Whether you’re a summer bride or planning a warm-weather destination wedding later in the year, a rehearsal dinner dress that befits balmy weather is just right the night before your wedding. From bohemian to classic to fashion-forward, your rehearsal dinner dress should feel ultra-special but appropriate for the season (meaning nothing too stuffy). After all, the sunny weather is all about a relaxed and cheerful mood, so why not embody that with your rehearsal dinner dress?
As the last outfit you’ll wear before you say ‘I do’, you, of course, want to make sure it’s a hit for your soon-to-be husband or wife and all of your wedding guests whether your wedding is by the sea, at a rustic venue or at a vineyard. For brides-to-be who love a good theme, choosing a rehearsal dinner dress that embodies the vibe of your wedding dress is a thoughtful way to narrow in on a style. Or, you can go the opposite route if you had a hard time choosing a wedding dress and want to explore another aesthetic.
If you’re a bohemian bride, unique embroidery, laid-back lace, and relaxed ruffles capture a wanderlust spirit in fabrics line wispy chiffon, lightweight linen, and cotton. For feminine types, a dress with frills, eyelet detailing or a lacy number reads timeless whether you go for a strapless A-line shape, figure-flattering mid-length dress or an ankle-grazing sheath. Silhouettes with flouncy hems or a fitted bustier-style waist are also incredibly flattering for a range of body types and read ultra-feminine. Prefer a sleeker look? A body-skimming slip dress, minimal sheath or a tiered midi dress cut with clean lines are all pared-back options that still make a statement. For the alternative bride, why not go for color? A pretty pastel or vivid shade is unique and keeps the spotlight on you. If you’re into prints, a polka dot or floral motif is romantic—bonus points if you’re bold enough to don rainbow-colored spots or a watercolor palette. Fashion-forward brides will love unexpected details like elegant cutouts, asymmetric silhouettes, and voluminous sleeves. If you want to go glam, sequins are undoubtedly the answer (we’re for a ‘90s-inspired slip this season).
Ready to shop for a summery rehearsal dinner dress? Ahead, we’re spotlighting 56 styles for every bridal aesthetic and price point with lots of options under $50 and $100. Designer diehards, don’t worry, there are styles for you, too. Your perfect rehearsal dinner dress awaits!