How do I invite the guests? Rehearsal dinner invitations should be sent a few days after the wedding invitations go out. They don’t need to be anything fancy. Rehearsal dinners should be a lot of fun so don’t put too much extra work into the rehearsal dinner 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.
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.
Rehearsal dinner invitations often feature images of a cake, a plate with a knife and fork, a feast, a champagne bottle, or any common dinner setting. It rarely features a picture of the bride and groom because the dinner is the main focus of the rehearsal dinner. It’s a time of camaraderie and companionship prior to the big day. The key with rehearsal dinner invitations is simplicity. It just doesn’t do to have an envelope, ribbon, or return note. Stay simple with a single card, and make sure that’s it colorful and festive so it stands out in the mail. The rehearsal dinner should be about fun, not formality. In fact, its whole purpose is to contrast the formality of the rehearsal just prior to it and the wedding that follows.
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.