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What to Wear to Your Own Rehearsal Dinner

Following on from last week's article about what guests should wear to a rehearsal dinner I thought it would be nice to help out all those brides who aren't sure what to wear either! Being the bride at a rehearsal dinner you're pretty much guaranteed to be center of attention, and if you've arranged the rehearsal dinner you may have set the dress code because you want to wear a particular outfit. In that case, you're fine! If you're unsure then I'm here to help. Don't forget, while you want to shine, you also need to hold something back for your wedding day. That should be when you wear the dress with the real wow factor! You only wear your wedding dress once, but the rehearsal dinner is a great chance to wear a fabulous outfit that you'll be able to use again and again, so you can justify getting something really special. Personally I like the idea of a bride wearing white to her rehearsal dinner, but in a totally different style to the wedding dress itself, so that's what I've gone with here, but you should wear whatever you feel suits your personality. If bright pink suits your mood then go for that!

White Tie/Black Tie

This is the most formal option out of all the dress codes. You want to wear something knockout, but which is very different from your wedding dress. You can opt for full length gown or even go with a cocktail dress, like the one below. formal rehearsal dinner outfit If you want to buy something which will be wearable in the future, go for a cocktail dress and dress it up with some dazzling accessories. This vintage 1960s cocktail dress is just right when paired with some strappy silver heels and this amazing peacock clutch bag.

Formal/Black Tie Optional

For a formal event you have quite a lot of choice. You can wear either a suit, a cocktail dress or any other tailored smart dress. Smart rehearsal dinner outfit This 1970s sequined cocktail dress is beautiful, and when paired with some monochrome accessories like these smart heels and a super slim portfolio clutch you'll really look classy!

Semiformal/Dressy Casual

Dressy casual is always tricky, but it's always better to be overdressed than under dressed - especially if you're the bride! A good choice would be a party dress or or smart trousers and a top.
Semi formal rehearsal dinner outfit This 1970s disco-style dress is going to be oh-so-useful for parties and weddings in the future, plus you'll still steal the show at your rehearsal dinner. To make a dress seem less formal add some funky accessories, like these heeled boots and a chunky cuff-style bracelet.

Casual

Whether your rehearsal dinner is a BBQ on the beach or a get together at your in-laws house, casual doesn't generally mean cut off shorts and flip flops. Having said that, you're the bride so you should be able to wear whatever you want! Casual rehearsal dinner outfit I love this combination which is a great balance between casual and still looking great. The 1960s boho lace minidress is pretty and looks great paired with some wedge heels and a tote bag, but you can always slip your shoes off later and ditch the bag and you'll give off a great hippy vibe. We've got a great range of rehearsal dinner dresses in our store, take a look and get some more inspiration there.

How to Dress for a Rehearsal Dinner

Rehearsal dinners are usually held the day before a wedding as a way of getting the wedding party together ahead of the big day. They are a great way to unwind and for the bride and groom to thank everyone who has helped to the wedding, but what do you wear to a rehearsal dinner? Here's our guide to getting your look just right for the night before the big day. The first thing to do is check your invitation for a dress code. Here are four of the main categories you may come across and what they mean:

White Tie/Black Tie

This is the most formal option. Men should wear a tuxedo, and women either a cocktail dress or evening gown. Make the most of the opportunity for some full out glamor! Rehearsal dinner dress black tie It's not often you get the chance to wear a full length evening gown, so make the most of it!  This vintage 50s ball dress is perfect for a sophistictaed evening look when teamed with rhinestone accessories like this cute fish necklace  and some diamante heels.

Formal/Black Tie Optional

Men should wear a suit and tie for a formal event, and women can wear either a suit, a cocktail dress or any other tailored smart dress. Rehearsal dinner dress formal Don't forget you can dress up any smart dress with some fabulous accessories. This 1960s flapper-style dress doesn't need any extra embellishment, but add an amazing clutch Bag and some elegant shoes and you'll look fabulous!

Semiformal/Dressy Casual

This is always a tricky one to get right. It's always better to be overdressed than underdressed, so I would recommend a polo shirt or smart shirt with some nice pants for men, and for women a party dress or or smart trousers and a top. Definitely  no trainers or flip flops!
Rehearsal dinner dress smart casual This dress could be dressed up or down. By adding a pretty pink cardigan and some flat shoes it hits just the right balance for a dressy casual do.

Casual

You might think casual means that anything goes, but even if the rehearsal dinner is a BBQ in somebody's garden you might be pushing it to turn up in cut-off shorts. Jeans should be fine, as are sundresses and tailored shorts.

Rehearsal dinner dress casual

This sundress strikes a great balance between relaxed and chic. Casual don't mean zero effort, so it doesn't hurt to still look great! Team a sundress with some sandals and a straw tote bag. Don't forget - if in doubt then give the bride or groom a call and ask!