There are a lot of ways to print and design these. Often the same artist who designs the wedding invitations designs these. It’s probably the best way. It’s a lot easier to deal with one vendor. Also important is a consistent design. The design remains the same, or can be a kind of riff on the main wedding invitation design, if the same artist or designer is involved with both. Consider too the element of bulk discount. The vendor may offer a discount if all the work is given to them. However it’s the groom’s parents who usually oversee the reception dinner. Letting them oversee a new design might make them happier. A different design may also compliment the original wedding invitations.
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.
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.
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.
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.