Your wedding is finally here. You and your groom are done with the planning, you found the dress of your dreams, and you are getting ready to walk down the aisle.
One of the last events before the wedding is the rehearsal dinner. This event is a great time to have toasts from people who would like to share sentiment, but are not speaking at the wedding.
If your favorite aunt, beloved grandmother, or kindergarten friend who wants to speak, the rehearsal dinner is the perfect time. The theme and style are up to you. It can be a formal sit-down dinner or more casual event. It depends on your venue, budget, and other wedding events that you have planned.
So, who are the people that get the invite to the rehearsal dinner? Here are the top picks.
1. Wedding party – The traditional etiquette is the whole bridal party should be invited to the rehearsal dinner.
2. Immediate family- Your family and new in-laws should get invites, traditionally speaking. If you have a close cousin, aunt, uncle, or godparent that is very close to you, add them to the list. This is your big day and the ones closest to your heart should be there with you.
3. Out-of-town guests – If you have a small number of guests traveling for your wedding, invite them to the rehearsal dinner. If you are having a destination wedding and a lot of people are traveling, a welcome reception is great for everyone to meet and get acquainted.
4. Close friends – There are some close friends who are not in the wedding but still there for you no matter what. This is a great way to include them in your wedding beyond being a guest.
5. Officiant – In most cases, the officiant is close to the couple and there is history. If the couple is not close to the officiant, they should be invited.
This is a time of celebration, gathering, and fellowship. Have fun and create beautiful memories.