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Posted on February 24, 2020

Rehearsal Dinner Etiquette

Your rehearsal dinner is the final step before the wedding day. It’s a chance to work out any kinks in the wedding day schedule, let people know when and where to be and to bond with those closest to you. 

But who should you invite and where should you have it? Don’t worry–we’ve come up with a guide to rehearsal dinner etiquette. 

The Guest List

You may have a guest list in the hundreds for your wedding day–but your rehearsal dinner invites should not be that extensive. In fact, there are only key individuals that must be invited–the rest of the list is up to you and your spouse to be.

Have a pencil ready? On your guest list for the rehearsal dinner, be sure to include:

  • The officiant
  • The wedding party and their plus one
  • Any readers, ushers, etc.
  • Parents and grandparents
  • Flower girl and ring bearer plus their parents

When To Have It

Traditionally, couples tend to have the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding. But in reality, you can have it whenever you want. If you have members of the bridal party coming in days before the wedding, it may be useful to have it a few nights before the wedding. 

It may also be of use to you to have it the Wednesday before the wedding if you are decorating your venue the day before the wedding. You have a lot on your plate–make it practical for you. 

Where To Have It

Again, this is really up to you. Having it at a restaurant (like Le Manhattan Bistro) is often a great way to get everyone out, but is not as formal of a setting as the actual wedding. Some couples may even prefer a casual get together at someone’s home, a pizza shop, etc. Make it fun, and as stress-free as it can be. 

The Rehearsal Dinner Run Down

Your rehearsal dinner could be a lot of things. It’s an opportunity to relax in the hours leading up to the wedding as well as a time to visit with your bridal party and their guests in a way you may not be able to the following day. 

But it should also be an opportunity for you and your partner to thank everyone who is playing a key role in the big day as well as go over last-minute responsibilities, time frames, etc. 


On your wedding day, your best man and maid of honor will toast to the bride and groom. But the rehearsal dinner is a great way for you and your spouse to thank everyone, but for the groom’s father (or whoever is hosting the rehearsal dinner if it is not you and your spouse) to say words of wisdom and encouragement for the wedding day and years to come. 

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