Post # 1
We are inviting about 30 people to our rehearsal dinner (bridal party and close family)… however due to venue rules, only the bridal party will be attending the rehearsal (15 people). Is it confusing to refer to it as the “rehearsal dinner” if not everyone is attending the rehearsal part? Is there another term that can be used for it?
Our plan is to include an extra card in the selected wedding invitations inviting them to the rehearsal dinner (and giving the details like when and where). We have a short sentence on the card stating that the bridal party will be contacted separately with the ceremony rehearsal information. Trying to make this as simple and as clear as possible without confusing or offending anyone.
Post # 3
Welcome dinner? Pre-wedding celebration? Wedding warm up dinner?
Oh, and I should note I think its totally normal to just invite them to the dinner calling it a rehearsal dinner. I think another name for the dinner may actually confuse them. I have my actual bridal party coming for the church part and then their significant others are joining us for dinner.
Post # 4
I was invited to a rehearsal dinner last year and I understood that the bridal party would be at the rehearsal and we would all meet up at the dinner afterwards.
I don’t think you need to explain all of that in the invitation for the other guests. Just send out the basic rehearsal dinner invite like you planned. I think using it in the invite is nice since you can save on postage 🙂 and telling them the infomation such as time and place for dinner is perfect. Scratch the line about contacting the bridal party separately.
For the bridal party, you can just contact them by phone, email, with the extra details about the rehearsal itself.
Post # 5
It is totally correct to refer to it as the rehearsal dinner. That is what it is.
The wedding party will be invited to the rehearsal and the rehearsal dinner.