In addition to the bride and groom, a traditional wedding rehearsal dinner typically includes their immediate families -- parents, brothers, sisters -- and members of the wedding party. Spouses or significant others of bridesmaids, ushers and groomsmen are invited. The parents of child attendants are asked to join, although the children themselves are not always part of the festivities. The officiant and his or her escort typically attend as well.Continue Reading
If out-of-towners have already arrived for the next day's ceremony, some couples invite these guests to the rehearsal dinner. In this way, they are not left to fend for themselves in an unfamiliar location.
It is conventional for the groom's family to host the rehearsal dinner. However, for many contemporary weddings, the expense is shared between the two families, or the bride and groom pay for the party themselves.
Formal invitations are sent for a rehearsal dinner if it is held at an expensive or exclusive location, such as a hotel banquet room, country club or elegant restaurant. An RSVP card is needed so the caterer knows the number in the party. However, if a more intimate or less elaborate dinner is planned, phone calls, simple cards or online invitations are appropriate. It is best to let people know about the rehearsal dinner soon after the wedding invitations are issued so they are able to plan for the additional day.Learn more about Weddings
Seating protocol for a wedding rehearsal dinner is at the discretion of the bride and groom. The couple have the responsibility to choose whether they want to assign seats at the dinner or allow the guests to choose their own places.Full Answer >
Traditional responsibilities for the groom's parents include hosting a dinner for the bride's family and hosting the rehearsal dinner. They provide names for the groom's side of the guest list. They may also share information with those guests about the wedding details and wedding registry.Full Answer >
Bridal shower invitees should include the bride's closest female friends and family, all of the bridesmaids and other women in the wedding party and the groom's closest female relatives. Anyone invited to the shower should also be on the wedding guest list.Full Answer >
One idea for a rehearsal dinner invitation verse is, "In anticipation of the bride and groom's big day, we wouldn't celebrate any other way than in the company of our family and friends." Instead of bride and groom, the invite may have the actual names of the bride and groom. Another verse for the invitation is, "Practice makes perfect, it's true what they say. Please join us for a run-through before our big day!"Full Answer >