Whether it’s small intimate BBQ or a lavish 3-course plated meal, your rehearsal dinner is an important event that is the kick start to your wedding weekend! These are the celebrations you’ll look back on and remember for the years to come. Show up in style and your guests won’t be able to take their eyes off of you and your significant other!
Not sure where to start? First, determine what mood your rehearsal has and the time of year it is held. If you are planning a black tie wedding you might opt for something more elegant. Or, maybe because you’re planning a black tie event you want to host a more casual rehearsal dinner and want to throw on a cowboy hat. You’re in total control! And, just because you’re the bride, a white getup is not mandatory. These days, brides are choosing more personal ways of showing their style the night before they say I do. To help inspire your rehearsal dinner outfit, we’re sharing some of our favorite rehearsal dinner dresses and beyond that brides have worn to their rehearsal dinner look no matter the venue, budget, or time of year.
Thinking of investing in some couture for this monumental event? This bride-to-be, from our Park City Wedding Guide, kept it very elegant and chose an Alexander McQueen off-white lace midi length dress for her rehearsal dinner at The St. Regis Deer Valley. She even elevated the look further by styling it with some Fendi white patent leather booties, perfect for walking on all that rocky terrain. Don’t be afraid to invest in your wedding event outfits, you’ll have them forever and can wear them again and again for special dates and anniversaries.
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Photos by: Trevor Hooper
Add some color and throw on a dress that compliments your venue’s colors and landscaping, this soon to be Mrs. rocked a mustard colored dress that featured some small ruffle details. It was perfect for not only the venue, Villa Parker, that has a lot of natural apricot and caramel tones, but also fitting for that late summer or early fall prenuptial dinner. Consider your setting and decide if you want to stand out from the natural scenery, this color popped against the venue’s lush gardens and greenery. Check out more from this shoot in our 2019 Colorado Fall & Winter magazine available to order here.
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Photo by: Catherine Lea Photography
Make a statement and wear a jumpsuit, they’re extremely comfortable and can vary from causal to the most dramatic statement pieces. This Wyoming bride chose a white jumpsuit that featured buttons down both sides. Bonus it had pockets! Check out our article on 15 White Jumpsuits Perfect for Every Bride-to-Be for more jumpsuit inspiration for any event including your rehearsal dinner!
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Photo by: Eden Ingle Photo
For the modern bride, go for for a bold structured dress that compliments your contemporary venue. Try a dress with a deep-v cut neckline and add a fun printed belt that extenuates your waist in all the right places. This look screams sophisticated and chic and will definitely have your guests turning heads! To see more from this styled shoot for more rehearsal dinner inspiration, check out our latest V5 National Magazine available to order here.
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Photo by: Aileen Choi Photo
Veer off the beaten path of white dresses and jumpsuits with a floral printed dress. This Idaho bride, featured in our McCall Wedding Guide, chose a blue floral off-the-shoulder dress that was perfect for summer; light and flowy, yes please! Not to mention, it works for your something blue if you don’t have something included in your day-of-wedding celebration! If you’re looking for a more feminine rehearsal dinner look, floral prints are for you.
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We love how this Aspen bride, featured in our Aspen Wedding Guide, matched her fiancé! Both chose to wear cowboy hats to their rehearsal. The bride added more statement pieces to stand out from the crowd including turquoise earrings which was the perfect pop of color for her all white long sleeve dress. The dress also had a subtle slit, ideal for their summer mountain nuptials.
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Photos by: Tamara Susa with Be The Xperience
So now you don’t know what to wear to your rehearsal dinner? There are many ways you can go, something blue, bridal white, jumpsuits you name it! The sky is the limit with brides choosing their style for their night before look, here are 35 more styles to choose from.
1. Lulus | Strapless Jumpsuit
You’ll be absolutely irresistible when you’re wearing the Lulus Power of Love White Strapless Jumpsuit! Stretch knit shapes a strapless bodice with a fluttering tier, hidden V-bar in the front. A high, fitted waist tops relaxed wide leg pants give a sexy but classy look to the bride wanting to sport a jumpsuit at her rehearsal dinner.
2. BHLDN | Doutzen V-Neck Jumpsuit
Slender straps and a v-neckline in this Monique Lhuillier jumpsuit brings timeless appeal to this silky charmeuse jumpsuit, while side slits in each leg lend a modern edge.
3. BHLDN | Campbell Lace Jumpsuit
This chic bridal jumpsuit strikes the perfect balance between modern and romantic, with a tailored silhouette in allover floral lace. Pair it with some pumps for the ultimate rehearsal dinner look
4. Rime Arodkay | Patsy
Looking for a fun yet stylish wedding jumpsuit? This Jumpsuit has just that sparkle that makes it a statement piece without looking overdone. The elegant lace details and the beautiful skirt overlay will make you look classy with a twist.
5. Rime Arodaky | Last Chance
Let’s say you enter your party with this beautifully, outstanding, unique bridal jumpsuit. You will not mind being photographed from all angles and mingling with your guests in this jumpsuit with white crêpe for the trousers and French lace for the body and sleeves. The puffy flower details in the shoulders are a detail that make it oh so extra.
6. Revolve | Ready Jumpsuit
This gorgeous long sleeved jumpsuit features quilted satin panels and a keyhole back that is enclosed with a button. Giving you a subtle sexy glow.
7. David’s Bridal | Single Button Relaxed Fit Suit
This gorgeous tailored suit screams bridal! Pair the trousers and suit jacket with a white silk camp or lace bodysuit to show some skin.
8. Lulus | Gimme Some Flair Dress
Give all the bridal vibes in this stretch knit that forms a rounded neckline atop a bodycon dress, with a darted bodice and sexy mini skirt, with asymmetrical flounce cuffs that add a dramatic finishing touch to the three-quarter sleeves.
9. Grace Loves Lace | Dominga
Handmade in a Australian studio with luxurious figure-hugging stretch lace, Dominga celebrates the female body, creating a stunning hourglass shape and highlighting the d’colletage with an off-the-shoulder bodice featuring a stunning feather trim.
10. BHLDN | Catherine Deana Frida
Astonishingly rich and romantic detail shows in this softly textured midi layers dimensional rose lace over an almond-hued lining. The lining ends at the knee, allowing sheer lace to fall gently to mid-calf.
An elegantly draped cowl neckline completes this BHLDN silky slip dress with a modern midi silhouette.
12. BHLDN | MiaMia Cami & Nouvelle Amsale Nandita Skirt
This adorable cami paired with the tulle skirt is a match made in heaven! We are this with some cutey heels for the ever most legally blonde bride.
13, BHLDN | Payla Jain Mirka
Want a splash of vibrant floral embroidery that adds whimsy and dimension to this eyelet maxi dress. Choose this long strap top dress.
14. BHLDN | Needle & Thread Ribbon Ballerina
Encrusted with shimmering sequins, this whimsical tulle midi features a high, ruffled neckline and sheer cape detail that will be sure to wow your guests.
15. Lilly Pulitzer | Jazlyn Dress
This dress is fun and flirty! We love the fitted waist and flared sleeves, sits right above the knee for a great opportunity to show some kicks off!
16. Lilly Pulitzer |Lilloella Lace Dress
It’s the season for white dresses and our Zoella Dress is a lovely example of this classic style. Designer details with a feminine feel accent the fitted design. Its long sleeves have a slight blouson effect, while the square neckline makes a lovely impression. The flawless fabric–a floral-printed lace–features top-applied Lilly lace trim for a double dose of elegance. Party this spring in stunning style.
17. Lily Pulitzer | Ophelia Swing Dress
The Ophelia dress has a swingy silhouette enhanced by a crew neckline and 3/4-length flounce-hem sleeves. This dress is adorned with lace fabrication that has subtle hints of spring flowers. This dress looks oh-so fab against the backdrop of the spring season.
18. Petal and Pup | Bambina Dress
This mid length dress made from a stretch knit v neckline with wide long sleeves with a ribbed cuff. The detachable waist tie is great if you want to go for a more fitted look or flow. The v plunge back ads just the right amount of sexy.
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19. Petal and Pup | Persia Dress
This satin sheen finish midi length, cowl neckline dress has adjustable shoulder straps for varying lengths. The slit in the back lets you show those legs off! Not wanting white? This dress also comes in Rust, Green, Gold, Navy, Light Gold, Red and Wine.
20. Show Me Your Mumu | Samantha Ruffle Wrap Dress
This dress is a flirty and yet romantic mock wrap that gives you the flattering appearance of a wrap but the security of an elastic waist and sash. The ruffled straps cross to a v in both the front and back, but is still high enough in back for a strapless bra and ties across the back to keep straps in place. With a high-low hemline to show of your shoes with a gentle ruffle along the hem that goes all the way up the slit. This style is also available in many other colors.
21. Show Me Your Mumu | Lana Midi Dress
This versatile dress can be worn off the shoulder or strapless. The gorgeous white hue and lacey tiers enhance the romance of this midi making her perfect for your summer backyard rehearsal dinner. Pair it with some white block heels and you favorite white bag.
22. Show Me Your Mumu | Collette Collar Dress
For a more timeless look this dress has a classic silhouette with a dramatic high collar neckline, low back, and cinched waist. It offers coverage while not sacrificing style. Keep in mind your breast size as some can be seen on the sides of the top. Don’t want it in white opt for something blue in the sage or deep jade colors. This dress is perfect for a more formal Rehearsal Dinner.
23. Reformation | Bayley Dress
For the boho bride this dress has a slim fitting bodice and waist with a looser fitting skirt. It has a ruffle edged neckline and lace detailing on the skirt. Which gives you a little shape in all the right places. For the non-traditional bride opt for the black option.
24. Reformation | Hallie Dress
Having a garden chic rehearsal dinner? This dress is fitted in the bodice with a relaxed fitting skirt, so you get structure and comfort all in one. It has center front buttons, ruffle detailing on the bodice and neckline for a fun and flirty look.
25. Reformation | Lissa Dress
This dress screams romance with its fitted bodice and full skirt. This dress has dramatic ruching detail on the bodice and removable spaghetti straps to make it versatile to go from straps to strapless.
26. Reformation | Carraway Dress
This mini length lace dress with an unlined upper bodice and ruffled cuffs give it a flirty romantic feel. The Carraway is slim fitting throughout to show off that wedding body! Because of the short length sport some fun heels to rock with it, check out our article on 50 Bridal Shoes to Rock on your Wedding Day for inspiration!
27. Reformation | Limoncello Dress
This medium weight silk charmeuse fabric dress has a relaxed fitting in the bodice and skirt making it flowy and flirty. This dress has an elastic, ruffle neckline that should be worn off the shoulder. It includes a detachable belt that can be tied in the back or in the front for an extra detail or add some sparkle with a belt of your own check out some here. The elastic waist gives you a shape without being too uncomfortable.
28. Rime Adoraky | Floral Motive High Collar Dress
The ultimate go-to dress for those refreshing spring night rehearsal dinners. With a high embroidered tulle collar and a drop back opening, this dress gives us fun bridal vibes. The illusion bodice and skirt have a sheer lining, while the neck and sleeves are see through. The dress is covered in Italian lace, in which flowers have been sewn into, creating a floral relief. Take advantage and wear it with some flashy shoes.
29. Rime Adoraky | Glitter Bow Train Dress
In need for some stardust and a statement? Fall for this statement dress made from layers of voluminous, sparkling, white sequins. Poet sleeves, frilled cuffs, open back and an amazing bow train that can be removed. This dress is sure to draw eyes and make a statement!
30. Lovers + Friends | Riya
This high low midi length dress features an asymmetrical hem line with ruffles across the bottom and straps and down to the bodice. So romantic and flirty!
31. Katie May | Arriba Dress
This fitted long gown has a cut-out in the back, and a diagonal ruffle detail along the flowy skirt with a thigh-high slit to show some leg. It can also be ordered in blush on Katie May.
32. ELLIAT | Aisle Dress
This satin long dress with a draped neckline gives major bride vibes! The back features a hidden sipper adorned with satin buttons. We love this for a more formal rehearsal celebration!
33. Shona Joy | Cocktail Draped Dress
This poly fabric dress features a tulip hemline and pleating details on the bodice to the bottom of the dress. Pair with some statement earrings to elevate your look. You can find amazing bridal statement earrings here or here.
34. ASTR The Label | Lace A Line Midi Dress
An ultra-femme and figure-flattering dress features a lace overlay plunging neckline and playful A-line silhouette that descends to a midi length skirt. This flirty mid length dress is perfect for a girly flirty look for a laid back rehearsal dinner. This Bride even wore it for her Colorado Elopement featured in our Colorado Fall/Winter 2019 issue.
Photo by: Nate Shepard
35. BHLDN | Mestiza Clara Dress
This embroidered floral midi dress features a fitted silhouette, ruffled hem, and bows at the shoulders for a sweet finishing touch.
Want to wear couture? You don’t have to drop the heavy price tag to wear couture for your special events, check out Rent The Runway to rent couture and designer dresses at a cost that won’t break the bank!
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