How to Send Rehearsal Dinner Invitations

by Barbie Carpenter ; Updated September 28, 2017

Mail invitations so that guests have plenty of time to plan.

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Family, bridal party members and out-of-town guests usually receive invitations to the rehearsal dinner. Rehearsal dinner invitations give guests information about the event. Whether you order rehearsal dinner invitations or make them at home, you will need to send the invitations to guests with enough time for you to collect responses.

Create a guest list. Work with your spouse-to-be and your rehearsal dinner hosts—often the groom’s parents—to create a guest list. You should invite any wedding participants who will attend the rehearsal—from the bridesmaids and groomsmen to the flower girl and reader. In addition, invite close family members. If your venue space and budget allows, you can also invite out-of-town guests so that they have something to do the night before your wedding.

Address the envelopes. You can address your rehearsal dinner invitation envelopes much like your wedding invitations—include the guests’ names on the first line (for example, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hill) followed by their address and city, state and zip code on the following lines. Since rehearsal dinner invitations are less formal than wedding invitations, you can write the address by hand or print them on your home computer—there is no need for formal calligraphy.

Drop the invitations in the mail four to six weeks before the rehearsal dinner, whether you’re having your rehearsal dinner in the groom’s parents’ backyard or at an upscale restaurant. Send rehearsal dinner invitations after your wedding invitations, but with enough time to collect responses.


  • A well-organized guest list can make sending the rehearsal dinner invitations a simple process.

    If you are hosting a small rehearsal dinner or don’t want to spend the money on printed invitations, you can call guests to invite them to the event, according to WedNet. Rehearsal dinners are much more relaxed than weddings, so printed and mailed invitations are not required.

    If you have your guests’ email addresses, think about sending a virtual invitation. You can use an e-invitation website or simply send the invitation in an email. In addition to cutting down on costs, this option is environmentally friendly.

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Barbie Carpenter worked as a technical writer and editor in the defense industry for six years. She also served as a newspaper feature page editor and nationally syndicated columnist for the Hearst Corp. Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Florida and a graduate certificate in professional writing from the University of Central Florida.