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.
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.
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.
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.
Do I have to host a rehearsal dinner? It’s not a mandatory event, but there are few hindrances to doing so effectively. You have to eat on the night before the wedding so it’s advantageous to eat with friends anyway.