Choosing a Dress for your Pre-Wedding Party!

It’s time to show some love to the rehearsal dinner, which is often overlooked and shoved aside in the wake of the wedding. [Obviously!] So today, I’ve decided to funnel my creative juices into picking out some beautiful rehearsal dinner dresses for casual, garden, beachy and formal celebrations [for spring and summer]. Because when the stress level is high and you’re knee-deep in photo proofs and invites, a little retail therapy is the only remedy!

Casual Party: Often held at low-key restaurants [bar-b-que, seafood, hamburger joints] with a very casual dress code. Chose something fun, light and flowy that isn’t too fussy.

Backyard BBQ Rehearsal Dinner, featured on Bridalhood

American Eagle


Poplin Bridget dress

J Crew

T-Bags String Halter Long Dress

Shop Bop

Garden Party: Held at national parks, in backyards, at historical gardens or mansions, dress code is a mix of casual and semi-formal. Floral print gowns and dresses with floral embellishment are perfect for this type of party.

Sweet, Floral Garden party courtesy of High Heels


The Limited [WANT this dress]

Waterfloral pastiche Taryn dress

J Crew

Donna Ricco Ruffle Neck Silk Dress


Beach Party: A rehearsal dinner that is featured on the beach. Attire can be casual or formal. When in doubt, chose something light and airy.

A gorgeous and elegant beach rehearsal dinner, featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs


Riviera Dress

Vineyard Vines

Main image - Prep Green Berry Basket

Lilly Pulitzer

American Eagle

Formal Party: These events are often held in ballrooms, really nice restaurants, on yachts or in private estates. Dress code is often black tie, if not, very formal dress. Go with a gown made of satin, taffeta or silk to really shine.

Very formal and gorgeous table setting

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White House Black Market

Maggy London Tie Waist Metallic Sheath Dress


Tadashi Ruched Matte Jersey Dress


Black Ruffled Cocktail Maxi Dress




Filed under Inspiration Weddings, Planning

3 responses to “Choosing a Dress for your Pre-Wedding Party!

  1. Thease are all beautiful choices! I say you can never have too many dresses 🙂

  2. I am in totall LOVE with that last Etsy dress!!!!!! Has me written all over it!

  3. LOVE that Shop Bop maxi dress you recommended for the informal dinner. To me, rehearsal dinners should be much more casual than the wedding, but still hold a level of formality. And my tip for brides at their rehearsal dinner: don’t drink a whole bottle of wine on an empty stomach!!

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