The rehearsal dinner typically includes the bride and groom, along with their parents, the people in the wedding party and anyone else the bride and groom wish to invite. It can be a formal or casual affair. Naturally, guests may want to share the evening with the person important in their life, but it's not always appropriate.

Can You Bring a Date?

The groom's family traditionally pays for the rehearsal dinner, though this may be an expense that the bride and groom take on themselves. Adding an extra person to the mix can mean an extra $50 or more, depending on the style of the dinner. You should receive an invitation to the dinner, and that invitation will let you know whether it's OK to bring a date or not. If your date's name appears on the invitation, or if the invitation says "and guest," you can bring a date. Otherwise, you should expect to go solo. Typically, if you're married or in a long-term relationship, that person will be invited.