Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Invitation Etiquette
~Relax and Enjoy~
Wedding rehearsal dinner invitation etiquette is a great way
to invite family, the wedding party and friends for an evening of fun
and relaxing the night before the big day.
The wedding rehearsal dinner is traditionally held immediately
following the wedding rehearsal. So, naturally the parents of the bride
and groom, the wedding party and family are invited. The wedding
officiant is also invited, however due to time constraints, they may
not be able to make it.
Wedding rehearsal dinner invitation etiquette has
traditionally had the parents of the groom hosting the event. In more
modern times, the bride and groom can host the event themselves. It all
depends on budget, distance and time constraints.
The wedding rehearsal dinner does not have to follow the
formality or theme of the wedding. It can be a sit-down dinner or a
backyard barbecue. It is a great time for the bride and groom to
express gratitude to all the wonderful people who have helped them plan
There are a few ways that the invitation to the dinner can be
extended. Because this generally isn't as formal as the wedding itself,
invitation etiquette shows that you can invite by paper, email or phone
Paper invitations have been the most traditional method of wedding
rehearsal dinner invitation etiquette. These can either be purchased
or, using your creativity, created from scratch. They do need to be
sent out 1 month before, so that your guests can plan and respond.
The wording on an invitation does not have to be anything that has been
set in stone. You can be as formal or informal as the dinner. The only
thing that is set in stone is that you include the information about
when, where, time, theme, date or not, and clothing and dress.
It is definitely within wedding rehearsal dinner invitation etiquette
to send out email invitations. This is a wonderful method to use, as it
takes less time to reach a number of people.
Using email etiquette when inviting to a rehearsal dinner is simply
including the date, time, location, theme, date or no date and what to
wear. It is easy to get an rsvp from an email too, as the recipient
just needs to send out a quick reply.
There are email invitation websites that you can use. These will give
you options on the look and feel of your invitations.
When you are extending an invitation over
the phone, use good telephone etiquette. This is a time when you do not
want to leave the details in a message with the invitees children.
Make sure you talk to the person that you are inviting. This way you
can give them all of the information: date, time, location, if they can
bring a date, theme and what to wear.
If you have a number of
invitations to extend, recruit some help. This way you are not spending
all day long on the phone. Make sure, if possible, that the invitations
are extended 1 month before the dinner.
The wedding rehearsal
dinner should be a fun night of laughing, expressing gratitude and
socializing. Your invitations will set the tone from the get go...