How to Find the Perfect Rehearsal Dinner Invitation Wording

Here's everything to include on your rehearsal dinner invitations, plus some suggested wording.
Wedding rehearsal invitation
Devon Jarvis
The Knot
Updated Sep 14, 2020
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To make sure you get hitched without a hitch, you'll likely want to do a quick run-through or wedding rehearsal before your Big Day. The wedding rehearsal gives you the perfect excuse to hold a rehearsal dinner afterward with your closest friends and family. Of course, if you expect anyone to show up to the meal, you'll need to send out the proper invites (check out our favorites from The Knot Invitations). What should you say? Here's what you need to know about rehearsal dinner invitation wording.

Why Send Out Wedding Invites

While rehearsal dinner invitations don't have to be as formal as your wedding invites, guests who already have a list of dates, locations and times to remember will appreciate the gesture of a paper or emailed invitation. If your wedding rehearsal will take place right before the dinner, simply list the time and place of the rehearsal in one corner of the invitation and the time and place of the dinner in the other. If you choose to send a separate invitation for your rehearsal dinner, send them out shortly after your wedding invitations to help everyone keep their schedules straight and ensure timely RSVPs.

Who Should Make the Wedding Rehearsal Invite List?

Who should you invite to your wedding rehearsal dinner? That is entirely up to you and to the people footing the bill . One of the primary purposes of the wedding dinner is to introduce the couple's family members to one another and to help them get reacquainted. If money is tight, then focus just on inviting your close family. Keep the venue in mind. If you're hosting the dinner at a family member's house or a restaurant, you may need to keep your guest list small.

Other than that, the sky's the limit. If you have the space and budget, include your close friends and out-of-town guests whom you don't see very often. Heck, if you want, you can invite your entire wedding guest list.

How to Choose your Rehearsal Dinner Invites

Your rehearsal invites don't need to match the theme, colors or formality of your wedding. In fact, if you want, your rehearsal dinner can have its own theme and vibe. Consider that theme when choosing your invites. If you want the dinner to be fancy, you can buy physical invitations. A less formal dinner may call for email invites. You can find plenty of sample rehearsal dinner invitations on Etsy and online invitation websites.

For Rehearsal Dinner Invitations Included With the Wedding Invitation

Not sure what the right rehearsal dinner wording should be? Here are three simple samples you can use.

Please also join us for a

rehearsal dinner

in honor of

Susan and Joe

Friday, September 3

at 6 p.m.

BlackFinn Restaurant and Saloon

19 East 7th Street

Cincinnati, Ohio

Please reply to Amanda


For Rehearsal Dinner Invitations as a Separate Paper Invitation

A rehearsal dinner

in anticipation of

Susan & Joe's wedding day

Please join us

Friday, September 3

at 6 p.m.

for drinks and dinner

BlackFinn Restaurant and Saloon

19 E. 7th St.

Cincinnati, Ohio

Please RSVP to Amanda


For Rehearsal Dinner Invitations In an Email

Please join us to celebrate with

Susan & Joe

at their rehearsal dinner

Friday, September 3, at 6 p.m.

BlackFinn Restaurant and Saloon

19 E. 7th St.

Cincinnati, Ohio

Rehearsal immediately preceding dinner

at St. Anthony's Cathedral.

RSVP to Amanda at (XXX) XXX-XXXX or in a reply to this email.

Find rehearsal dinner invitation ideas here.

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