Invitation Wording for a Rehearsal Party

by Lara Webster

A wedding rehearsal dinner is an opportunity for the families of the bride and groom and the bridal party to celebrate the impending nuptials. While it is OK to invite guests over the phone or in person, providing a written invitation makes it easier for the recipients to remember the time and place of your dinner.

Tone

Invitations to a wedding rehearsal typically are casual in nature. Regardless of whether or not your actual wedding is going to be casual or formal, when it comes to the rehearsal dinner, you needn't worry about creating a weddinglike invitation. Rehearsal dinners are usually more laid back, so the invitation can reflect that mood. According to The Knot, it is acceptable to sign the invitation with only the first name of the person to whom guests are to RSVP. Don't worry about signing with the full name of the bride and groom.

Wording

Your rehearsal dinner invitation should be short and sweet. Start with a short introduction, such as "Please join us for a rehearsal dinner in honor of Joe and Jane" or "In anticipation of Joe and Jane's wedding, please join us for a rehearsal dinner." Follow the introduction with the date of the event as well as the location and time. Always include a phone number or email where guests can RSVP, or you might end up with the wrong head count.

Delivery

According to Emily Post, invitations for a wedding rehearsal dinner may be either printed or handwritten. If you're looking to save yourself a few dollars, deliver the invitations via email. Always make sure to give guests ample notice about the dinner. Don't send out the invitations at the last minute, especially if your guests are out-of-towners. Emily Post recommends sending the invites three to six weeks before the dinner.

Considerations

It is customary for the family of the groom to be responsible for the rehearsal dinner, though it is perfectly acceptable for the couple or the bride's family to take charge of it. In any case, the person or persons planning the dinner are responsible for the invitations. If your groom's family is planning the dinner, make sure they are provided with an accurate list of guest list and corresponding addresses. According to Emily Post, invitees may vary, but should include at least the wedding party, immediate family of the bride and groom and the officiant.

About the Author

Lara Webster has been writing professionally since 2009. Her work has been featured on Relationships in the Raw, The Nursery Book, Spark Trust and several travel-related websites. Webster holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in mass communication and media studies, both from San Diego State University.

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