Most folks are aware of the etiquette surrounding wedding invitations, and that formal stationery is often chosen, printed, hand-addressed and sent out to invite guests to their event. But what about the rehearsal dinner?

The rehearsal dinner is a more intimate gathering of the couple’s family and close friends (bridal party), and perhaps a few others. It usually takes place the Friday night before the wedding and traditionally follows the wedding rehearsal at the church or venue. The object is to get both sets of families and loved ones together in a relaxed atmosphere before the wedding, to mingle and get to know each other better, if they aren’t well acquainted already.

Invitations to this event are less formal than wedding invitations and people can be invited either through personal telephone calls, emails, or paper stationery – I personally think the latter is best, so that out-of-town guests can plan ahead.  The Knot website has some good information here, as well as possible wording for the invitation and tips on when to send them out.

Wedding Paper Divas has another good example:

Studio Basics: Rehearsal Dinner Invitations Dapper Approach - Front : Dark Gray

I recently had the pleasure of accompanying my friend Kelly to purchase the invitations for her son Austin’s wedding rehearsal dinner. She chose an ivory invitation that will display a picture of the happy couple along with a monogram – more casual than the wedding invitation but still perfect for their style. Visiting a stationery store is also a good idea, so that you can brainstorm with an expert.

Hope this info helps lots of couples and families out there, as well as my recent brides who have been asking! 😉