Q: Do you have to send out written invitations to the rehearsal dinner?

A: Only if you want to—it's generally understood that the rehearsal dinner is a scheduled event for immediate families and the wedding party, held the night before the wedding. And if your rehearsal dinner is a backyard barbecue, engraved invitations would be a touch much. Either pick up the phone and give your invitees the scoop on the soiree or greet the invited guests at their hotels with a schedule of the whens and wheres of the weekend. But if you're having an elegant sit-down dinner, or are inviting 36 guests on top of your wedding party and family, a written invite might be best—and be most convenient—for you and the guests.

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