Rehearsal Dinner party: invitations
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How to invite
If your rehearsal dinner is going to be a fancy affair with lots of out-of-town guests in a hotel banquet room, a country club, or some place similarly dressed up, you should send formal invitations. You’ll also want people to RSVP so you have a head count for the caterer. If, on the other hand, your rehearsal dinner will be fairly low-key or small—a party at a restaurant or an intimate gathering at your future in-laws’ home—then you don’t need to be as “official” with your invitations. You can send e-vites, use DIY invites, or call to personally ask people to join you. Just make sure it’s clear to your guests where they need to be and when.
When to send invites
If you’re sending out invitations, get them out with — or shortly after — your wedding invitations to help everyone keep their schedules straight, book their travel plans, and ensure timely RSVPs. Give far-flung attendants the basic plans far in advance so they can book flights with the proper arrival time.