Budget and Bonding: Buying and putting together your own layered invitations both saves you money and can be a great way for your families or wedding party to form closer relationships. As this particular invitation is easy to do, it’s a great way to have a party where people can get to know each other while doing an easy but important task. And as building community is important in marriage, you are beginning to build the foundation of your married life with your wedding invitations.
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.
The invitations needn’t be long or wordy. No more than 50 words are really needed for the message itself. It’s more appropriate to think of the message as a verse or short poetic stanza. Even a haiku will do. A typical invitation is composed of the following elements: the hosting party’s names (usually the parents of the groom), the bride and groom’s names, i.e., for such and such rehearsal dinner, and the day, date, time, and location. Sometimes, the message comes in an envelope, but, oftentimes, the card – colorful, illustrated, and festive – carries the message all by itself. It resembles a post card in that respect – except the message is on the side with the picture, and not on the backside. Online stores allow you to customize the card before you purchase. A simple pull-down menu will let you select the font style, font color, and background pattern or image. You can even input the text you want for each line of the message. It’s completely customizable. These are perfect if you can’t find the right card at the local bridal store, and you’re in a pinch for time.
It’s up to you how you make your rehearsal dinner, but you must send out the rehearsal dinner invitations. Some people honestly forget unless they have something to look at to remind them of the fun night ahead. Make sure to mention the type of cuisine, alcoholic drinks served, and desserts because this lures people into the rehearsal dinner that wouldn’t otherwise come. This is a usually a time for jokes, belly laughter, and lots of storytelling. No one should miss the rehearsal dinner. Don’t let them. Send out the invitations per force.
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.