With all of the things on your plate before your wedding (flowers, welcome bags, Great Aunt May), finding something to wear to your rehearsal dinner may be the last thing on your mind. But shopping for a rehearsal dinner outfit is almost a second chance at shopping for a wedding dress. If you were intrigued by the idea of wearing something modern and sleek to your wedding — but opted for a traditional ball gown instead — your rehearsal dinner is the perfect time to try that other dress option.
But before you decide on what to wear, your wardrobe is really dependent on your venue. Backyard barbecue? Intimate country club cocktail party? Beachfront clambake? Once you pick your venue, you can find a dress to fit, but we recommend experimenting with vibrant colors and fun ready-to-wear bridal looks. And if your beauty plan is loose and natural on your wedding day, try wearing a glam bright lip at your rehearsal dinner for a totally different look. The most important thing to remember is that you should stand out in the crowd during your rehearsal dinner, so don’t be afraid to go bold. See below for our favorite of-the-season trends and tips for how you can pull them off at your rehearsal dinner.
Rehearsal Dinner Outfits That Get You Noticed
Blush wedding dresses are having a major bridal moment, but can be a departure from your “vision of white.” So instead of breaking from tradition, why not wear a trendy blush dress to your rehearsal dinner? We love how this one has lacy details for a very “mini bridal” feel. Sheath dress, $138, Tahari Arthur S. Levine, LordandTaylor.com
A plunging neckline was a huge trend on the runways this year, but might be a little too risque for a walk down the aisle. So why not wear this floor-length beauty at your rehearsal dinner? Its deep-V neckline doesn’t cut too low, so you won’t have to worry about showing too much cleavage, and the pleated lining makes the thigh-high slit sexy yet sophisticated. White gown, $95 rental, Camilla and Marc, RenttheRunway.com
Floral Floor Length
Nothing makes a bride blend in with the crowd like a black cocktail dress. Go polar opposite for your rehearsal dinner with a vibrant red number! This floor-length strapless maxi is perfect for a summer-night party, and you’re guaranteed to still be the center of attention, even if you’re not wearing white. Red dress, $325, Erin Fetherston,Nordstrom.com
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You’ll really feel like a bride when you slip into this simple and elegant shift dress for your rehearsal. The knee length makes it appropriate for your church rehearsal, but the mesh back adds a nontraditional twist. White shift dress, $160, WhiteHouseBlackMarket.com
If your wedding dress is more traditional, your rehearsal dinner is the perfect time to wear something totally unique and fun. This sequined jumpsuit is the perfect combination of casual and fancy for a backyard bash or an intimate dinner with friends and family. Sequin romper, $134, LordandTaylor.com
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