What to Wear to Pre-Wedding Parties

Dress the part to show your hosts and guests that you care

Updated 01/04/18
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There's no party like a pre-wedding party! Among the many events surrounding a wedding, the future bride has to make an appearance at bridal showers, luncheons, and bachelorette parties, just to name a few, which naturally calls for several killer new outfits. As the guest of honor at said events, dressing the part shows your hosts and guests that you care. And with all eyes on you, you definitely want to steal the show as the chic, blushing, bride-to-be. To make your outfit shopping process easier, check out our roundup of pre-wedding party clothes and accessories that work for a variety of locales and functions (prices and other information in this story were accurate at press time, but are subject to change).

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Bridal Shower: Elegant Picnic

A lightweight dress and chic sunglasses are all you need to look understated but polished at an outdoor event.

Oscar de la Renta gingham flared midi dress, $2,960, Moda Operandi; Hadley sunglasses in jet black, $145, Warby Parker

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Bridal Shower: Weekend Brunch

A white dress is the standard-bearer for guest-of-honor attire, whether you're celebrating at home or at a neighborhood cafe.

Stacy dress, $325, Rebecca Taylor; tassel ball earrings in Fiery Sunset, $25, J.Crew

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Bridal Shower: Couple's Soirée

When guys are invited, don't dress like a cupcake. Keep your overall look modern, not frou-frou.

ASTR the Label lace midi dress, $89, Nordstrom; Petite Petal earrings, $23, J.Crew

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Bridal Shower: Afternoon Tea

For a ladies' lunch, wear a timeless dress that your elders will understand. Add a cool purse for a pop of color.

Alexander McQueen v-neck peplum-waist Cady dress, $2,395, Matchesfashion.com; Paco Rabanne half moon suede mini crossbody bag, $1,090, Barney's

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Bachelorette Party: Beach Getaway

Who wants a mai tai? A tropical maxi dress and bold cuff make for the perfect mix of relaxed and festive.

Edita pleated maxi dress, $398, BCBGMaxAzria; John Hardy 'Classic Chain' small cuff, $795, Nordstrom

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Bachelorette Party: Dance Party

If you're hitting the clubs, a look-at-me velvet jumpsuit and embellished heels are as saucy as it gets.

Cyprus velvet Jumpsuit, $279, Alice and Olivia; Jessica Simpson Reesa suede ankle strap sandals, $95, Lord and Taylor

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Bachelorette Party: Night on the Town

For the classic "last hurrah," you can't go wrong with an LBD and glam clutch.

Self-Portrait one-shoulder tiered guipure lace mini dress, $475, Net-a-Porter; Benedetta Bruzziches velvet Carmen clutch, $795, Shopbop

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Rehearsal Dinner: Backyard BBQ

Take your attire in a boho-chic direction for a down-home affair. Dramatic hoop earrings amp up the look.

Sea three quarter sleeves smocked dress, $550, Moda Operandi; geometric shape earrings, $25, & Other Stories

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Rehearsal Dinner: Local Bistro

Go dressier than you normally would for dinner at your family's favorite restaurant. (Bonus: Dark colors hide stains if you order the pasta.)

One-shoulder stretch floral jacquard jumpsuit, $198, Rebecca Taylor; Cult Gaia Small Gaia's ark bag, $148, Shopbop

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Rehearsal Dinner: Big-City Hotel

If you're wearing a grand, feminine wedding dress, go hip and modern the night before just to keep them guessing.

Christopher Kane stretch velvet dress, $675, Farfetch; Valentino Rockstud leather pumps, $995, Matchesfashion.com

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Rehearsal Dinner: On the Water

Try a twist on the classic nautical stripe, and add a rope-inspired bracelet to tie it all together.

Striped Tunic with knot, $40, Zara; Aurelie Bidermann rope bracelet, $477, Farfetch

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