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Wediquette Wednesday: Who should we invite to the rehearsal dinner?

Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. This week, we are offering up a reader question about rehearsal dinners.

Question: My fiancée and I aren’t sure who we are oblgated to invite to our rehearsal dinner. Our wedding will be small, with about 50 of our closest family and friends. She wants to invite all of the wedding guests, but I thought it was supposed to be just the wedding party (we each have one person) and immediate family.

Answer: First, congratulations on your engagement, the wedding and your marriage. It’s an exciting, but sometimes hectic and confusing time. Even with a small wedding, there are a lot of moving parts. If it’s in your budget to invite all of the guests to the rehearsal, go for it.  There’s no rule against it. It will be a great way for guests who haven’t met to get to know one another, which always creates a more festive atmosphere the day of the wedding. A more casual setting in which guests can mix and mingle would be better than a more formal seated dinner for that number of people. Typically however, you wouldn’t invite anyone who isn’t already attending the wedding.

Do you have a wedding etiquette question? Share in the comments or email Melanie@MyNewOrleans.Com.

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