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What to Wear to Your Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

There are plenty of pre-wedding parties to think about: engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party, bridesmaid brunch, the list goes on. But one party no one really thinks about is the rehearsal dinner. 

Sure, it's not a huge deal to spend precious time (and it is precious when you're wedding planning!) thinking about what you'll wear to such an occasion, but there's no doubt that it's fun. 

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Ice Blue Vintage Lace Tea Length Cocktail Dress

Of course it's fun putting together outfits for each wedding celebration! So today let's talk about the rehearsal dinner and what kind of outfit is the perfect mix of casual, comfortable, but elegant.

The first thing you'll want to consider before you start picking out rehearsal dinner outfits is what kind of dinner you'll have, as that will set the tone for what you'll wear. How many people are invited? Is it just close family and friends or extended guests (like those who live out-of-town)? Where is the dinner located? Is it a casual backyard barbecue or a more black-tie affair? 

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Vintage Style Short Lace Cocktail Dress

After you've sorted out those answers, you can start looking for attire. As the bride you'll definitely want to stand out and shine and the easiest way to do that, while also fitting into any setting, is to find a cocktail dress. You can always go for a little white dress, but also consider a more colorful option to change things up a bit. If you're more comfortable in something subdued, but want to steer from a wedding-day look, opt for gray or navy.

There's black, of course, but the problem is that most guests will probably wear black, and you want to stand out! But if black is your ultimate bag and you think it's the right choice, consider shining through your accessories and shoe choice. A modest black dress can look stunning when paired with bold, statement jewelry.

Short Champagne Lace Dress with Black Lace

Short Champagne Lace Dress with Black Lace

It's also worth trying on separates, like a black top under a white pantsuit or a white top and black skirt. Just be mindful of wine spills when wearing white!

The most important thing to remember is to choose an outfit that expresses who you are and helps you stand out as the bride. Of course your guests will know you're the bride, but why not take the opportunity to dress up? All those pre-wedding parties and your rehearsal dinner are the perfect time to do so!

 

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