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Keep your rehearsal dinner light and casual: a barbeque, clambake, pasta supper---anything non-formal that will let you chill out with your guests. If possible, have your dinner two nights ahead instead of the night before . . . you'll have a more relaxing wedding eve, you'll hopefully get more sleep, and you'll have the chance to catch your breath before the big day.
You only need to send invitations to the rehearsal dinner if you're inviting guests from out of town. Having just your families and wedding party you'll know how many people to expect, but it's a good idea to have RSVPs if you're inviting any people outside that basic group so you know how much food/space you'll need.
If you're not thrilled about the idea of inviting out of town guests to your rehearsal dinner but feel guilting not doing so, you might want to consider having your rehearsal dinner two days before your wedding---no guests will have arrived, and you won't feel guilty for not inviting them.
Who you invite to your rehearsal dinner is up to you. At the very least you invite your and your beloved's immediate families, your wedding party, and their spouses or significant others. If you'd like, you can also invited out of town guests who have arrived for the wedding.
Place cards usually aren't necessary for the head table, but if you want to use them, you can either match the style of formality to the rest of your place cards, or go with first names only since they're your friends and relative and there aren't that many of you at the table. The choice is yours, as there isn't really any right or wrong way to go about it when planning your wedding reception events.