Q: My fiancé's parents are planning the rehearsal dinner and they're not sure whom to invite. I know the wedding party is asked but are there others we should include?
A: Definitely. If any of your wedding-party members are married or engaged, you should invite their spouses or fiancés. You'll also want to include your immediate family, parents of any children in your wedding (if the children are too young they're not obligated to attend), and the officiant and his/her spouse. You can also invite your grandparents, aunts and uncles and any out-of-town guests arriving for the wedding to give them an opportunity to get acquainted with one another. (If you prefer a more intimate gathering, then consider asking a friend or relative to host a cocktail party or tea for your out-of-town guests).
Your rehearsal dinner can be as formal or as informal as you prefer - from a poolside party to a sit-down dinner. A word of caution, though: Don't overdo the merrymaking! You'll want to be well-rested, looking gorgeous and feeling fresh on the big day. In fact, many smart brides and grooms are opting to have their rehearsal and dinner two days before the wedding so they can relax and get plenty of rest the following day.