Isabella
Just Said Yes July 2019

Rehearsal Dinner

Isabella, on May 22, 2019 at 5:12 PM Posted in Parties and Events 0 19
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Who generally goes to the rehearsal dinner? I heard you’re supposed to invite out of town guests, but if that was the case i’d have like 75 people there. Help please! ❤️

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Latest activity by Jess, on May 24, 2019 at 11:24 AM
  • Brianna N
    Super October 2019
    Brianna N ·
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    Following, I am wondering the same thing!

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  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
    Kelly ·
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    It’s not necessary to invite out of town guests. The only people you’re required to invite are the people in the wedding who are rehearsing and their significant others.
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  • Victoria
    Super May 2019
    Victoria ·
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    We had our rehearsal last night and just had everyone that is in the wedding.
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  • VIP September 2019
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    We are just having pizza and wings for the wedding party and parents at our venue because they will be helping us set up and decorate.
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  • V
    Champion July 2019
    Veronica ·
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    It is totally up to you. We aren't inviting out of town guests. We invited our bridal party plus their significant others which includes our siblings. Both sets of parents. His parents are divorced. His mom is single, but we gave her a plus one and his dad is engaged so we invited his fiancee. My fiance's nieces and nephews are our flower girls, ring bearer, and usher so we included them and their parents which is my fiance's older brother and his wife. My grandparents on my mother's side because my grandmother is doing a reading at our wedding. We also invited the officiant and his wife, but they don't know us and have elected not to attend.
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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
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    It really depends! I've been to ones that are just bridal party + dates + immediate family, I've been to ones that included aunts/uncles/cousins, and ones that included out of town guests. We will have around 70 people at ours and that includes our wedding party + date, immediate family, and aunts/uncles/cousins, so no out of town guests.

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  • Hannah
    Master July 2019
    Hannah Online ·
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    We are doing bridal party, immediate family, and a few out of town guests (there are some who are staying with my parents). We have a lot of OOT guests, so we couldn't do everyone.
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  • Chandra
    Master May 2019
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    I told my MIL that we could just do wedding party and their families but she didn't want people sitting alone at the hotel so we opened it up to include anybody who was around! It was a lot of fun even though the hubby and I were an hour late Smiley xd
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  • Anna
    Savvy November 2019
    Anna ·
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    Following. This has been a question of mine as well.
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  • Kelly
    VIP October 2020
    Kelly ·
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    Rehearsal is wedding party, typically they're the only required people for the dinner.
    Some people like opening up dinner for guests after they rehearse but it's optional
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  • Elizabeth
    Dedicated February 2020
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    We have to do a pretty early rehearsal due to the venues schedule. So an early dinner as well. We are only inviting immediate family and those in the bridal party. Afterwards, however, my parents are hosting a welcome party at their home and including all of the out of town guests.
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  • K
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    Kerra ·
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    I was told everyone on the wedding , parents , officiants .
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  • Mrsblair
    Dedicated May 2019
    Mrsblair ·
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    Immediate family + grandparents + wedding party and their dates. That is all we invited, did not include out of town guests.

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  • Tara
    Expert June 2019
    Tara ·
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    I think the new thing within the last couple of years is to invite out-of-town guests as a thank you. Our wedding is out-of-town so that would mean we have to invite everyone. However, we can not afford that. So we are doing wedding party only (including who we asked to be our witnesses) and and then opening it up to all guests afterwards for drinks!
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  • Kristin
    Super November 2019
    Kristin ·
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    I think it really depends on the area and the family. Our families are both from the Midwest and it's always been wedding party, immediate family, and OOT guests. That puts us at 50 people if we just look at those we are sure will come.

    I have also heard just those involved in the wedding, wedding party and immediate family...

    Also, try to remember, just because they are OOT does not mean they will automatically be in town the night before. I have a friend getting married in AZ 2 weeks before my wedding and with all the stuff I will have going on and not having any extra time to take off work I won't be flying in until the morning of the wedding.

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  • Gen
    Champion June 2019
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    We're inviting bridal party, immediate family (parents, siblings, and grandparents) and all out of town relatives. We also have a lot of out of town guests, and a lot of local relatives so it would have been a second wedding if we had included everyone who fell into one of those boxes!

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  • J
    Master October 2019
    Jolie ·
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    I wouldn't invite out of town guests because they are not remotely involved in the wedding party. I think it could be situational. Like someone else said the OOT guests are staying with parents, then it'd be kinda weird not to. Some people have entire families that are in different states. That doesn't really work to host another huge event the night before.

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  • Courtney
    Master December 2019
    Courtney ·
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    At that point it sounds like you're inviting nearly your whole guest list. Maybe have after dinner drinks with the out-of-towners?

    Our rehearsal dinner is limited to bridal party and guests, parents, siblings, and the kids in the party. We are having some of my FH's family from out-of-town but there's only going to be 5 of them. A majority of my family is local or comes home often so we've extended an open invite for drinks at the hotel bar.

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  • Jess
    Super September 2019
    Jess ·
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    The only ones that should be invited to rehearsal is immediate family (parents, grandparents, siblings) and those that are in the wedding party who will be participating at the actual rehearsal.

    These are the only ones we are including at our rehearsal as well as the spouses of the wedding party (not required we are just including), and my aunt because she is allowing me to stay at her house the night before the wedding,

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