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August 26, 2020

Who Gets an Invite to the Rehearsal Dinner or Welcome Party

The events leading up to your wedding day are just as special. When considering size and budget, you also need to decide who is going to be invited if you are hosting a rehearsal dinner or welcome party.

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Traditionally, the rehearsal dinner should include the wedding party and immediate family. Consider your budget and where you choose to hold the rehearsal dinner if you are covering the entire cost. If you are hosting the bar at your wedding, you may want to opt for a cash bar at the rehearsal if you want to invite more guests. Offering your wedding party to bring a guest is also your choice based on budget and venue size. Lastly, you want to consider any out of town guests that have traveled far to be at your wedding. An invite is a customary thank you for being willing to take extra time for your big day.

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A welcome party can follow the rehearsal dinner or take place on a totally separate day. This celebration is meant for more guests and includes any local friends and family who want to participate. Couples often choose to send out a formal invitation that matches the theme of their stationary to symbolize this is a pre-wedding day party! It’s always fun to host your welcome party at a venue that reflects your interests like a vineyard or a bowling alley! While a welcome party is typically informal, you can plan any type of gathering.

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