The Rehearsal Dinner Invitations and Etiquette
The evening before you walk down the aisle, you will have a quick rehearsal to make
sure everything is ready. You will make sure that people know where they need to go and
what they need to do the following day. Afterwards, you will have a rehearsal dinner to
just sit down, talk and relax.
While you don't need to send out invitations to remind those in the bridal party of the
rehearsal, it is customary to send out rehearsal dinner invitations to the entire party,
as well as others that you want to join in the meal.
When To Send The Invitations
You should order and send out rehearsal dinner invitations at the same time as the wedding
invitations, six to eight weeks in advance. It may seem silly to send two invites to certain
guests, but it is a common practice and another way to make sure that guests plan ahead to clear their schedule.
Who To Invite
Obviously, you will invite those who have a role in the wedding ceremony, including the
maid of honor, bridesmaids, best man, groomsmen, flower girl, ring bearer, officiant, musicians and ushers.
Your parents and siblings, and their families, are usually included, too. From there,
it is up to you and your partner to decide on if you want to include others or not. Some
couples invite their whole guest list while others only invite the out of town guests who have already arrived.
Or keep it simple with just the wedding party. Be sure to take your budget into consideration
when deciding how many people you will invite since you are responsible for the bill.
What To Include
You should have the rehearsal dinner invitations printed to include the date and time of the
dinner, and the name and location of the restaurant. You do not need to include a reply card,
just ask for a phone RSVP.
Finally, your invitations can match the style of the rest of your wedding stationery or be
completely different. Some couples opt to create photo invites while others prefer to have
matching cards for all their wedding events.
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