Rehearsal Dinner Invitations

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{Image via Pretty Little Papers}Typically described as a formal or informal meal following the wedding rehearsal, the rehearsal dinner normally takes place the night before the big ceremony. The rehearsal itself is used as an opportunity for everyone involved in the wedding to meet and practice his or her... read more

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Typically described as a formal or informal meal following the wedding rehearsal, the rehearsal dinner normally takes place the night before the big ceremony. The rehearsal itself is used as an opportunity for everyone involved in the wedding to meet and practice his or her part. Think of the rehearsal dinner as your chance to relax with your family and friends before the whirlwind of your wedding the next day. 

As you plan your rehearsal dinner and send the invitations, keep these etiquette tips in mind:

The Timing of the Rehearsal Dinner

Despite the term “rehearsal dinner,” this meal can be held at any time during the day; although, it almost always follows the run-through of the wedding ceremony. It could be a lunch, brunch or mid-afternoon affair, depending on the wishes of the happy couple.

By the time the rehearsal dinner rolls around, you should be done decorating and planning for the ceremony the next day. Take some time to let your hair down and bask in the excitement of the coming day and all its festivities. Your wedding party members can get to know each other without any of the stress that the ceremony may cause, and everyone can leave early to get some much-needed sleep. This may also be the last time that the bride and groom see each other before the big moment during the ceremony.

The Host of the Dinner
With the common tradition that the bride and her family pay for the wedding, the groom and his family are typically the hosts of the rehearsal dinner. However, modern times have dictated that this is not always the case as many couples pay for everything themselves, or families split the expenses evenly. In the end, it is up to each couple to determine who will host and pay for the event.



The Guest List

Due to the very nature of the wedding rehearsal, everyone who will take part in the ceremony must be invited to the rehearsal dinner. This includes the bride and groom, their parents, the officiant of the ceremony, all the members of the wedding party and their spouses or dates, the parents of any children involved in the ceremony, and any immediate family members of the bride and groom who are not taking part in the ceremony.

In addition to these required attendees, the bride and groom may opt to invite other people to the rehearsal dinner, such as out-of-town guests. You may also consider including grandparents and special friends who have not been invited to participate in the wedding ceremony itself.

Invitation Style and Wording

Wedding rehearsal dinner invitations should be sent out about four weeks prior to the event, but after the wedding ceremony invitations have already been mailed. The two invitations should never be combined, because these are two separate events. While wedding ceremony invitations are often traditional and formal, you can feel free to express more creativity in the rehearsal dinner invitations. Many people choose to create colorful, themed rehearsal dinner invitations that reflect the more relaxed atmosphere of the dinner. These can include creatively worded poems or short, simple directions to the event.

The rehearsal dinner is the opportunity for the bride and groom to have a relaxed, comfortable gathering before their wedding ceremony. How formal the event will be is completely up to the couple, and they can use their rehearsal dinner invitations to reflect their desired vision.

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