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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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