Rehearsal Dinner Invitations: Etiquette, Advice, + Wording

Etiquette, Stationery

Rehearsal Dinner Invitations by April Lynn Designs

Rehearsal Dinner Invitations by April Lynn Designs

Your wedding rehearsal will typically take place the day before your wedding. The rehearsal dinner takes place afterward, as a night-before-the-wedding tradition. It doesn’t have to be a formal affair, but if you’d like it to be, you’ll need rehearsal dinner invitations!

I get a lot of questions about the different types of wedding stationery, including rehearsal dinner invitations. Here are some of the most common:

Who Should Host The Rehearsal Dinner?

Traditionally, the groom’s parents hosts the rehearsal dinner. The easiest way to establish this is to have a talk with them and see if they’d be willing to host. If not, or if you’d rather host the rehearsal dinner yourselves, that’s fine, too! You could also have both sets of parents collaborate on the hosting.

Your wedding is all about you, but the rehearsal dinner will be your in-laws’ opportunity to honor you! Let them choose the location and style, and try to limit your input somewhat.

How Should I Word My Rehearsal Dinner Invitations?

Rehearsal dinner invitation wording can be similar to your wedding invitation wording. If your wedding invitations are somewhat informal, your rehearsal dinner invites can be, too! Similarly, if you’re planning a formal wedding with a formal rehearsal, your phrasing should be something similar to this example:

Please join us for a 
Rehearsal Dinner 
in honor of 
Amelia and Liam 
on September 5, 2014 
at 7:00 p.m. 
The Blue Room
9 Central Avenue 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Who Should I Invite To The Rehearsal Dinner?

At the very least, the rehearsal dinner guest list should include both of your immediate families, the wedding party, and any spouses or significant others. If you’re close with the officiant, you should invite them and their significant other, too. 

When Should I Send Rehearsal Dinner Invitations?

Send your rehearsal dinner invitations along with your wedding invitations, or shortly afterward. This is especially important if you’re inviting guests from out of town. They’ll need advance notice if they’re going to need to arrive a day early!

Do you have any questions of your own about rehearsal dinner invitations, or anything else? Contact me and I’ll answer them for you!

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