Wedding Rehearsal Dinner: Should Wedding Helpers Be Invited to Rehearsal Dinner?

Q:

I have asked some dear friends to help set up for my wedding. Although they are not in the wedding party, should I still invite them to the rehearsal dinner?

A:

You should absolutely, positively invite them to the rehearsal dinner! Even though these friends are not standing up at the wedding as attendants, they are still a big part of the celebration, and you should definitely include them the evening before the wedding. They will surely appreciate the gesture.