It’s finally here: the last night before you say your “I do’s” and start your new married life! While your rehearsal dinner is an important time to finalize all the details before the big day, it’s also the official start of your wedding celebrations. To set the tone for the coming events and kick off the party vibes, you need a stunning ‘fit — and we’ve found the perfect rehearsal dinner dresses for the job!
From flirty LWDs to swoon-worthy satin styles, rehearsal dinner dresses can be anything you want them to be. To help you find “the one,” we’ve narrowed down some eye-catching picks for every bridal and aesthetic, whether you’re a minimalist at heart or a full glam babe.
But before we get into the gorgeous gowns, here are some quick tips to help you make your final night one to remember!
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How to Dress for a Rehearsal Dinner
Similar to the rest of your wardrobe for the big day, your rehearsal dinner dress should show off your unique bridal style! While white dresses are a classic choice, there are no rules when it comes to dressing for your rehearsal dinner.
Instead, we suggest rocking rehearsal dinner dresses that reflect your theme and mirror your your venue. Going laid back with a beach soirée? Look for breezy, bohemian rehearsal dinner dresses! Tying the knot on a swanky city rooftop? Keep it modern with rehearsal dinner jumpsuits!
It’s also best for your ‘fit to match your dress code. If you’ve decided on semi formal attire for the big day, you should avoid a super casual or super formal dress for the rehearsal dinner (and vice versa!).
The same goes for your accessories — complete your look with styles that match your wedding vibes, like a cute pair of bridal boots for a mountain ceremony. This is also your chance to have some fun and rock accessories that get everyone in the party spirit, like a playful pair of tassel earrings!
Where to Buy a Rehearsal Dinner Dress
Where you buy your rehearsal dinner dress will depend on the style of your celebration, but here are our favorite shops to help you find your perfect ‘fit!
- Etsy: For unique styles that never miss, it doesn’t get better than Etsy! All of their rehearsal dinner dresses are made by independent designers — so you’re not only getting something totally one-of-a-kind, but you’re also supporting small businesses! Plus, Etsy is our one-stop shop for unique wedding decor, statement accessories, and even gorgeous bridal gowns.
- BHLDN: The crème de la crème of all things bridal, BHLDN has no shortage of stunning rehearsal dinner dresses. From simple and classic designs to modern and playful styles, their dresses are guaranteed to up your style game. BHLDN also has stunning picks for your bridal shower, after party, and, of course, the big day itself!
- Lulus: Introducing our affordable favorite! Lulus specializes in trendy, stylish, and budget-friendly dresses for every part of the planning timeline — from rehearsal dinner dresses to bachelorette party ‘fits! And the best part about Lulus dresses? You’ll definitely wear them again.
Now, let’s get into our favorite rehearsal dinner dresses that will help you celebrate your night before in style!
White Rehearsal Dinner Dresses
A classic for a reason, white rehearsal dinner dresses ooze classic bridal vibes. They’re perfect if you’re going for an all-white wedding ensemble (from a white bridal shower ‘fit to a white wedding gown!), or if you want something gorgeously bridal for the night before you tie the knot.
Another bonus of white rehearsal dinner dresses: they’ll match the vibes no matter the venue, season, or style of your day! All you have to do is find the one that showcases your sartorial style.
From sexy slip dresses to elegant midi gowns, here are our top white rehearsal dinner dresses!
Short and SO sweet! For white rehearsal dinner dresses with a dose of drama, look no further than this statement frock from BHLDN. It takes one of our favorite bridal trends of the year (bow ties) and kicks it up a notch, with a floor-skimming, oversized bow that’ll win you major fashion points.
Plus, the whimsical bow detail is removable, so you can get an effortless second look for your honeymoon and beyond! Because who doesn’t need an elegantly tailored little white dress?
This white rehearsal dinner dress puts the “sweet” in sweetheart neckline! Oh-so romantic, it pairs the sweetest silhouette with flirty details, like a ruffle hem and fluttery, off-the-shoulder sleeves.
It’s perfect for when you want to give your shoulders the spotlight or show off a stunning statement necklace!
Made with a soft, silky fabric, this white midi dress would wow for elegant summertime ceremonies and gorgeous garden celebrations. We also love the idea of rocking silk rehearsal dresses if you’re wearing a silky gown for the big day — like a little teaser for the main event!
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Take a bow! Another one of our favorite white rehearsal dinner dresses with a bow tie detail, this on-trend midi dress is seriously show-stopping.
While its form-fitting silhouette keeps things minimalistic, the drama is in the details. From that oversized bow to the plunging neckline to the crystal beaded straps, this dress is bringing the glam.
Pair this white rehearsal dinner dress with some equally stand-out heels, like these bow tie pumps, for a look that really kicks off the celebrations.
One-shoulder necklines are having a serious moment right now, and this white rehearsal dinner dress is proof! We’re digging the modern one-shoulder bodice, which exudes sophistication without feeling boring. Completed with a flattering tie detail and a stretchy fabric that hugs your curves in all the right places, this trendy white dress is a real winner.
Not sure if the traditional white look is for you? This sophisticated midi also comes in black for something classic, formal, and a little sexy.
Speaking of something a little sexy….let us introduce the best of the best sultry white rehearsal dinner dresses! The perfect LWD, this silky mini is simply irresistible, with a flattering cowl neckline, a ruched short skirt, and a pop of white lace. You’ll also want to check out the lace-up back — we’re obsessed!
While it’s definitely tantalizing, this silhouette is still appropriate for mingling with out-of-towners and toasting your family. Rock it for a warm weather celebration or a formal meets modern affair.
This is like the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants for white rehearsal dinner dresses: it looks good on everyone! We’re swooning over the sweetheart neckline, the stylish puffed sleeves, and the curve-hugging empire waist — but the real star of the show is that mesmerizing tulip hemline. Very on-theme for sweet springtime events and blossoming garden parties!
Is there such a thing as too many ruffles? Our answer: never! As the last dress you’ll wear before you say your “I do’s,” we say have a little fun with it. This white rehearsal dress is playful, flirty, and eye-catching, with a form-fitting strapless silhouette that maxes out on ruffles.
Made by Cleobella, this fun white dress is also ethically handmade. The brand works with local artisans and small factories and is committed to sustainable manufacturing practices. In other words, you can feel just as amazing about buying this white rehearsal dinner dress as you’ll feel about wearing it!
Channel elegant and carefree vibes with this luxe satin rehearsal dinner dress. It’s absolutely regal with asymmetrical draping and a sweeping off-the-shoulder neckline. Plus, it looks WAY more expensive than its $82 price tag!
If you’re planning a glam destination ceremony, this layered white dress is made for you. Even if you’re staying closer to home, this ‘fit will transport you to the sunny Mediterranean in seconds. Maybe the perfect dress does exist!
Winter Rehearsal Dinner Dresses
‘Tis the season for extra glam, major sequins, and sleek silhouettes! Whether you’re dressing for a snowy backdrop or a cozy lodge, we’ve rounded up the winter rehearsal dinner dresses that will set the mood for your cold weather celebrations.
Winter can sometimes feel harder to dress for, especially if you want to wear a fashion-forward dress and brave the weather at the same time. Our favorite winter rehearsal dinner dresses manage to do both — but they would all also look stun-ning with some sweater weather accessories, like faux fur wraps, sleek boots, and chic jackets.
Keep scrolling for all of our favorite winter rehearsal dinner dresses, plus the cozy accessories we’d style them with!
This winter rehearsal dinner dress wins the most likely to be complimented award! It features rows of glistening white sequins, weather-appropriate long sleeves, and an oh-so flattering wrap silhouette. Prepare for lots of oohs and ahhs as you make your rounds during dinner.
For a timeless style you’ll love forever, look no further than long sleeve bridal gowns! Here’s a list of our top picks.
Consider this the cool girl version of a winter rehearsal dinner dress. If a dress isn’t your prerogative, keep things cool (and cozy) with a modern blazer and pants combo!
Style this trendy two piece with a white lacy camisole, a matching satin crop top, or a bright blouse for a pop of color. There are no wrong answers here! And as an added bonus, you can totally rewear this set for your honeymoon, at the office, or during happy hour!
The dress version of the last ‘fit! This sexy, silky winter rehearsal dinner dress is the perfect blend of masculine and feminine, with a menswear-inspired silhouette plus a micro mini hemline. It’s such a fun look for a modern city ceremony where style is the name of the game.
We could go on and on about what makes this white blazer dress so *chef’s kiss* but we’ll just leave it at this: crystal buttons! Rock it with an equally sparkly statement necklace to draw attention to that plunging neckline.
This winter rehearsal dinner dress is the definition of cute + comfy! The star of the show is that breezy, pleated midi skirt, which flows open to reveal a pop of skin. It’s so airy and floaty, you’ll almost forget it’s there!
Made by our one true love, Reformation, this is another sustainable rehearsal dinner dress that you can feel good about adding to your closet. As if you needed another reason to love it! Pair it with this cute cream knit top for chic and casual ‘fit.
Let’s get this party started! Channel the vibes of a walking disco ball with this glitz and glam white winter rehearsal dinner dress. Covered in hand-stitched, glittering sequins, it’s guaranteed to be the life of the party.
Plus, this dazzling wrap dress is deceptively comfortable, with a tie waist and dramatic balloon sleeves. You’ll never want to take it off — so why not repurpose it as your after party look, too?! Just add a pair of pearly sparkly heels and you’re golden.
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This one goes above and beyond to keep you warm AND stylish with a fluttery bodice, a sexy v-neck, and flared pants (which will give you legs for days).
While the pants have you covered for chillier temps, that strapless top may need some support if you’re in a colder climate. We’d style it with a cozy meets luxe faux fur wrap for extra warmth. Very Old Hollywood chic!
Mock neck? Check. Statement long sleeves? Check. Floaty pleats and a stylish back? Check and check! This cute white trapeze dress is checking off ALL the boxes for gorgeous winter rehearsal dinner dresses.
So flirty, with its mini length, this dress is practically begging to be worn with a pair of boots. Keep things sweet with these feminine bow tie booties, or add some white over-the-knee boots to hop on one of winter’s hottest trends.
Casual Rehearsal Dinner Dresses
If there’s one thing we learned over the past couple of years, it’s that weddings don’t have to be over-the-top to be amazing. For the couples that are keeping things casual to focus more on their unique love story and less on the pomp and circumstance, these casual rehearsal dinner dresses will fit the mood perfectly.
But just because these dresses are casual doesn’t mean they’re any less stunning! We’ve rounded up the most flattering rehearsal dinner dresses that will keep all eyes on you — no sparkles or extra embellishments needed.
So, whether you’re planning a micro ceremony or a backyard bash, prepare to fall head over heels in love with this casual rehearsal dinner dresses!
It’s giving cottagecore, but with a girly, lacy twist! We’re suckers for eyelet lace, and this casual rehearsal dinner dress understood the assignment.
With all-over lace, a twirl-ready hemline, and an alluring open back, it proves that a casual dress code definitely doesn’t have to be boring.
Perfect for laid back warm weather celebrations and casual backyard nuptials, this sweet ivory dress has us dreaming about lazy afternoons picking wildflowers in the countryside. And we wouldn’t have it any other way!
P.S. This one would also be SO cute for a bridal shower!
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Trend alert: crochet! Crochet styles are making a comeback in a big way, and it’s safe to say we’re obsessed. Case in point: this casual rehearsal dinner dress!
With cute crochet inserts and flirty tiered ruffles, this boho midi dress feels like a boho take on cottagecore bridal ensembles. It’s laid back and effortless — but also seriously eye-catching.
If we could describe summertime in a dress, it would be this one. Made with uber breathable cotton, this casual rehearsal dinner dress is easy, breezy, and so beautiful.
Like a warm afternoon lounging by the beach, strolling around European cities, or soaking up the sun, this comfy casual dress is about good vibes only.
For obvious reasons, we love this casual rehearsal dinner dress for beach ceremonies — but it would also stun for almost any carefree warm weather celebration! Dress code: floaty and free-spirited.
Another one of our favorite casual rehearsal dinner dresses, this ivory frock features the silhouette of the season. We’re talking square neckline, tiered skirt, and dramatic sleeves. Say less!
With such a versatile style, you’ll be reaching for this dress WAY after the last toast of your rehearsal dinner. Dress it up with some glowing gold jewelry, or tone it down for Saturdays at the farmers market with trendy wedges and your favorite tote bag.
All your other dresses will be jealous once this one enters the wardrobe! A little bit vintage, a little bit boho, and a lot dreamy, this casual rehearsal dinner dress is truly TO DIE FOR.
We’re head over heels for all the little details that make it stand out, from the dainty buttons to the intricate floral embroidery. And the lacy ruffle hem? Utter bliss.
The epitome of warm weather chic, this casual mini is also made with 100% cotton for extra comfort. We’ll toast to that!
A minimalist’s dream, this white midi dress is simple but SO effective. It has all the ingredients of perfect casual rehearsal dinner dresses: a square neckline, a timeless silhouette, and a flirty leg slit.
Plus, if that wasn’t enough, a statement strappy back brings major wow factor. Talk about sophisticated in the front, party in the back!
Make this one your own with a sweet + simple birthstone necklace (or a birthstone ring, if that’s more your jam!). Whether you’re a gemini or a virgo, we have a feeling that this dress is a top compatibility match.
Boho Rehearsal Dinner Dresses
Free-spirited, laid back, non-traditional — if we’re describing your bridal aesthetic right now, then you’ll love boho rehearsal dinner dresses! These dresses are more carefree than their classic counterparts, with flowy silhouettes, breezy fabrics, and retro details.
For the bohemian babes, we’ve narrowed down the most stunning boho rehearsal dinner dresses for every dress code and season. They may have different hemlines, fabrics, and silhouettes, but they all channel effortlessly cool vibes. And they’re also perfect if you’re rocking a bohemian gown on the big day!
Here are our all-time favorite boho rehearsal dinner dresses.
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Attention all boho brides — this is THE perfect rehearsal dinner dress for a romantic, free-spirited night before! It adds a dose of whimsy to our favorite warm weather silhouette, with lacy floral cut-outs along the hemline and the balloon sleeves.
Not pictured: the stunning open back! Show an unexpected pop of skin, adorned with two delicate bow ties. You’ll definitely want to wear your hair up with this floaty floral dress.
Romance is in the air with this boho rehearsal dinner dress! For formal meets retro celebrations, this floral lace dress will set the tone straight away. We’re digging the subtle ’70s details, from the groovy bell sleeves to the v-neck decorated with floral appliqués.
If you’re planning a bohemian black tie ceremony, you can stop scrolling now. This is the romantic, whimsical gown for you. Style it with some pretty floral wedding nails to complete the look!
Channel a blooming secret garden with floral-detailed boho rehearsal dinner dresses! We can practically smell the sweet fragrance of the flowers on this botanical dress from here. A colorful pick perfect for a vibrant and fresh springtime event!
But this floral gown isn’t all sweet — a plunging neckline also gives it some spice. We have a feeling your S.O. will be swooning over this one!
If you’ve been looking for the perfect LWD with a boho twist, this lacy white rehearsal dinner dress has you covered (literally!). It gives the classic white mini a flirty, retro-inspired upgrade with all-over floral lace, romantic bell sleeves, and a plunging open back.
The result? You can get an impossibly (bohemian) chic look in the seconds it takes to throw this lacy white dress over your head. Laid back brides that still love a fashion moment, this one’s for you!
Take advantage of the shorter hemline and break out a stunning pair of white heels. These ’70s-inspired platforms are EVERYTHING (and under $50).
The ideal boho rehearsal dinner dress if you’re tying the knot in your backyard or the countryside! Another crochet dream, this casual cotton midi dress will make you feel as effortlessly stunning as you look.
We’re smitten with the custom embroidery on the bodice and the fluttery sleeves, but it’s the crochet panels that have our hearts.
Style it with some grass-friendly kicks and these whimsical beaded daisy earrings for a look that goes above and beyond the bohemian theme.
The reviews don’t lie: this is one of the best boho rehearsal dinner dresses in the game. Other soon-to-be-weds love the sweet crochet trim, the stunning open back, and the fact that they can dress it up and down to fit the occasion.
We love all that, plus the alluring v-neck, the dainty floral details, and the airy woven fabric (a must for warm weather)! You definitely can’t go wrong with this flirty mini dress.
P.S. This frock also comes in navy blue for a nautical seaside party!
Our Favorite Wedding Planning Resources
As any soonlywed knows, wedding planning includes MUCH more than just the Big Day. Before you say your “I do’s” and start your life as a married couple, there are seemingly endless celebrations to plan — which also means picking out seemingly endless outfits to wear to those events!
That’s where we come in. We’ve created guides for every party leading up to the main event (plus lists for what to wear to them), so you can kick back and enjoy the celebrations in style.
Now that you know the ins and outs of the best rehearsal dinner dresses, check out our comprehensive planning guide for the rehearsal dinner itself! You’ll also love our complete bridal shower planning guide — plus our round-up of the most stunning bridal shower gowns!
And don’t forget the bachelorette party! Here are 29 creative bachelorette party ideas to make it one to remember. Plus, we’ve narrowed down the best bridesmaid gifts to show your girls some love before the big day!
Do you have any planning questions that we haven’t answered? Let us know in the comments below!