One of the most important elements of a wedding is the invitation. Along with the photo album and video, the invitations are keepsakes that last a life time. They also set the stage for the wedding by giving invited guests a feel for the overall class and production of the occasion. Just as the rehearsal dinner is a big part of the wedding, the rehearsal dinner invitations can be just as important as the wedding invitations when it comes to giving a positive impression on the event. Keep in mind too that years later, this invitation will be something the bride will proudly show her children and even their potential spouses.
One element of these invitations is to whom they’re sent. It’s pretty simple. Anyone who has had a hand in making the wedding happen should receive invitations to the rehearsal dinner. This includes the parents of the bride and groom, as well as the bridal party, and any other family and friends who the bride and groom think should attend. The person who officiates the wedding should also be invited. Remember, this isn’t something for all the wedding guests, but rather for all the people who play a role in the ceremony whether they helped planned it, or will walk the aisle or participate in another way.
There are a lot of options for designing and printing these invitations. Many people opt to have the people who create the wedding invitation create these as well. It makes good sense. This tactic means one vendor provides all the services, making it easier in general to handle the invitation portion of the entire wedding. Also important is a consistent design. The design remains the same, or can be a kind of riff on the main wedding invitation design, if the same artist or designer is involved with both. Consider too the element of bulk discount. It’s more likely to get a little discount if all the invitations are designed and printed by the same entity. But the reception dinner is generally handled by the parents of the groom. While the bride and groom will be involved in every aspect of the wedding, the groom’s parents may feel more special if they can deal with these invitations outside the parameters of the actual wedding invitations. A slightly different design might also add some variety and spice to the wedding.
The wedding reception is a big part of the overall experience. It’s almost like a free throw in basketball. It seems pretty mundane, but if handled correctly the rehearsal dinner invitations add an important element to the wedding, while if handled poorly the entire wedding could be ruined.