Rehearsal Dinner Etiquette
The rehearsal dinner is a relatively new tradition in the long history of weddings. This North American concept was invented to help the relatives from each side get to know one another. Typically the groom's parents will pay for this event. With the blending of families and differing financial backgrounds, there are always exceptions to the rules.
Types of Rehearsal Dinners
Rehearsal dinners can be very informal or superformal, depending on what the bride and the groom want. The first choice should always be made available to the parents of the groom. If they are simply not in any condition to host a dinner for fifty, the bride and groom might be able to help offset their costs. However, it is not uncommon for the parents of the bride to also foot the bill for this event, depending on the logistics and family backgrounds.
Who to Invite
The wedding party (including parents and grandparents) along with their significant others, the officiant, and his or her spouse are always invited to the rehearsal dinner. An invitation to the rehearsal dinner may also be given to extended families, out-of-town guests, and, if possible, the entire guest list.