How to Choose the Right Rehearsal Dinner Outfits for the Bride & Groom

Hey there, lovely brides-to-be! 

Planning your wedding rehearsal dinner and feeling a bit overwhelmed with the outfit choices? 

I totally get it. From the venue vibe to your personal style, there’s a lot to consider when picking the perfect ensemble for this special occasion.

Ben and Katie's Rehearsal diner outfit

Why is the rehearsal dinner an important event?

You know, the rehearsal dinner isn’t just another checkbox on your wedding planning list; it’s actually a pretty big deal! Think of it as a mini celebration before the main event. It’s not just about going through the motions of rehearsing your walk down the aisle; it’s a chance to unwind, connect with loved ones, and soak up those pre-wedding vibes in a more relaxed setting. Plus, it’s a golden opportunity to thank your wedding party and close friends for all their support leading up to the big day. So, while it might seem like just another dinner, trust me, it sets the stage for everything that’s about to unfold on your wedding day.

Now, let’s talk about rehearsal dinner outfits. It’s an important occasion, as such selecting the right outfit is key to making a memorable impression and setting the tone for the wedding festivities. With countless options available, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But fear not! In this guide, we’ll dive into some helpful tips and ideas to ensure you both look and feel your best at the rehearsal dinner.

Why is the wedding rehearsal dinner important. Rehearsal Dinner: The lovely couple unwinding and connecting with their loved ones. (Images ref: Abby Hart PhotoBride and Groom enjoying at their rehearsal dinner

For the Bride

Venue and Theme Considerations:

Before deciding on your rehearsal dinner outfit, take into account the venue and theme of the event. For a casual gathering at a beachside restaurant or backyard BBQ, opt for a breezy sundress or a stylish jumpsuit paired with sandals or espadrilles. If the rehearsal dinner is at a formal venue like a hotel or upscale restaurant, consider a sophisticated cocktail dress or a chic pantsuit. For instance, a bride hosting a beachside rehearsal dinner might choose a flowy maxi dress in a tropical print, accessorized with statement earrings and strappy sandals.

"RehearsalRehearsal dinner of Ben and Katie at Vizcaya Garden and Museum. The bride wore a stunning dress from Oscar dela renta. Hair and Makeup by Daniela Gozlan. Meanwhile, Ben looked sharp in a light beige suit, totally nailing the vibe of their rehearsal dinner!

Bride and groom radiate chic elegance at Bahia Beach Club, Mondrian South Beach for their rehearsal dinner.Kate and Zach for their Rehearsal Dinner at Baia Beach Club.

Personal Style Expression:

Your rehearsal dinner outfit is an opportunity to showcase your personal style and individuality. Whether you gravitate towards timeless elegance, bohemian flair, or modern sophistication, choose an outfit that resonates with your personality and makes you feel confident. A bride with a bohemian aesthetic might opt for a lace-trimmed dress paired with a flower crown and barefoot sandals for a whimsical touch.

"</spanThis bride, Emma wore not one but two dresses for her rehearsal dinner. Dresses by Katie May and Albina Dyla.

Another stunning bride graces the occasion of their rehearsal dinner in an elegant A-line semi-formal white dress. The dress features exquisite lace details, reaching knee-length for a sophisticated look. <yoastmark class=Kate wore a beautiful dress by Ines Di Santo and her shoes by Christian Louboutin. She pairs this ensemble with silver heels, adding a touch of glamour, and finishes off with a neatly styled wavy ponytail.

Coordination with Groom’s Attire:

While you don’t need to match your outfit with the groom’s attire, it’s essential to coordinate to ensure a harmonious look. Consider factors such as color palette, formality, and overall style when selecting your rehearsal dinner outfit.

Example: If the groom is wearing a navy suit, the bride might choose a complementary color like blush pink or shimmering white for her dress to create a cohesive ensemble.

Shaina and Andrew look great together in outfits that match the vibe of their city rehearsal dinner.

For the Groom

Dress Code Adherence:

Take note of the specified dress code for the rehearsal dinner and select your outfit accordingly. For formal events, opt for a classic suit in navy, charcoal, or black, paired with a crisp dress shirt and polished dress shoes. For more casual affairs, consider a blazer paired with chinos or dress pants for a smart-casual look.

Example: Ben chose to wear a light beige suit with white shirt, complementing the venue’s vibes and Katie’s elegant short white dress.

Ben & Katie at the gardens of Vizcaya Garden & Museum

Personalization through Accessories:

Add personality and flair to your rehearsal dinner outfit by incorporating accessories that reflect your style. Experiment with ties, pocket squares, cufflinks, and watches to elevate your look and make a statement.

Example: A groom with a penchant for vintage style might accessorize his outfit with a retro-inspired bow tie, pocket watch, and leather suspenders for a dapper finishing touch.

Each groom added their personality and flair to their rehearsal dinner outfit by incorporating accessories that reflected their style. You can experiment with ties, pocket squares, cufflinks, and watches to elevate your look and make a statement.

Coordination with Bride’s Attire:

While maintaining individuality, coordinate your outfit with the bride’s attire to ensure a complementary aesthetic. Discuss color schemes, styles, and overall themes to achieve a cohesive look for the rehearsal dinner.

Example: If the bride is wearing a floral-print dress, the groom might choose a solid-colored suit in a coordinating shade or a complementary patterned shirt to complement her ensemble.

Grooms, have fun playing around mix-matching colors & textures while coordinating with the bride's outfit.Choosing the ideal wedding rehearsal dinner attire is an exciting aspect of the wedding preparation process. You can choose costumes that reflect your personality and set the tone for a memorable celebration with loved ones by taking into account venue, theme, personal style, coordination with each other’s attire, and adherence to dress requirements. As you begin the wedding festivities in style, take advantage of this opportunity to showcase your personal style and make lasting memories.


All images reference: Abby Hart Photo

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