(Closed) Who exactly do I invite to the rehearsal dinner?

posted 8 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
2807 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

the wedding party and their spouses, and both sets of parents. i believe the officiant also gets invited.

Post # 4
479 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

It is my understanding that you include the bridal party & out of town guests.  I would put that information in the invitation envelope.  You can reiterate at the rehearsal.

Post # 5
7305 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

The rehearsal (and subsequent meal) are for the bridal party (and spouses), any family that will be seated during the processional, and immediate family (parents, siblings & spouses, nieces/nephews). I think it’s a nice touch to invite any pros who are attending the rehearsal (e.g. your officiant, DOC, church organist) to the dinner as well. Don’t be surprised if they decline.

You can invite Out of Town guests to the dinner as a way to spend more time with them, but that is optional.

Post # 6
47412 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Traditionally the rehearsal dinner is an opportunity both to thank the wedding party for their support and participation, and to ensure that the two families had met prior to the wedding. It is/was often hosted by the groom’s parents.


Bride and groom

parents and step-parents (may be extended to include grandparents

siblings of bride and groom and their SO’s if applicable

all members of the wedding party and their SO’s

the officient and SO if applicable- this is a courtesy invitation and likely they will not attend unless they are close to the family

You do not NEED to invite out of town guests. This is a recent practice, can be very expensive and may include almost all the wedding guests at a small wedding.

It’s thoughtful to send written invitations so the guests have the necessary written information. If the weding is very casual, you could invite the guests by email.

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