Rehearsal Dinner for a Destination Wedding

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JmeRaylynn Posts : 7 Registered: 8/24/09
Rehearsal Dinner for a Destination Wedding
Posted: Sep 25, 2009 10:42 AM

Are we expected to take all guests out for the rehearsal dinner at a destination wedding, or just the wedding party?

Thanks!!

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auntofthebride Posts : 9,354 Registered: 4/2/06
Re: Rehearsal Dinner for a Destination Wedding
Posted: Sep 26, 2009 3:52 PM Go to message in response to: JmeRaylynn

Dear JR,

Strictly speaking, a rehearsal dinner is for the people involved in the rehearsal. You rehearse the wedding, then have a meal together.

It's also a social event, so any established couples must be invited together. That means married, engaged, etc. You also need to include the parents of any children in the wedding party (FG, RB) as you cannot have have children at an adult party without at least one parent. Finally, parents and grandparents are usually included, because traditionally the groom's parents are the hosts.

So, who's left? A destination wedding usually has a limited guest list. If you have 20 people coming to the DW, and 15 of them are wedding party, spouses, fiancé(e)s, sig others, parents, etc, it seems kind of weird to exclude the remaining 5 from the rehearsal dinner. What do you expect them to do? Sit at another table at the same resort?

On the other hand, if your wedding party is small and there are significant numbers who do not fall under the must-invite umbrella, then it would be OK to include only wedding party members at the rehearsal dinner.

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MaunaLaniBride Posts : 631 Registered: 3/31/06
Re: Rehearsal Dinner for a Destination Wedding
Posted: Sep 26, 2009 8:06 PM Go to message in response to: JmeRaylynn

We invited everyone (we had about 70 guests at our DW) however instead of a formal dinner, we did the rehearsal the morning the day before the wedding and had a beach BBQ (we had it catered by a local joint, it was pretty inexpensive). This left the evening open for everyone...although we did arrange a group rate at a luau the night before the wedding (we didn't pay for everyone).

Since people are coming such a long way, I think it's nice to have a chance to see them a little bit more than the wedding reception so inviting them to the meal after the rehearsal (whether it's lunch or dinner) is a nice gesture...certainly not required.

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Renee86 Posts : 159 Registered: 5/30/08
Re: Rehearsal Dinner for a Destination Wedding
Posted: Sep 27, 2009 12:55 AM Go to message in response to: JmeRaylynn

I was going to suggest what PP^ did. If you would like to include the non-wedding party/family guests, you could make the rehearsal dinner into a welcome party or something.

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dalesbride Posts : 20 Registered: 7/8/09
Re: Rehearsal Dinner for a Destination Wedding
Posted: Sep 27, 2009 6:13 PM Go to message in response to: JmeRaylynn

we are getting married at a Sandals and if you have 10 rooms they give you a free private rehearsal dinner with meal choices/ etc. Or you can use it as a welcome dinner if you want a more private rehearsal dinner with only the wedding party. Where are you getting married?
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