Traditionally, the guest list for the rehearsal dinner includes everyone that was at the actual wedding rehearsal (all wedding party members), spouses of anyone participating in the wedding party, the immediate family of both the bride and the groom, and the officiant (and if applicable, their spouse).

Today, many rehearsal dinners often include out-of-town guests, close family friends, and extended family members. These invitations are purely optional, and should only be done if the budget and venue allows for it, and if the couple wishes to broaden the celebration.