With all of the wedding plans, it is easy to forget about the Rehearsal Dinner. While some couples turn the night into a mini-wedding reception, we have opted to keep the night intimate. We are inviting only family and the bridal party.
There are very few etiquette rules regarding the rehearsal dinner. The dinner should be complimentary to your guests. Your guest list should include those individuals that are participating in the wedding rehearsal. Usually, this includes the bridal party, ushers, and readers.
Finally-- and this is my personal opinion-- the rehearsal dinner should never be more formal than the wedding.
Here is a list of places that we have looked at in Chicago. We're close to making our decision.