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Your rehearsal dinner is the first official party to kick off your wedding celebrations, and your rehearsal dinner dress will likely be the last outfit you wear before saying "I do" (unless you count your getting ready robe!). Whether you're having a casual backyard wedding or a formal back tie affair, your rehearsal dinner dress will set the tone for your wedding weekend.
When picking the perfect rehearsal dinner dress, let your personal style and wedding venue guide your decision-making process. A summer or destination wedding calls for light and airy fabrics like linen and crochet lace whereas winter weddings are all about sumptuous velvet styles, embellished fabrics, and floor-length gowns. And if you're more of a minimalist bride, go for sleek and structured dresses to complement a modern venue as well as your pared-back aesthetic.
Read on for the best rehearsal dinner dresses for every style, season, and budget.
For a Garden Wedding: Bronx and Banco Leaf Appliqué Dress
We love the combination of graphic leaf appliqués and soft tulle on this midi dress that feels at once modern and romantic. Whether you're having a backyard celebration or a garden wedding, this stunning dress would complement a venue full of natural greenery.
If you're a bride-to-be who loves a glamorous look, opt for Elliatt's mini dress flocked with luminous pearls. For Love and Lemons's ethereal maxi dress is a stunning choice for laidback brides with a bohemian aesthetic. And for a rehearsal dinner outfit that's equal parts fun and stylish, we love DB Stuido's feather-trimmed frock.
Do I have to wear a dress to my rehearsal dinner?
Do I have to wear white to my rehearsal dinner?
Definitely not! While some brides may choose to wear white to their rehearsal dinner, others may opt for dresses in vibrant colors or prints – what you wear is entirely up to you!
Can I wear a formal dress to my rehearsal dinner?
Yes! Formal styles like simple slip dresses, floor-length gowns, and fitted sheath silhouettes are all stunning options for a rehearsal dinner look – especially if you're throwing a formal or black-tie wedding.
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