The recipient list is very important in the scheme of things. It’s pretty simple. People who have a place in the wedding receive an invite to the rehearsal dinner. This will be the bridal party, the bride’s parents and groom’s parents, and other close people the couple to be would like to invite. Don’t forget the person who delivers the vows. This is a smaller list than the wedding invitation list as it only covers people who actually have a role.
Rehearsal dinner invitations are not the same as wedding invitations. For one, they are more informal and basic. The only details that need to be placed on the custom invitations are the date, time and place of the dinner and who to call if the guests cannot come. The bride and groom can make the invites themselves, by using invitation kits or they can hire the pros to do it for them.
There is something about actually choosing, addressing and mailing out your invitations that makes your wedding concrete–this is where you know you are really getting married. And this is where your guests will begin to feel what kind of day it is going to be. So, take your time and make this part of the wedding process creative, enjoyable and bonding for all.
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.
The rehearsal dinner is a chance for the people involved in the wedding to relax ”before the big day” and get to know each other under an informal setting. For the bride and groom, though, it’s a chance for them to thank everyone who has helped them throughout all the preparations. Rehearsal dinners are a chance for the couple to get to know the new in-laws and a chance to hang-out with family and friends before things get crazy at the wedding.