The rehearsal dinner has become almost as festive as the wedding itself.Â Itâ€™s a time to celebrate your upcoming wedding in a relaxed atmosphere.Â
WhoÂ should you invite?Â Your guest list for your rehearsal dinner should include members of your wedding party, the officiant, parents, and grandparents of the bride and groom, and siblings of the bride and groom who are not in the wedding party.Â If you have stepparents, they are invited with their spouses, yet should not be seated next to their former spouses.Â The wedding partyâ€™s husbands, wives, fiancĂ©s, fiancĂ©es, and live-in companions should be invited, yet dates are not normally included.Â Any children of the bride and groom from a previous marriage should attend, unless they are too young.Â The flower girl, ring bearer, junior bridesmaid, and junior groomsman may be included, unless the hour or the formality makes it difficult for them to attend.Â Would recommend inviting their parents (if they arenâ€™t in the wedding party) so you have supervision.
What about my out-of-town guests?Â Before adding all of your out-of-town guests, sit down and review your budget for the event with your fiancĂ©.Â If your budget would be able to accommodate them, then it would be a nice gesture.Â Remember when you include one out-of-town guest, you should include most of them.Â If this doesnâ€™t work for your budget, you may want to arrange an informal meeting for them at their hotel, or a nearby restaurant to meet them at another time so they feel welcomed.
Copyright 2012, Kim Horn, MBCâ„˘
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Kim M. Horn, MBCâ„˘
Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 61 in the World
Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Phoenix and Destination Weddings
Publisher | Pres. | ArizonaBridalSource.com
AZ State Coordinator | Assoc. of Bridal Consultants May 2003 â€“ May 2012
ABC 2010 Conference Chair worked with David Tutera