What to Wear to Rehearsal Dinner as a Guest

What to wear to rehearsal dinner

It’s a time to celebrate the bride and groom to be, eat some good food, shed a few happy tears over the speeches and of course, stress out about what to wear. But don’t worry, because here is your guide to looking like a million bucks at your next rehearsal dinner.

First things first, let’s talk about the dress code. Typically, rehearsal dinners are a bit more low-key than the actual wedding, so you don’t need to bust out your ball gown just yet. But that doesn’t mean you should show up in your sweatpants either (unless, of course, you want to be judged mercilessly). 

A good rule of thumb is to dress somewhere in between casual and formal. Think elevated jumpsuit, or a dress with a wow factor such as feather detailings, dramatic sleeves, or silks. Just avoid jeans and sneakers unless you want to be the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons.

Now, let’s get to the fun part: accessorizing! A statement necklace or some dangly earrings can really take your outfit to the next level. And don’t forget about shoes! Comfort is key, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Platform heels are really in right now and can be comfortable wearing depending on the brand.

And last but not least, let’s talk about hair and makeup. A little bit of effort goes a long way, so don’t be afraid to put in some extra time to make yourself look extra fabulous. Just remember, less is more. Depending on the outfit you are wearing, a sleek bun, a half up half down hairstyle, or even a really nice blow out with natural makeup is perfect. 

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Here is what I wore to my friend’s rehearsal dinner: a silk feather dress by Taller Marmo, paired with my bottega dupe earrings that I found off of Etsy, my YSL platform heels and a Cult Gaia clutch some statement earrings and black heels. It was the perfect balance of dressy and casual.

what to wear to rehearsal dinner

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