Post # 1
So my mom and I are trying to come with the guest list for the rehearsal dinner and I realized I have no idea who is supposed to come! I know the bridal party, but who else? Do they bring dates? Do I invite grandparents? Thanks for any help!
Post # 3
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
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)
Flower girl/ring bearer (and their 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
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 # 6
Okay, thats what I was thinking too. I think I got confused because I recently went to my friends RD because my daughter was her flower girl and she had soooo many people there! I was like wait, I thought it was supposed to be small? haha… Thanks for all your help!
Post # 7
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
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!!