Dressing for the Rehearsal Dinner

What should a Bride wear to her rehearsal dinner? Since this was a top-searched question in 2015 (according to Google), let’s discuss.

The answer to this question relies heavily on the location, venue, and season of the rehearsal dinner.  If the weather will be cooler, or during the winter months obviously everyone will want to cover up a bit more.If the wedding and rehearsal dinner are a warm-weather destination, (beach wedding), then the attire should represent the ‘resort’ style. Think sundresses, jumpsuits, easy breezy.  I believe the words “resort chic” come into play in this situation.  Check out Sofia Vergara’s Rehearsal dinner dress below at a Miami-Area Resort…

Sofia posted this on her Instagram the night of the Rehearsal Dinner
Sofia posted this on her Instagram the night of the Rehearsal Dinner

 

Resort/ Beach Wedding Rehearsal

Keep in mind, the dress, or outfit, does not have to be all white. Go with whatever color you like. I found some inspiration ideas below for beach/ destination rehearsal dinner.

Found at Couturecandy.com. A little pricy, but a very pretty example of resort chic.
Found at Couturecandy.com. A little pricy, but a very pretty example of resort chic.

 

Found @ bcbg.com, on sale, so it won't be around for long.
Found @ bcbg.com, on sale, so it won’t be around for long.

 

Found @ 6pm.com. This is more of a casual look
Found @ 6pm.com. This is more of a casual look for a beach destination wedding

 

Found @ Asos.com.
Found @ Asos.com. A White jumpsuit is always chic for resort wear.
Warm Weather, Summer Wedding Rehearsal

A summertime casual rehearsal dinner is a slightly different scenario. A casual summer dress would be a good choice.  My rehearsal dinner was a backyard affair, in the late summer/ autumn in Michigan.  It was still fairly warm out, and the weather was perfect.  For this type of rehearsal dinner, I wore a Nine West navy fit and flare cocktail dress with wedge sandals.  The dress was a TJMaxx find, so it is not available anymore. Here are a few similar options.

Found @ Nordstrom.com. A cute fit and flare option.
Found @ Nordstrom.com. A cute fit and flare option.

 

Found @ nordstrom.com. This is so pretty.
Found @ nordstrom.com. This is so pretty.

 

Found @ NeimanMarcus.com. A cute summertime wedding rehearsal option
Found @ NeimanMarcus.com. A cute summertime wedding rehearsal option

 

Found @ neimanmarcus.com
Found @ neimanmarcus.com. Elegant, but shows a little skin.

 

Found @ Amazon.com. A cute, short Ivory dress for those who would prefer to stay on the traditional bridal white route.
Found @ Amazon.com. A cute, short Ivory dress for those who would prefer to stay on the traditional bridal white route.
Cool Weather/Winter Wedding Rehearsal

A winter, indoors rehearsal dinner will require a little more covering up, unless you are in a very warm climate.  A dress that you can wear with tights is a good choice, or, think out of the box and dress up a jumpsuit.

Found @ Nordstrom.com. A cute dress for a Winter Wedding Rehearsal
Found @ Nordstrom.com. A cute dress for a Winter Wedding Rehearsal

 

Found @ anthropologie.com. A Midi-length for cooler weather.
Found @ anthropologie.com. A Midi-length for cooler weather.

 

Found @ nastygal.com. maxi-length for colder, winter weather.
Found @ nastygal.com. maxi-length for colder, winter weather.

 

Found @ anthropologie.com, this one is so gorgeous.
Found @ anthropologie.com, this one is so gorgeous.

 

Found @ shopbop.com, dress up a jumpsuit in winter weather.
Found @ shopbop.com, dress up a jumpsuit in winter weather.

If you have to conduct the actual ‘rehearsal’ aspect of the rehearsal dinner, take this into consideration: You need something that will allow you to move around easily in.  And, think about shoes that won’t hurt to walk in.  There’s no need to destroy your feet the night before the wedding.  You’ve got enough to deal with!

Found @ TJMaxx. A wedge helps when you have to run around all night
Found @ TJMaxx. A wedge helps when you have to run around all night
Found @ TJmaxx.com. A wedge sandal.
Found @ TJmaxx.com. A wedge sandal.

Choose something that is weather and venue-appropriate, but also lets everyone know that you are the Bride and this is your party.  Have fun dress shopping!

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