The rehearsal dinner is a time for the closest guests to kind of take stock of all their preparations up to that point. They’re able to get the big picture, and after a few drinks, give toasts, speeches, and acknowledgements. No one should be excluded from the big night. Even out-of-town guests will take part in the wedding rehearsal so they should be included in the rehearsal dinner. However, if budget is an issue, then only a few friends will be invited to the special rehearsal dinner. These small, intimate occasions are usually at someone’s house and not at a festive banquet hall. All cultures have different practices regarding the celebratory dinners of the night before.
Rehearsal dinner invitations often feature images of a cake, a plate with a knife and fork, a feast, a champagne bottle, or any common dinner setting. It rarely features a picture of the bride and groom because the dinner is the main focus of the rehearsal dinner. It’s a time of camaraderie and companionship prior to the big day. The key with rehearsal dinner invitations is simplicity. It just doesn’t do to have an envelope, ribbon, or return note. Stay simple with a single card, and make sure that’s it colorful and festive so it stands out in the mail. The rehearsal dinner should be about fun, not formality. In fact, its whole purpose is to contrast the formality of the rehearsal just prior to it and the wedding that follows.
The groom’s mother can host it at her home if there are few people coming. Many people choose to send out rehearsal dinner invitations if it’s going to be a bigger party at a bigger venue. If it will be for only a few guests, then a word-of-mouth invitation will suffice.
Layered Shower and Rehearsal Dinner Invitations: Although almost everyone focuses exclusively on the wedding invitations, there are many other events that require invitations. Layered shower or rehearsal invitations can be coordinated with the wedding invitation or be a completely different style. So you may have a more formal pocket folder wedding invitation and then compliment it with a more casual, layered rehearsal dinner invitation or bride and groom shower invitation. Either way, you have a creative look and feel to your wedding events.
What happens at a rehearsal dinner? There are toasts, speeches, expressions of thanks, and other games and trivialities to entertain the guests. Everything is informal and even jokes are in good taste. Sometimes, the couple gets royally roasted. That’s always fun!