect to be at the rehearsal dinner.  We’re having a wedding about 10 hours from where we live, so everyone is an Out of Town guest.  With our wedding party, officiant (uncle) and his wife, plus our parents and grandparents, we’re already at 25, so we aren’t inviting everyone on the guest list.  That’s just too many people.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Bridal party + dates (16)

My mom, dad, grandma (3)

His mom, dad, step mom, step brother, date (5)

Officiant (1)

27 people total.  Hopefully.  We’re picking up the tab so we don’t want it to get too ot of control!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We’re just inviting the bridal party and our immediate families to our Rehearsal Dinner. I’ve been an Out of Town guest for many weddings and not been invited to the rehearsal dinner. I don’t think people expect to be if they’re not in the bridal party.

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