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.
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.
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.
I don’t mean just the menu, but the whole event. Some couples may want a formal multi-course meal with a large guest list; others may want a quiet and cozier celebration. By talking with them, you can see if what they want is what you can afford and adapt accordingly. Even though it may be your party to plan, it is after all their celebration. So work together with the kids and with some careful planning you can host the dinner of their dreams.
Rehearsal dinner invitations are usually necessary when the dinner is going to have more than 24 guests. Typical dinners usually consist of about a dozen members of the bride’s family and a dozen members of the groom’s family. Simply letting people know is sufficient. However, more guests than that require personalized, fun invitations.