(Closed) who gets invited to the rehearsal dinner

posted 7 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Typically it is the bridal party and their SO, parents, and sometimes grandparents. Some people also include Out of Town family. Out of Town I think typically depends on how many you have and the funds allocated for the Rehearsal Dinner.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Usually the rehearsal dinner should be, at a minimum, all those involved in the wedding.

So bridal party (letting them bring dates is nice, especially if they had to travel)

Any readers

Flower girl/ring bearer (and their parents)

Bride’s parents

Groom’s parents

Also, some people will also invite all out of town guests as a nice gesture and another event since they are traveling for the wedding.

Our wedding is a destination wedding so all wedding guests are invited to the rehearsal dinner.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It’ll vary by person.  Some people bring the wedding party (and dates) plus everyone from out of town.  Most weddings I’ve been a guest had just had wedding party, immediate family including aunts/uncles sometimes (all with dates).  I think it’d be upseting/insulting to not invite dates, but people do that sometimes.

My Fiance has 14 aunts & uncles.  I have 4 (only 2 will come).  If we have a dinner at a restaurant, we are contemplating only inviting mine and the set of his that we expect will bring his grandmother.  We’ll also invite wedding party, immediate family, and those flying in from a different country.  If we have a casual backyard BBQ, we’ll invite everyone attending the wedding.

ETA: Forgot, flower girls and ring bearers (with parents) should be invited, along with readers.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

My daughter’s Future Mother-In-Law is having lunch for just the bridal party and the parents so we are hosting a Taco Cart after the rehearsal for whomever wants to come.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I agree with everyone’s advice thus far- Definitely invite any/everyone involved in your actual wedding, plus their SO/date. TheKnot.com says this: “The rehearsal dinner guest list can include just the two of you, your immediate families, the wedding party, and the officiant and his spouse. Or, it can be a larger event, including all the out-of-town guests…the reason many couples do include out-of-towners is so they’re not left stranded in their hotel rooms.” –> So if you have out-of-town guest coming to your wedding but aren’t super-close to them or don’t want to pay for their dinner twice (ha), just make sure you give them suggestions for what do to the night before your wedding – for example, leave a “welcome bag” in their hotel room with a list of restaurant recommendations.  Good luck!! 

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