There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to rehearsal dinner fashion – at least for brides.  Men are generally expected to wear suits or nice khakis depending on the venue and season, but brides can wear white or color, dresses or separates, even pants!  Pretty much anything goes, so I’ve rounded up a few favorite ideas for some rehearsal dinner fashion inspiration.  First up, a few favorite white dresses for the classic bride…

No. 1 Dessy; No. 2 Nordstrom; No. 3 Dessy; No. 4 Zara; No. 5 Nordstrom; No. 6 J Crew

You can never go wrong with a little black dress – and you’re practically guaranteed to wear it over and over again!

Left to right: J Crew, Anthropologie, Madewell

Pro advice:  I recommend that brides wear something they love and feel fabulous in.  Make sure you feel comfortable too!!  As “grown ups” we don’t get many opportunities each year to get dressed up, so take advantage of the occasion! – Janice Carnevale, Bellwether Events

If you’re planning an outdoor rehearsal dinner like a BBQ or lobster bake, consider a more casual dress.  I wore a light cotton sundress from Anthropologie for my own outdoor BBQ rehearsal dinner in 2008, and websites like Tobi, ASOS, and ModCloth are wonderful resources for pretty dresses that won’t break the bank.

Left to right: Anthropologie, Tobi, Thread Social

Juli loves the idea of wearing pants or separates to a rehearsal dinner before a formal wedding – consider a sequin top with slacks (or the awesome jumpsuit below).  Separates can also be fantastic if your house of worship asks that you cover your shoulders during the rehearsal.  Bring your favorite cardigan, shawl, or a cute bolero if you’re planning to wear a sleeveless or strapless dress to dinner.

All outfits from Cusp (you can shop in person at their Georgetown location!)

Pro advice: While most houses of worship don’t have specific guidelines for what you can and cannot wear to wedding rehearsals, it’s very respectful to take any guidelines provided for the wedding itself into account when dressing for your rehearsal.  A very popular request is for women to cover their shoulders (and sometimes arms) when in a house of worship.  Luckily current fashions make this easy to oblige with this request, as shrugs, wraps and cardigans can easily provide some extra coverage during a wedding rehearsal and then be easily removed for your dinner. Another option is to schedule your rehearsal several hours earlier in the day than your rehearsal dinner, allowing you enough time to change before the dinner. – Sara Bauleke, Bella Notte

I personally love a bit of sparkle, and a bride should absolutely shine at her rehearsal dinner!  Or go fun and playful with pops of color and pattern.

No. 1 ASOS; No. 2 Gryphon; No. 3 Vince; No. 4 Marc Jacobs; No. 5 Kate Spade; No. 6 BCBG via Nordstrom

Finally… I’m going to fill you in on my little secret for parties: Rent the Runway!  If you don’t already know about this amazing service, you can rent designer dresses – from glamorous evening gowns to flirty cocktail dresses – for as little as $50!

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We are almost done our week of rehearsal dinner ideas and inspiration.  In the meantime, let us know what you’ll be wearing!

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