While there may be some “rehearsing” at the beginning, a rehearsal dinner is primarily a social get-together, where friends and family calm any pre-wedding jitters over a celebratory dinner. While the rehearsal dinner isn’t as fancy as the actual wedding day, guests are often conflicted about the appropriate attire for this special occasion. Whether it’s a backyard barbeque or dinner at a restaurant, what are you, as the rehearsal dinner guest, supposed to wear? Teri Jon’s “Finding the Perfect Rehearsal Dinner Dress” guide will lead you through the process, ensuring that you find the ideal dress for the special occasion.
Location, location, location
While the rehearsal dinner is part of the wedding celebration, it isn’t necessarily as formal. In fact, most rehearsal dinners are traditionally more laid back. If the dinner is at a nice restaurant, opt for a cocktail dress for the perfect blend of refined and relaxed. You can either go safe with a classy LBD or add a splash of color to the party with an eye-catching, colorful dress. If the venue is more informal, say a picnic or barbeque, go casual in a daytime dress. In this case, feel free to wear flats for the get-together.
If you typically gravitate towards shirt and skirt/pants combos, you can never go wrong with a crisp blouse. Paired with slacks, a pencil skirt or a gown length- fishtail skirt, taffeta blouses are a wardrobe essential and a solid choice for a rehearsal dinner.
If the hosts decide to organize a very formal dinner, you’ll want to reconsider your clothing selection. In this case, an evening gown may be your best bet for the occasion. Think of it as a preview for the actual wedding day!
Word To The Wise:
Before you wine and dine, here are a few reminders:
1) Whether it’s a formal or informal event, bring comfortable shoes for the rehearsal portion. You will be doing a lot of walking and standing during this time slot and heels may cause some unwanted blisters.
2) Don’t wear the same color that you’re planning on wearing to the wedding or you’ll be dubbed the “Green Dress Lady.”
3) If the rehearsal dinner is outside, you should bring a bolero or light jacket in case it gets cold. Also, you might want to wear a floor length dress for extra leg coverage against the nighttime breeze.
Now You Are Ready
If the wedding is the climax, let the rehearsal dinner be the sneak peak into what is yet to come. So enjoy the celebration and check out the Teri Jon collection exclusively designed for rehearsal dinners!