The wording for invitations to a wedding's rehearsal dinner will vary depending on who is hosting the dinner. This is traditionally done by the groom's family. However, such traditions are fading, and the dinner may be hosted by the bride and groom, a parent of the bride or groom or a family friend. Invitations to the rehearsal dinner should be extended to all members of the wedding party and all parents of the couple being married.
Hosted by the Groom's Family
When hosted by the groom's family, formal invitations might read, "Mr. and Mrs. William Lane request your company at a rehearsal dinner in honor of Julie and Daniel, at six o'clock in the evening, Friday, the 25th of September, 2009, at the Coach House Restaurant in Milltown, Virginia." A more casual invitation might simply read, "Join us as we celebrate with Julie and Daniel at their rehearsal dinner, at 6 p.m. on Friday, the 25th of September, 2009, at the Coach House Restaurant in Milltown, Virginia."
Hosted by the Couple
If you and your intended are hosting the rehearsal dinner yourselves, feel free to be as formal or as casual as you like. "Eat, drink, and be merry with us, Alexander Batson and Paul Flagler, at our rehearsal dinner on Saturday, October 10, 2009, at 4 p.m. at our place, 523 Eagle Drive, Holland Park, Michigan." A more formal invitation could read, " Alexander Batson and Paul Flagler invite you to celebrate with them at their rehearsal dinner, at six o'clock in the evening on Saturday, the tenth of October, 2009, at their home, 523 Eagle Drive, Holland Park, Michigan."
Hosted by Friends
For rehearsal dinners hosted by neither the couple themselves nor their families, make the invitation information clear and include the hosts' names at the bottom of the invitation: "Please join us to toast Sally and Erik at their rehearsal dinner Tuesday, October 6, 2009, at 6 p.m. at the Staunton Bistro. Molly and Jules Smith."