What to Wear to Your Rehearsal Dinner
A rehearsal dinner is a great chance for the couple to thank their families, friends and the bridal party before the wedding. The rehearsal dinner is traditionally held the evening before the wedding, right after the wedding rehearsal. Although it can take place anytime prior to the wedding date.
The rehearsal dinner is normally paid for by the groom's parents. However, the bride and groom can also choose to pay for the dinner as part of their thanks to their friends and relatives.
The immediate families, plus the bridal party are invited to the rehearsal dinner. Also any out-of-town wedding guests should be included. The dinner is normally held at a semi-formal or casual restaurant. During the rehearsal dinner, the bride and groom toast their family and the bridal party. This is also the time that the couple can give gifts to their bridesmaids and groomsmen.
What to Wear
Obviously, the attire will depend quite a bit on the venue and style of the dinner. Rehearsal dinners can be held at casual establishments, but more often than not, they take place in a semi-formal environment.
A traditional suit, a sports coat and slacks, or even a pair of khaki pants and a nice sweater are all suitable for the groom.
The bride can choose from many options:
The Pantsuit – A classic pantsuit is always a good fashion choice for the rehearsal dinner. Choose dark colors for a more formal event or fun, bright colors for a casual venue. Warm weather fabrics, include silk, linen and light knits. For colder weather, select a pantsuit in velvet, wool or jersey knit. Add a pair of feminine, heeled shoes or boots. Mary Jane pumps, velvet mules or leather boots all will work well.
The Little Black Dress – Always a big hit, the little black dress is very appropriate for a rehearsal dinner. If you husband-to-be is wearing a dark suit, dress accordingly by choosing a dressy style where the skirt falls at or just below the knee. A little black cocktail dress is also a good choice. Sleeveless, halter style or capped sleeve styles are perfect. For a cocktail dress, short skirts are fine as long as they are not too short. Anything more than two inches above the knee is probably not a good idea. Add a pair of strappy sandals, peep-toe pumps or patent leather slingbacks.
The Sweater Dress – For a winter wedding, the sweater dress is the perfect option for your rehearsal dinner. A style that is skims the body but is not too clingy is perfect. You can choose from cowl neck, turtle neck or v-neck varieties. As with the cocktail dress, anything too short is not appropriate. Choose any colors you like, including solids, stripes and prints. For a more casual affair, wear your sweater dress with a pair of knee high leather boots. For something more formal, choose a pair of dress pumps or sandals.