Do We Have to Send Formal Invitations to the Rehearsal Dinner?

Etiquette, Showers & Parties

Whether you invite just your family, your out-of-town guests, or everyone on the guest list, your rehearsal dinner can be as formal or as low-key as you'd like. The one thing, however, that every rehearsal dinner has in common? Some sort of invitation to let guests know when and where it will be held! No matter how many people you're inviting, the question is: Do you have to send out formal invitations? Our experts weigh in.

Your options for inviting guests to the rehearsal dinner are to send a formal invitation (in the mail!), to send an online invitation, or to include the information either as an insert in your invitation or on your wedding website. What you choose depends on both how formal your rehearsal dinner is, and who is invited.

If your in-laws are hosting a formal sit-down dinner (we're talking a restaurant that probably has tablecloths and some sort of table service), you may want to opt for a printed invitation to convey some of that formality. Of course, the design options are endless and you can fit one that best fits the venue, but a paper invitation is the place to start for something on the fancier side.

Having a more casual dinner, at your favorite barbecue joint or in someone's backyard? A low-key celebration calls for a more low-key invitation, so e-vites are the way to go. Again, there are infinite possibilities for the design of your online invitation, but you'll begin to set the more relaxed scene with an invitation sent via email.

Of course, there are also more formal e-vite designs that could be great for a dressier rehearsal dinner. If you're on a tight timeline (or a tight budget!), you can definitely choose an e-vite over a printed invitation. Just be sure to pick a design and wording that fits your event to a T.

If you're having more of a welcome reception than a rehearsal dinner, and will be inviting all of your wedding guests, whether local or out-of-town, think about saving on postage and including the rehearsal dinner information in your wedding invitation. Include an insert with the date, time, and location (and dress code, if needed), and add a line to your RSVP card where guests can confirm whether they'll be able to join you the night before the wedding.

See More: Who Should Be Invited to the Rehearsal Dinner at a Destination Wedding?


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