They say practice makes perfect, and when planning a wedding, perfect is always the goal – it’s maybe the last day ever that you want surprise mishaps. Your rehearsal dinner is like a pre-wedding celebration, and the groom’s parents typically host it. But who should be invited?
Who Gets Invited
If you are planning a small dinner, start with those that will be essential for the ceremony rehearsal.The VIPs of your wedding celebration are who you should be thinking about, and that is often around 10 to 25 people. Parents, siblings, the wedding party (along with their dates), ushers, readers, and of course, your officiant.
This is an obvious mention but a much-needed one. The immediate family of the married couple should always be invited to the rehearsal dinner. Parents, siblings, and grandparents are usually included. A wedding is the joining of a couple but also the merging of two families.
Close Extended Family
You shouldn’t feel obligated to invite all your uncles, aunts, cousins, etc. However, small families can often get away with it. Godparents or other favorite close extended family members may make the cut.
This is a must, along with any plus-ones the bridal party may have; however, the plus-one can be optional. The flower girl or ring bearer can also be invited, but it often depends on the age and relationship.
It would be a nice gesture to invite guests attending your wedding from out of town since they are taking time and money to get to you and celebrate. However, each situation is unique. If you have a destination wedding, their travel is no different from that of anyone else. You can opt for a welcome party for everyone, instead of inviting them to the rehearsal dinner.
Often, couples choose officiants that they have close relationships with, and if that’s the case with your wedding, you may want to invite them.
Now, this is truly the last supper – at least, before your two lives are forever one – so enjoy it!
10+ Net Worth of the World’s Biggest Celebrities
Fine – Money can’t buy “happiness.” But there are a lot of other things it can buy, and these celebrities know that best… Thanks to their outstanding net worth, these A-listers can afford to splurge on whatever makes them happy.
Celine Dion – $800 Million
Celine Dion is well on her way to the billionaires club, after a long and prosperous career. Her voice has reached most people around the world, either through their ears, or through the big screen, which couldn’t keep her voice out of the movies. She has more than twenty albums to her name, and has been selling out tours for decades.
Harrison Ford – $230 Million
Amidst the rise of superheroes and wildly imaginative science fiction, Harrison Ford managed to completely win everyone over as a brave adventurer but also a normal guy – without any special powers or enhanced weapons. He was the grumpy protagonist that everyone could relate to – only he got to have way more fun, playing timeless favorites like Star Wars’ Han Solo, Indiana Jones, Blade Runner’s Deckard, and more. He’s 77 today, but don’t expect him to retire any time soon.
Serena Williams $225 Million
37-Year-Old Serena Williams has snagged 23 Grand Slam titles (the most of any player in history), 72 titles overall and is beloved on and off the court. But her prize money has only brought in $89 million (which is $50 million more than any other professional female tennis player) of her net worth. For the last 15 years, she’s had a $40 million five-year Nike deal, along with Beats by Dre, Gatorade, Intel, Wilson, Aston Martin and more. Williams founded her own investment company called Serena Ventures, and has invested in 34 startups according to Forbes.
Lady Gaga – $300 million
Born Stefani Germanotta, the megastar known today as Lady Gaga has been performing her whole life, starting as a piano prodigy at age 4. By 14, she had her first performance in a New York City nightclub. Today, her other tour sales exceed $200 million. Her Las Vegas residency earnings have already topped other major stars like Celine Dion, Elton John, and Britney Spears. She has her own fragrance and makeup line. And on top of all this, she’s endorsed by many companies such as Versace, Google Chrome, MAC, and Bud Light, and Barnes & Noble.
Leonardo DiCaprio – $245 Million
Leonardo DiCaprio’s been in the business almost his entire life, and wowed the world with so much incredible talent early on that he got his first Academy Award nomination before he was 20 – though he had to keep at it for another couple of decades before finally winning one, to everyone’s relief. Throughout his career, his character strengths transformed from a young heartwarmer to a young heartbreaker to an older and more sophisticated renegade man – all with equal appeal and finesse.
Madonna – $850 Million
In the words of her dear friend Sting, “Madonna is all woman, and all women.” Staying true to her birth name, she evolved into an actual madonna throughout her lifetime, from her young years as a rebellious feminist to her later years as a performer and poet. She broke all the rules in the music scene, and she pulled it off. And at 61, she’s still going strong. It’s no wonder she’s an absolute icon in the music scene, or that she’s worth almost a billion dollars…
Richard Branson – $5 Billion
Richard Branson also hasn’t starred in any movies, but as the founder of the transational corporation Virgin Group, he’s one of the richest people in the world. Virgin began as a simple record store, but today it boasts as one of the world’s major airline and cellphone proprietors – profitable industries, to say the least. And if you haven’t heard of Virgin Galactic yet, get ready for this: today, it’s even preparing for space travel. Anything Virgin hasn’t done yet, it most likely will in the future.
Tim & Faith – $135 million
Before your eyes bug out at the number these humble country stars look at in their bank account, it’s important to clarify that $135 is their combined net worth – not individual. But as far as country music goes, these two (both alone and together) are about as big as country stars get, frequently crossing over into the top popular music charts. The duo’s recent Soul2Soul II Tour was the highest-grossing country tour of all time, leading to their record-breaking success.
George Clooney – $500 Million
George Clooney just seems to be getting better with age. He might be 57 years old, but people of every age seem to want a piece of his movie magic. And while his face is extremely handsome, people often report that it’s hard to look anywhere but his entrancing eyes. As a movie star spanning three decades and counting, producer, and spokesperson-turned-owner of Casamigos Tequila, his riches are coming in from many corners of the elite world.
Barbara Streisand – $400 million
Barbra Streisand brought new meaning to the concept of fame. With so much talent and a knack for performance, she was sought after for her incredible voice and eventually for her acting talents as well. But one of the traits she’s most iconic for is her self-determination in the face of the entertainment industry’s pressures to be a slave to her appearance – making her a true inspiration to people everywhere for even more than the talents she was blessed with.
Sean Connery – $300 Million
What can’t Sean Connery do? His face, his voice, and even his eyebrows are more famous alone than many other actors attempting his creed. Although he’s from Scotland, his enigmatic accent has confounded audiences for decades – making him seem like more of a citizen of the world. But the original James Bond has spent the better part of his life making fans fall weak at the knees. He celebrates his earnings with a home in the tropical Bahamas, where he was even photographed once for Louis Vuitton.
Cher – $360 Million
The “Goddess of Pop” was born Cherilyn Sarkisian to a truck driver and a bit actress, but today, we all know her as just Cher. But what many people don’t know, or easily forget while the 71-year-old legend continues to croon to crowds around the world, is that she actually first gained fame as an actress on Sonny & Cher all the way back in the 1960’s. With her first album released in 1965 and her most recent released just last year, she has a repertoire spanning over half a century – and it has been fruitful.
Dolly Parton – $500 Million
Dolly Parton is famous for a long list of things – revolutionizing female country music, turning down Elvis Presley for a date, and having her own theme park, Dollywood. But her career is a total legend itself. With 41 albums made and over 3,000 songs written, Dolly has accomplished more in one lifetime than dozens of other famous musicians have combined, and has grown into a notable and award-worthy philanthropist. Despite her extensive wealth, she still lives in Tennessee, where she was born.
Meghan Markle – $5 Million
…But that’s just without Harry. No doubt her royal matrimony has changed her net worth quite significantly – but before marrying her prince charming, Meghan already had her career going, and very nicely at that. She was one of the stars of the ever-popular show Suits, which paid her a more than comfortable sum per episode for a few years. The role also brought endorsements, sponsorships, and other acting gig offers her way. So that’s that – she’s truly a Duchess for the love.
Keanu Reeves – $360 Million
Today, Keanu Reeves’ name just can’t stay out of anyone’s conversations. Between his kind deeds and his sage wisdom, the world can’t get enough of what he has to say and do. And judging by his bank account, it seems like he might be making a few bucks off every mention of his name around the world…but of course, it could also be from his huge box office hits like The Matrix, Speed and other great movies such as John Wick.
Beyoncé – $500 Million
Beyoncé has come a long, long way since her early career with the girl band Destiny’s Child back in the 1990s (not that anyone wants to forget them anytime soon). Fans call her “Queen” more often than the British even call the queen herself, and it’s not hard to hear – or see – why. With a voice that sounds like it descended straight from heaven pairing with her impeccable and mesmerizing performances, the singer is certainly “irreplaceable.” And you could say her bank account is as well.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – $200 Million
What is the price of laughter? According to Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ bank account, it’s $200 million. Throughout her life, it became clear that being funny was a gift she shoudn’t pass up. From Seinfeld to Saturday Night Live, she became a legend for bringing the jokes to the screen (and of course, for her voice), which is why they paid her the big bucks for so many years. And look, she even spent it on the environment’s new friend, Tesla!
Jennifer Lopez – $400 Million
Did you know her middle name was Lynn? Neither did we, until now. Jennifer Lynn Lopez has achieved all kinds of awards for all kinds of talents – maybe most notably, never ever aging. Seriously, people lose a lot of money on bets about her age. First noticed as a backup dancer (a skill she clearly never lost), it wasn’t long before her exceptional singing and acting talents were also discovered. Today, she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Kevin Costner – $250 million
Since his big break in 1985 with the classic western Silverado, he’s had many blockbusters on his resume — including The Bodyguard and Dances With Wolves. Field of Dreams, which is considered his breakout role, raked in millions more than it expected to, and in it Kevin delivered us all the infamous line, “If you build it, they will come.” With his easy tenacity and smooth way of talking, he’s crooned his way into many households, and crooned millions into his bank account.
Jessica Alba – $350 Million
Jessica Alba hit the screen like a bomb, with unparalleled beauty and charisma. But it didn’t take her long to take her career a step further and become a powerful and influential businesswoman. She is one of the founders of The Honest Company, a consumer goods company which specializes in healthy, organic household and baby products, with a line of beauty products on the side called Honest Beauty. She’s interested in making an impact on and off the screen – and it’s paying off big time. She clearly enjoys seaside vacations in her free time.
James Cameron – $700 Million
Not all of Hollywood’s richest are famous faces themselves. Filmmaker James Cameron is the man behind some of the all-time biggest box office hits like Titanic and the Terminator movies – but he’s making even more off them than some of their legendary actors. He started out working in special effects, but realized he had a passion for directing. Thanks to Titanic, he won Oscar awards for Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Film Editing. Currently, he’s working on Terminator 6 (we didn’t even know there was a 5).
Danica Patrick – $60 Million
Danica Patrick is a name not everyone recognizes right off the bat, but they should. Unlike many people on this list, you won’t see her on the big screen – unless that big screen is at home, and you’re a racecar fan. But being the first woman ever to win in an IndyCar Series, and the most successful woman American open-wheel racing history to date, she is a big deal. At just 37 years, Danica decided to retire – but she had already earned about $60 million.
Jerry Seinfeld – $950 Million
Jerry Seinfeld is a millionaire who’s dangerously close to being a billionaire. No doubt the bulk of his money has come from the work writing, producing, and starring in the favorite American sitcom Seinfeld from the ’90s. And what is he doing with his fortune? Apparently, buying almost every kind of car in the world. His collection boasts more than he was able to acquire 100 automobiles already. Considering the work he still has coming up, such as a new movie called Letters From A Nut, it looks like he’s on a mission to hit that $1B mark.
Regis Philbin – $150 million
American TV lost one of its true greats when Regis Philbin passed away in the summer of 2020. The iconic host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? made a huge impact as one of the leading game show hosts and lived life to the fullest. At the peak of his powers, Philbin was earning a staggering $20 million per year. After all of the awards, high TV ratings, and multiple career endeavors, Philbin built up a huge net worth of $150 million, which he has left for his family.
Oprah Winfrey – $3.2 Billion
Oprah Winfrey is considered to have one of the most successful celebrity stories, ever. Now one of the richest women in the world, her status in life began very differently and has been hard-earned. Although she had many financial troubles growing up, she always knew she would be successful one day – and she was right! As a talk show host, media executive and producer, actress, and renowned philanthropist, she is more wealthy today than most of the movie stars on this list. She even has her own production company and her own channel called Oprah Winfrey Network.
Paul McCartney – $1.2 Billion
Paul McCartney’s job title should really be, “worldwide inspirational singer.” Despite being mistakenly referred to as the lead singer of the best-selling band of all time, The Beatles, there was a reason for the mistake: he wrote and sang the vast majority of their songs, especially in the early days. Naturally, his success from his time as a Beatle made it possible for him to retire decades ago – but the artist just keeps on making music, and the people keep on loving it.
Kirk Douglas – $60 Million
The legendary Kirk Douglas is less than a decade away from hitting a century of life on Earth – and what a life it’s been. Born in December 1916, his parents were Jewish immigrants from Russia who originally named him Issur Danielovitch. But when he enlisted in the Navy years later, he changed his name. Today, Douglas has a net worth of $60 million, a star on the Hollywood walk of fame, and over 90 acting credits to his name – including timeless pictures like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Spartacus.
John Travolta – $170 Million
John Travolta has been on everyone’s radar since the 70’s with hit bad boy performances in pop-culture-turned-classics such as Saturday Night Fever and Grease. By the ’90s, he was already a legend who brought the limelight to cult favorites like Pulp Fiction. With a net worth of $170 million, he can spend his money on just about whatever he wants – and it seems what he wants more than anything is to be up in the sky! With a pilot license and four private planes, he’s even built airport runways into his Florida home.
George Lucas – $5.4 Billion
It’s impossible to escape a little George Lucas in this world entirely. The man behind Star Wars and Indiana Jones never imagined their wild success, but today, they are deeply rooted in pop culture. Star Wars fans have even created a de facto annual holiday (May the 4th…get it?). Once Walt Disney Company bought his Lucasfilm company from him Industrial Light & Magic and Lucasfilm. Lucas was able to earn billions into his bank account back in 2012 when The Walt Disney Company bought Lucasfilm from him, his millions turned into billions overnight. His home mansion even has its own street.