Who should I invite to the rehearsal dinner?

Who should I invite to the rehearsal dinner?

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Diane, Cave Springs:

Our concern is that we have several out of town guest who will be arriving on Friday before the wedding.  Should I invite the guest to the rehearsal dinner?

Our budget is tight and would be an added expense.  We were planning on given the kiddos money for the honeymoon.  Thank you very much!  Love your blog!

Debbra,(the worker bee): Etiquette does not require you to invite out of town guests to the rehearsal dinner.  However, you can invite as many people as you would like, as long as your budget allows.

Here is a list of who should be included at the rehearsal dinner.

Anyone participating in the rehearsal:

The officiant (and spouse, if applicable)

The bridal party (bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, ring bearers)

Any readers and or singers

…And the couple’s close family (including steps):




Children from a previous relationship

Often included are also godparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Anyone on this list who is married, engaged or living romantically with someone should also be invited.  It would be a good idea to find out in advance if anyone on the list will bring a guest with them.

I have planned after parties(after rehearsal dinner) for some of my couples who have out of town guest so they will feel included.  They seemed to work really well.

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