(Closed) who to invite to what…gift opening….grooms dinner?

posted 10 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I was unaware that people are invited to the gift opening.  We were going to open them alone, likely in the weeks leading up to the wedding for the mailed gifts and after the honeymoon for the gifts people bring to the reception.  We went to 8 weddings this summer, and no one had a "gift opening event" – and frankly, it sounds a bit boring – and it is just one more thing to get food and beverages for as you must serve something while people watch you open presents.

Is a "grooms dinner" the same as a rehearsal dinner?  We are having our rehearsal and thus dinner on Thursday (wedding party, their spouses, and our parents) so that Friday can be spent relaxing and greeting the out-of-towners.  We are having a Welcome Party on Friday for the out-of-towners but just having alcohol and appetizers as it is less expensive than a seated rehearsal dinner for all of our guests.   

Hope this is helpful. 

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