(Closed) Who to invite to rehearsal dinner?

posted 8 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

It is definitely different for everyone.  Some people like to include friends and family that have travelled from out of town.  Others keep it much smaller.  Think about where you will be having it and how much you can afford to pay for it.

We will be having a pretty minimal rehearsal dinner – our bridal party and their significant others (plus two little ones probably), our parents, and then my FI’s sister because she is not in the bridal party.  That is a total of 20ish people.  I think we will be pretty low-key and just have it at my parent’s house with some food we order in.

Post # 4
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

At a minumum – everyone involved in the rehearsal should be invited to the rehearsal dinner (along with their SOs/guests).  So the wedding party, readers, flower girl / ring bearer and parents, immeadiate families, the officiant and their guests at the bare minimum.

Beyond that – you can honestly invite whoever you want as long as its within your budget.  We included the aunts/uncles, grandparents, and some of our really closest (non-wedding party) friends who were travelling in from far away.

Post # 5
1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Traditionally, it’s for anyone involved in the actual ceremony, immediate family, and out of town guests.

But like the other posters said, you really can invite whoever you want.

In addition to family, we ended up inviting all out of town guests and our close local friends. We ended up with about 45 people. It was so much fun!

Post # 6
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We invited all of our guests. Originally it was all Out of Town guests but then we realized that 95% of our wedding was Out of Town so not inviting that last %5 was just rude! We ended up having about 85-90 people at our rehearsal dinner and it was awesome!! I had so much fun and it was great to have an extra night to chat with our wedding guests. It took a lot of pressure off for the actual reception because we didnt feel like we had to go table to table – we mainly focused on close friends and close family and then people who did not attend the rehearsal dinner. We did a BBQ buffet at a pavilion that only cost $200 and decorated with a country feel. We had lawn games, beer and wine and it seemed like everyone had a great time!

Post # 7
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

It’s up to you! I’ve been to a rehearsal dinner where we were all invited to those where only close family and bridal party are invited.

For ours, lots of family will be coming into town for the first time in years, so FI’s father is hosting it for all family members. We did the count – it’s 72 people! (out of a total of 170 invited guests). It’s feels like a lot of people, but I’m happy to meet all of FI’s family I’ve never met before.

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