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Rehearsal Dinner Plus Ones?

Jaime, on May 12, 2019 at 10:18 PM Posted in Parties and Events 0 11
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We are limiting our rehearsal dinner guest list to immediate family (siblings, parents, grandparents) and wedding parties. However there are two people on the rehearsal dinner guest list who are getting a plus one to the wedding. Do we have to invite the plus one to the rehearsal dinner too?

To be more specific. they are both in my fiancees wedding party (one groomsman and one groomswoman, so not even the best man). They are both local as in they live in the same town as the wedding, so they are not traveling a distance with a plus one (my sister is my MOH and her plus one is invited to the rehearsal dinner because they are traveling from out of state).

However because these two people are local, do we have to invite their plus one to the rehearsal dinner? Especially since we are on a budget?

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Latest activity by Nicole, on May 13, 2019 at 10:42 PM
  • Gen
    Champion June 2019
    Gen ·
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    Is the "plus one" just someone they are bringing as a date to the wedding, or are they their girlfriends? If they are their girlfriends, I would say you have to invite them to the rehearsal dinner. If they are just "dates" (meaning, they aren't in a relationship with them) I don't think you have to.

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  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
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    Significant others need to be invited. If it’s just a friend that they’re bringing to the wedding I would say it’s a judgement call.
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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
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    Agree with this.
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  • Courtney
    Master December 2019
    Courtney ·
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    If they’re already bringing them as dates to the wedding, then yes. One of our groomsmen is coming from out of town and it would be rude to tell his wife to wait in the car.
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  • H
    Master July 2019
    Hannah ·
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    I wouldn't consider a spouse a plus one though. A committed couple is considered a social unit. A plus one is for someone who is unattached but wants to bring a date.
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  • CDickman
    VIP September 2019
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    Yes this we gave everyone college age and up
    a plus one to the wedding. But my nephew who’s is doing a reading and the two grooms women are not in Relationship so no plus one to rehearsal dinner. But everyone else is married or in a relationship,
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  • CDickman
    VIP September 2019
    CDickman ·
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    A wife is not a plus one.
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  • Melissa
    VIP September 2019
    Melissa ·
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    If they are not in a relationship with the person they are bringing you don’t have to extend a plus one. Significant others do not count as a plus one, they should be invited by name rather than “and guest”
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  • Emily
    Super April 2020
    Emily ·
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    I agree! We're instilling this rule for our rehearsal dinner unless you're from out of town.

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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
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    I would invite their significant others. I probably wouldn't attend a rehearsal dinner regardless how close to my house it was, if my fiance/boyfriend/husband wasn't invited.

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  • Nicole
    Super October 2021
    Nicole ·
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    You need to invite them. I would be very offended if I wasn't invited to a rehearsal dinner my FH needed to go to. And if it was the other way around I would ask my friend if they were invited if it wasn't explicitly written on the invite.

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