Rules to apply for Rehearsal Dinner Invites (RDIs)…
Rule 1: Have fun with the in-laws. The RD is (traditionally) the grooms parent’s event, (if this is the case) it is an opportunity to spend some time with the mother of the groom. Get a pedi, visit a few RD sites, talk about both your styles and how they could both be incorporated into the evening.
Rule 2: Keep it simple.
Rule 3: Add a hint of style from your wedding invitations. This could simply be reflected in color, the fonts or a monogram but be sure they don’t over shadow.
Rule 4: Update your guests on the who, what, where. One of the biggest mistakes made on RDIs is that the actual rehearsal information is left off. Be sure to include the following:
- Name of the event (RD)
- Name of the couple
- The date
- The time/place for the ceremony rehearsal
- The time/place for the dinner
- Hosts information
- Include either regrets only/RSVP with a phone number/email
- Accommodation information if applies
- Wedding website information if applies
- Convey to your invitee that they can bring a guest and/or family
Below is an example of my sister’s RDI. I worked with Kate and her Mother-in-law to design a simple invitation that captured the rustic feel of their wedding. The invitation is 6-1/2″x6-1/2″ square with grey printing on craft paper cardstock. The couple’s name and date of the RD is on a raised panel to reinforce who we were celebrating and when we should raise our glasses!
Photography Credit: Kelly Pratt Photography