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.
The venue we settled on was terrific from the beginning. We gave them our budget and guest count and then they worked with us from there. Instead of having an expensive cocktail hour with stations, they suggested passed appetizers. I was a bit hesitant, but it worked out beautifully. Everyone spent the cocktail hour visiting with each other instead of checking out the food.
If you are the host of a wedding rehearsal party, you are encouraged to at least considered sending out invitations to the event. Receiving a wedding rehearsal dinner invitation is often unexpected, but greatly appreciated by many individuals and on many levels.
If they are showing you a fixed menu that is not to your liking, tell them what you want. Then ask them to rework the price based on your menu choices. The flexibility they show you is all important because if the venue is not willing to work with you when they are trying to get your business, they most likely will not be so accommodating once you have made the booking.
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.