If you've already found your dream wedding gown, then you're halfway through the bridal-apparel battle. Getting married usually means finding looks for all the other events besides the wedding itself, like, for instance, your rehearsal dinner. This special ensemble is important because some of your closest loved ones will be in attendance, and as the bride, all eyes will be on you during the festivities. Just like the other outfits in your wedding arsenal, your rehearsal-dinner dress should represent your personality, be easy to move in, and convey a mix of elegance and ease. But really, no rules are set in stone, other than the ones you set yourself. After all, you're the bride! It may be less formal than what you're planning to wear on your big day, but that doesn't have to mean super dressy or casual - the choice is up to you.
Loving short hemlines? If so, consider Reformation's '60s-inspired silk halter mini and The Attico's thigh-high slit dress. Obsessing over embellishments? Turn to Staud's mini wrap dress for a fun, unexpected fringe detail at the hemline. Or if you'd like to ignite your inner "Bridgerton" character, V. Chapman's corset gown will make you feel like the diamond of the season. To go the conventional route, a white wedding-rehearsal dress - like House of CB's pleated satin midi or Rosie Assoulin's pearl mini - might be the answer. But if you're veering nontraditional, pastel shades, off-white options, and even floral prints are strong bridal-appropriate contenders. As long as your final choice makes you look and feel fabulous - and enables you to move freely so you can twirl the night away - that's all that truly matters
What to Wear to Your Wedding Rehearsal
When selecting your wedding-rehearsal dress, you get to make the rules. Feel comfortable and stylish? Congrats, you made the perfect choice! Take a cue from the brides who've been setting their own traditions in nonwhite bridal attire, or commit to the conventional white dress for a timeless look.
How to Style Your Wedding-Rehearsal Dress
Bring out the accessories! Whether they're chunky gold necklaces, pearl drop earrings, or chain belts, the right pieces enliven your wedding-rehearsal look. You can showcase a theme like tropical or introduce a visual contrast, like a sleek white gown with a bold embellished belt. Shoes are also crucial for making a memorable entrance. Opt for sleek kitten heels, towering stilettos, or low strappy flats - whichever style speaks to you the most.
Read on for 13 wedding-rehearsal looks for all the bridal style inspiration you need. They may not all be white, but when you're wearing one of these chic ensembles, everyone will know you're the star of the show.
- Additional reporting by Sarah Wasilak