An airy palette of ivory, cream, and eggshell has presumably been at the crux of your pre-wedding wardrobe from the engagement party to your bridal shower and bachelorette festivities. And now it’s time for your rehearsal dinner dress. Whether your taste is classic, daring, or super casual, on the eve of your nuptials, it’s time to up the ante with a showstopping style.
For those in the mood for bridal white, a cocktail dress that’s minimal, embellished, or touched with lace is exquisite and truly sets the bridal tone. If you’re really paying attention to details, you can opt for a style that mimics your wedding gown by going for a similar neckline, hem, or sleeve shape. Or, you can go in the opposite direction of your wedding dress if you had difficulty choosing between various gown styles.
High-shine sequins or a glimmering metallic frock is party-perfect in silver, gold, or shimmering pewter for a rehearsal dinner dress. Even shades of white with a subtle sheen feel distinctive for a celebratory occasion and a little more glamorous if you’ve played it safe with elegant and feminine dresses for your engagement party and bridal shower. We especially love this look for a wedding timed for the holidays! For a decidedly fall feel, play with color and texture—jewel-toned lace, sumptuous velvet, or a moody floral print is entirely seasonal with a darkly romantic edge.
Clean lines in timeless silhouettes are ideal for those drawn to versatility—a minimal sheath in any color can be worn time and again while a sophisticated midi dress works for myriad occasions after your wedding festivities. If you want to toe the bridal line with something slightly unexpected, go for a lace number in graphic black and white—the effect will be eye-catching and fresh yet still within the vibe of your wedding. Perhaps you’re in the mood for a little black dress—a modern silhouette or fanciful frock touched with feathers will stand out the night before your wedding.
Options are endless, whether you want your rehearsal dinner dress to be refined and casual, sexy yet elevated, or entirely glamorous. Whatever you choose, scroll ahead for our edit of 53 rehearsal dinner for fall and winter brides with options ranging from under $40 all the way to designer-style prices.