40 Rehearsal Dinner Dresses For Every Season and Every Budget

From white lace, to blush silk, to allover sequins.

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Photography by Allan Zepeda 

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 summer wedding or a formal winter wedding, your rehearsal dinner dress will set the tone for your wedding weekend.

When picking the perfect rehearsal dinner dress, keep in mind your budget, the vibe of your venue, and the time of year. A summer or destination wedding calls for light and airy fabrics like linen and crochet lace. If you're having a black-tie winter wedding, experiment with velvet, deep jewel tones, and floor-length dresses. A minimalist bride should go for sleek and structured dresses, suited to complement a modern venue.

From traditional white lace dresses to bold colors to plus size and petite, here are the best rehearsal dinner dresses for all brides, seasons, and venues.

Our Top Picks
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Cotton Lace Maxi Dress

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Courtesy of Moda Operandi

Having a summer or destination wedding? You need this dress. Light and airy cotton is great for warm weather and the sheer skirt is perfect for showing off some leg!

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Plus Size Capelet Dress

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Courtesy of Eloquii

No one wants drama on their wedding day except for when it takes form in a fabulous dress like this one! Make an entrance in this elegant cape dress.

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Allover Pearl Mini Dress

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 Courtesy of BHLDN

If you're a pearl kinda girl, we've got you covered, literally. This dress is embroidered with dozens of pearls and is perfect for after-dinner dancing. Keep accessories simple and let the dress do all the talking.

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White Lace Maxi Dress

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Courtesy of Shopbop 

By now, you've probably seen every type of lace there is to see but this zigzag lace is truly unique. With a sheer skirt and an open back, this dress is perfect for a spring or summer wedding.

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Pleated Lace Mini Dress

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Courtesy of Urban Outfitters


Shoulder bows were very popular on the Fall 2020 Bridal Fashion Week runways. Join the trend with this ruched lace mini dress complete with black shoulder ribbons. Wear your hair up to really showcase this sweet detail.

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Nude Velvet Dress

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Courtesy of Shopbop

Having a winter wedding and waiting to wear white until the big day? Enter this elegant soft blush velvet dress. Sophisticated and refined, this dress is perfect for a black-tie vibe.

Check out more black-tie dresses we love.

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Lace Trim Cotton Dress

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 Courtesy of Verishop

Feminine and lacey, we love this cotton dress for a summer or beach wedding. Elevate the look even more by wearing a colorful block heel or a statement earring.

Check out some of our favorite beach wedding dresses.

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Bias-Cut Slip Dress

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Courtesy of Anthropologie

What could be more timeless than an elegant slip dress? This dress boasts soft draping at the neckline, a side slit, and comes in four gorgeous colors, one for every season.

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Embroidered Polka-Dots Dress

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Courtesy of Shopbop

Soft tulle flutter sleeves, a bustier bodice and a tiered skirt make this dress undeniably romantic. If you're not going for white, this dress also comes in black.

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Lace Sleeve Plus Size Dress

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Courtesy of 11 Honore

If you're searching for a more formal dress, look no further. The lace sleeve is totally unique and the subtle off-the-shoulder neckline is very flattering.

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Allover Sequins with Velvet Tie Dress

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Courtesy of Shopbop 

What says celebration more than a sequin mini? Complete with a velvet ribbon tie, this dress is made for a winter wedding. Time to show off those legs on the dancefloor!

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Cotton Plus Size Dress

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Courtesy of 11 Honore

A linen dress and a destination wedding go together like love and marriage. Perfect for a beachy rehearsal dinner and sitting poolside on your honeymoon.

Check out some of our favorite plus size wedding dresses.

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Strapless Feather Sheath Dress

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Courtesy of Nordstrom 

Nothing says it's time to celebrate like a feather-trimmed, short sheath dress. Show off your shoulders and legs in this black-tie party dress.

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Lace-Trim Maxi Dress

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Courtesy of Forever21

This easy, breezy cotton dress is perfect for a destination wedding. Pair with espadrilles and throw over a swimsuit on your honeymoon.

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Silver Sequin Mini Dress

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Courtesy of H&M

Calling all glam girls, this ones for you! Sparkle all night in this allover silver sequin mini dress perfect for a holiday or New Year's Eve wedding.

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Silk Puff Sleeves Floral Dress

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Courtesy of Shopbop

Impossibly chic and romantic, we love this floral, silk dress for a garden wedding. Wear your hair up with a few loose strands to look totally effortless.

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Floral Embroidered Maxi Dress

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Courtesy of Free People

This dress is sheer beauty! Perfect for a destination wedding, this dress is complete with a crochet waistband and lined with a nude bodysuit.

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Glitter Star Motifs Dress

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Courtesy of BHLDN

Celestial motifs are a big trend in bridal and this dress is no exception. Embroidered with glittering gold thread, this dress will have you seeing stars all night.

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Plus Size Gold Metallic Dress

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Courtesy of Anthropologie

With seams in all the right places, this plus size dress is body-skimming and supremely flattering. The black lining really makes this dress pop and sets it apart from the rest.

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Guipure Lace Dot Dress

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Courtesy of Moda Operandi 

Puff sleeves, lace and swiss dots are the dreamiest of combinations. Cinching at the waist makes this dress super flattering and the lattice cutout details make it perfect for a warm-weather wedding.

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Plus Size Long Sleeve Lace Dress

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Courtesy of Eloquii

We love the contrasting textures of the lace bodice and pleated skirt on this plus size dress. This style comes in 5 gorgeous colorways for every venue vibe.

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Cowl Neckline with Eyelash Lace Dress

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Courtesy of Shopbop

Cowl necks were all over the Fall 2020 Bridal Fashion Week runway, but we are coveting this dress in particular for the black eyelash lace detail on the bodice. A high slit elongates the leg and gives you the chance to show off your shoes!

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Diamante Crystal and Ostrich Feathers Caftan

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Courtesy of Sahroo

This pure silk caftan embellished with ostrich feathers and diamante crystal is to die for. If you're looking for something fashion-forward and different, then this look is for you. Pair the caftan with pants or an ultra-chic slip.

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Pink Floral Dress

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Courtesy of Verishop 

Pretty in pink! We love this belted floral dress for a backyard or garden rehearsal dinner setting. This sundress will quickly become your favorite dress you own, besides your wedding dress!

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Lace Midi Dress

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Courtesy of Nordstrom

If you're going for a more casual look, you can never go wrong with a strappy floral lace dress. A classic neckline like this one calls for delicate, personal jewelry to round out the look.

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Feather Bodice Jumpsuit

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Courtesy of BHLDN

This is not a dress, but we couldn't help ourselves, this jumpsuit is too chic!

Looking for an alternative to the dress? Check out this round-up of gorgeous white jumpsuits.

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Velvet Puff Sleeve

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Courtesy of Reformation

A winter wedding calls for a blue velvet rehearsal dinner dress. Dress this look up even further with a sparkly clutch or gold statement earrings.

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Metallic Stripe Dress

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Courtesy of Nordstrom

If blush and gold tones are your wedding color palette, then you will love this metallic striped dress. Pleated cap sleeves and a plunging-V neckline make this dress both sweet and sexy.

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Off-The-Shoulder Dress

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Courtesy of Reformation 

A little black dress will always be timeless and elegant especially one that showcases your shoulders. Pair with colorful shoes for a pop of color and a statement earring for added glamour.

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Ruffle Back Dress

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Courtesy of ASOS

A sculptural shoulder ruffle will always add an element of sophistication and whimsy. If you're more of a minimalist bride but are looking for fun details, this dress has got you covered.

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Long Sleeve Lace Mini Dress

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Courtesy of Forever21

A mini dress with long sleeves allows you to show off some leg but also helps to keep you warm when the temperature dips in the evening on a summer night.

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Asymmetrical Champagne Dress

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Courtesy of Forever21

A champagne tone is a beautiful alternative to white. Dress this slip up with shoulder-grazing earrings.

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Deep-V Pleated Belted Dress

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Courtesy of Fame and Partners

We love a super plunge neckline especially if its coupled with a waist-cinching belt. If this neckline is too deep for you, this dress is completely customizable and the neckline can be raised.

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Gold Lace Dress

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 Courtesy of J.Crew

Nothing says celebration quite like a shimmering gold dress. This pleated, metallic lace dress is perfect for a holiday or New Year's Eve rehearsal dinner.

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Strappy Satin Dress

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Courtesy of Fame and Partners

Get your Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy on with this chic and timeless strappy satin slip dress. This dress is made to measure so it's perfect for tall brides and petite brides and every bride in between!

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High Neck Lace Midi Dress

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Courtesy of Boohoo

We love the cool lace panels on the back of this dress, as well as the unique hem. Available in 7 colorways, you'll be sure to find a color that fits your wedding style and vibe.

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Deep-V Sheer Slip Dress

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Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

You can't go wrong with a dress named "proposal." Style this beaded fringe number with a colorful clutch and a bold lip color.

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Leaf Appliqué Dress

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Courtesy of Revolve

We love the combination of these modern, clean leaf motifs and soft, romantic tulle. This dress would complement a wedding style full of natural greenery.

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Pink Liquid Chiffon Dress

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Courtesy of Rachel Zoe

This shimmering deep-V dress screams Hollywood red carpet glamour. Exaggerated shoulders will make you feel sophisticated and statuesque.

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Sequin Mini Dress

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Courtesy of Zara

Dance all night long in this festive sequin mini dress. Perfect for a winter or New Years' wedding or if you want to just dial up the glitz!

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