It can be difficult to know exactly what to wear to a rehearsal dinner, particularly if you’re not a part of the wedding party.
Though you might be able to take some cues from the location of the wedding, the location of the dinner, or the formality of the invitation, you still might find yourself going back and forth about the most appropriate outfit for the occasion.
We consulted wedding experts to find out what you should really wear to a rehearsal dinner, so you don’t have to stress over it anymore on your own.
Determining what to wear to a wedding rehearsal dinner can be more complicated than you might think, regardless of your role at the wedding.
Because you’re not a bride or groom, you probably feel as though you shouldn’t be either overdressed or underdressed, so you might find yourself hemming and hawing over the best choice.
“Sometimes rehearsal dinners are formal affairs. Sometimes they’re casual hangouts. My standard recommendation is to dress in a way that fits the atmosphere of the event,” Janessa White, co-founder of Simply Eloped, told INSIDER.
Perhaps a dress is most appropriate, or a casual pair of pants or a skirt, maybe you should wear heels or opt for something akin to boat shoes, sandals, or even sneakers, depending on the details of the event. Ultimately, there are a number of things that can clue you in and help you make the best choice you can, leaving you feeling confident going into the rehearsal and dinner itself.
In some cases, you might receive a printed invitation to the dinner. If so, taking your cues from the invite itself can be a good place to start.
“If the rehearsal dinner is on the earlier side of the evening (5 p.m., for example) that generally would imply a less formal attire than a dinner at night (7 p.m., for example),” Maya Devassy Tarach, owner of Preoccupied Bride, told INSIDER.
Besides taking note of the time of the dinner, you can also infer a dress code from where the dinner (or other rehearsal event) is being held.
“Some have a theme geared toward the bride and grooms’ hobbies, like a barn dance if it is someone who is into equestrian sports or the country club if it is golfers. You tailor your choices to fit the mood and theme of the dinner, as you wouldn’t wear jeans if it’s at a country club or a cocktail dress to a barn,” Diane Lloyde Roth, owner of L’Armoire, told INSIDER.
If you don’t have a rehearsal dinner invitation to use as a reference point, either because you received a verbal invite to the dinner or are attending as someone’s date, it can be much harder to know what’s appropriate and what might be missing the mark.
“Whenever you’re invited to a rehearsal dinner verbally, chances are it’s either an afterthought or the rehearsal is super informal. With that said, we always say you can …read more
Source:: Business Insider