I often get this question whenever a couple has asked me to create their rehearsal dinner invitations. I usually tell them, “It’s your rehearsal dinner. So ultimately, it’s up to you.” However, the Emily Post blog, Etiquette Daily, explains it much better than I!
Q: In general, what is the rule of thumb when extending invitations to a rehearsal dinner prior to a wedding?
A: We assume you mean who should be invited to the rehearsal dinner. If this is the case, guests at the rehearsal dinner include parents and grandparents of the bride and groom, siblings of the bride and groom, members of the wedding party, the officiant, and the spouses/fiances/fiancees/significant others of each of those guests. There is no reason to invite out of town guests unless space and finances permit and you desire to invite them – the rehearsal dinner is really the time for immediate family members and members of the bridal party to share special moments before the flurry of the wedding. Making the guest list too big detracts from this closeness. There is no need to invite a date for any single persons – but it is expected that significant others be invited. It also can be difficult to include aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. because there can be a huge number of them. It is up to you whether godparents or a very close aunt and uncle are invited.
One of my favorite wedding stationery trends is the incorporation of fabric and sewing. Thanks to Ms. Messmer’s Home Economics class (circa 1995), I love sewing! So of course, I’m going to thoroughly enjoy this creative combination. I was lucky enough to utilize my skills with a wedding I did last year (thanks Beth). We incorporated the fabric from the bridesmaid dresses into the closure that wrapped around each invitation.
Here are a few other samples that I found on one of my favorite blogs, Oh So Beautiful Paper…
Cross Stitch Cards by: Leobella Boutique
Ceremony Program by: papercraft
I don’t know about you, but every now and then I hear a bride tell me what her wedding colors are and I think, “WHAT?” But it’s only after I’ve seen the colors together that I realize how beautifully they complement each other. Here are a handfull of my very favorite vintage wedding color combos.
Love these western inspired wedding invites I found on Oh So Beautiful Paper.
Designed and Photographed By: Kristy Rice from Momental Designs
When I was a child, my parents took me to Disneyland all the time. Most kids would want hats or candy or toys as souvenirs, but what did I want? That old-timey silhouette drawing! Remember these…
Now I feel as though I’ve come full-circle! Check out these stunning silhouette infused wedding invitations I found on Oh So Beautiful Paper! LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!!!!
I love when couples incorporate a little hometown love when choosing/designing their wedding invitations. Not only does it make for a great “theme,” but it also adds that personal touch. Check out these lovely local inspired invites… Enjoy!
The City by the Bay (San Fancisco)
The Big Apple (New York City)
For any of you who think that letterpress invitations are way out of your budget, I’m here to tell you that you’re in luck! Currently, all of my designs are on sale over at Jupiter and Juno! Get them while you can because the sale won’t last forever.
Here’s my newest creation…the Dara suite. If you’re interested in purchasing any of these, simply click here.
Another simple, yet elegant invitation I created for Jupiter and Juno. I love the envelope colors that the couple chose! Really made the invites pop! If you’re interested in purchasing this suite, simply click here.
A7 invitation, A2 response card
Paper: 110 lb (300 gsm) Crane Pearl White
Ink Colors: Coral, Dark Grey
Press: Circa 1950 Heidelberg Windmill
Printer: Jupiter and Juno
Photo By: Jessika Feltz Photography
I’ve noticed so many couples choosing to incorporate grey into their color schemes. This may sound drab and dark, but it’s quite the contrary! Check out some of these stunning grey infused wedding invites!
I know the Olympics just wrapped up last night, but I couldn’t resist sharing these amazing invitations I found on Invitation Crush. To see the entire post, be sure to check out their blog by clicking here.
Jo Summers (concept), The Marketing Arm (agency),
Danielle McLelland (designer) and Jarvis Press (printer).