I’ve had the opportunity to stand up in three weddings, as well as attend countless rehearsal dinners for family and friends. It’s always a lovely occasion to go through the next day’s big event and say thank you with a dinner to those involved. I do have some tips for both those in the wedding and those attending the rehearsal dinner as to what to wear:
Don’t wear white. This is reserved for the bride for all bridal acitivities, whether it’s her shower, rehearsal dinner, and definitely the wedding. Wearing a dress that has white on it (like my bridesmaid dress above) is OK, but a solid white or overall “bridal” looking dress is always a no. Play is safe and wear a different color.
Wear the same shoes that you’ll wear the next day. This mainly applies to anyone standing up in the wedding. You’ll want to do a test run with your shoes during the rehearsal in case you need any last minute fixes. I would even suggest wearing a similar dress with the shoes to the rehearsal just to get the feel of it. In the wedding above, I wore a maxi dress and I normally am not used to wearing them so I had to get the feel of picking it up before climbing up altar stairs, etc. It’s smart to wear as close to your next day outfit for the test run!
Dress appropriately for the occasion. This may require a little investigating, but you’ll need to be able to tell how fancy of an event it will be to dress for it. Most rehearsal dinners are a step below the “fancy” level of the wedding, but some cultures and families may have just as fancy of an occasion. I would use the invitation, location of restaurant, and personality of the bride as clues on how to dress. A simple dress is always a safe bet.
Have you been to a rehearsal dinner? Do you have any other tips?