20 Rehearsal Dinner Dresses for Every Venue and Vibe

We’ll wine and dine you with these shoppable picks.
Three white rehearsal dinner dresses
Photos, left to right: ELOQUII, Anthropologie, Reformation
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Sofia Deeb
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  • Sofia writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide with a specialty in fashion and e-commerce.
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Sofia was a writer for Santa Barbara Life and Style Magazine.
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Updated Jul 26, 2023
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So, you've found the dress you're going to walk down the aisle in—now it's time to pick out a rehearsal dinner dress to kick off the celebrations. Pre-wedding events offer you a chance to really lean into your everyday style, there's a lot less pressure. Besides, by now you're probably an expert shopper anyways. To help you begin your search, we've rounded up the best rehearsal dinner dresses on the market, from white lace frocks to floral printed gowns. Some are classic while others are trendy, but one thing's certain: They're all spectacular choices to round out your wedding wardrobe.

Rehearsal Dinner Dresses for Brides: What To Consider

The truth is, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to selecting your rehearsal dinner outfit. Whether you want to wear a traditional white dress or go for an out-of-the-box ensemble, it's entirely up to you and your personal style. When in doubt, you can never go wrong with a stylish midi dress—they're ideal for looking put-together, without being overdressed. Our tip is to keep the venue in mind while shopping, so under each of our shoppable picks, we've indicated the best locations to wear them to.

13 White Rehearsal Dinner Dresses

Look, you don't have to wear white to your rehearsal dinner (or even to your wedding for that matter). But, if you are looking for an excuse to flaunt a little white dress, it's the perfect opportunity. Here's 13 of our favorite white rehearsal dinner dresses.

Rebecca Vallance Puff-Sleeve V-Neck Midi Dress

White puff-sleeve midi rehearsal dinner dress from Rebecca Vallance
Photo: Anthropologie

Talk about kicking off your wedding weekend in style. This fashion-forward midi dress is for the brides who don't want their wedding gown to be the sole star of the show. I mean, just look at those puff sleeves.

Rehearsal Venue: Upscale Restaurant, Hotel, or Country Club | Size Range: 0 - 16

Bridal by ELOQUII Corseted Tiered Dress

Floral tiered rehearsal dinner dress from Bridal by ELOQUII
Photo: ELOQUII

From its ruffled shoulders to its bustier bodice, you'll love everything about this floral ivory rehearsal dinner dress (we certainly do). The tiered ruffles on its skirt add a fun and flirty element to the elegant tea-length silhouette.

Rehearsal Venue: Cocktail Bar, Winery or Tasting Room | Size Range: 14 - 28

Reformation Liliwen Dress

White rehearsal dinner mini dress with train from Reformation
Photo: Reformation

Whether you're rocking it for the rehearsal dinner or reception, you can't go wrong with this darling mini. It features a sweep train at the back for added bridal drama. PS: The train can easily be detached when it's time to hit the dance floor.

Rehearsal Venue: Cafe or Bistro | Size Range: 0 - 12

Sachin & Babi Phoebe Dress

White sequin rehearsal dinner dress from Sachin & Babi
Photo: Sachin & Babi

You're guaranteed to shine in this dress (and not just because it's covered in sequins). Its off-shoulder neckline and gathered waist make for an ultra-flattering silhouette (aka: a major confidence booster).

Rehearsal Venue: Cocktail Bar, Winery or Tasting Room | Size Range: 0 - 14

Sachin & Babi Vienna Notched V-Neck Bow-Back Jacquard Midi Dress

White jacquard rehearsal dinner midi dress with bow detail from Sachin & Babi
Photo: Sachin & Babi

You can expect to receive plenty of compliments when you show up to your rehearsal dinner in this midi dress. Featuring an intricate jacquard print and oversized bow embellishment on the back, it's the perfect combination of timeless and modern.

Rehearsal Venue: Upscale Restaurant, Hotel, or Country Club | Size Range: 0 - 26W

Bridal by ELOQUII Pleated Dress With Draped Bodice

White pleated rehearsal dinner dress with draped bodice from Bridal by ELOQUII
Photo: ELOQUII

Your pre-wedding events offer the perfect excuse to dress to the nines (not that you ever really needed one). We love this plus-size pick for a formal affair. Not only is it oh-so elegant, but it's also extremely versatile.

Rehearsal Venue: Upscale Restaurant, Hotel, or Country Club | Size Range: 14 - 28

Bronx and Banco Mademoiselle Corset Sequined Midi Dress

White sequin tea-length rehearsal dinner dress from Bronx and Banco
Photo: Anthropologie

We're spilling the tea: This tea-length gown is just about as glamorous as it gets. Enveloped in shimmering sequins and featuring a pearl-embellished waist belt and straps, all eyes will certainly be on you when you step out in it.

Rehearsal Venue: Cocktail Bar, Winery or Tasting Room | Size Range: XS - XL

Birdy Grey Tiered Maxi Dress with Bowtie Detail

Tiered maxi rehearsal dinner dress from Birdy Grey
Photo: Birdy Grey

Here's a darling bow dress to tie your wedding wardrobe together (literally). Made from cotton and linen, it's an ideal pick for dining alfresco. Top off your look with a pair of woven wedges and a rattan bag.

Rehearsal Venue: Garden, Beach or Other Outdoor Venue | Size Range: S - L

Reformation Lazaro Satin Dress

White satin cowl-neck rehearsal dinner dress from Reformation
Photo: Reformation

As it turns out, you just can't compete with the classics. This satin gown features a cowl neckline, balloon sleeves and a mermaid silhouette for a look that's guaranteed to stand the test of time.

Rehearsal Venue: Upscale Restaurant, Hotel, or Country Club | Size Range: 0 - 12

Show Me Your Mumu Claire Mini Dress

White rehearsal dinner mini dress with bow details from Show Me Your Mumu
Photo: Show Me Your Mumu

This dress is nothing *short* of perfection, but don't believe us; Trust the hundreds of other brides who have given it a 5-star review. Detachable bows on the shoulders and waist allow you to seamlessly switch up the mini dress' style for all your pre-wedding events.

Rehearsal Venue: Backyard Barbeque | Size Range: XS - XXL

Abercrombie & Fitch Strapless Satin Maxi Dress

Strapless white rehearsal dinner maxi dress from Abercrombie & Fitch
Photo: Abercrombie & Fitch

Sometimes simple makes a statement, and this dress is a testament to that. The strapless look features a streamlined silhouette that offers the perfect blank canvas to accessorize with. Might we suggest a statement-making bridal hat?

Rehearsal Venue: Brewery, Tavern or Pub | Size Range: XXSP - XLT

Birdy Grey Lace Sheath Dress

White lace rehearsal dinner midi dress from Birdy Grey
Photo: Birdy Grey

Show up to your seaside soireé in style with this lace midi dress. All-over eyelet cutouts and an illusion waist make it an ultra-breathable pick for an outdoor event in the sun. Don't forget a pair of block heels for seamless strutting through the sand.

Rehearsal Venue: Garden, Beach or Other Outdoor Venue | Size Range: S - L

Reformation Bucatini Linen Dress

White linen rehearsal dinner midi dress from Reformation
Photo: Reformation

A classic look for a classic bride. This lightweight linen midi dress is sure to become a staple in your wardrobe long after your rehearsal dinner. Pair it with sandals for a casual outdoor event or level up your look with a pair of pumps.

Rehearsal Venue: Cafe or Bistro | Size Range: 0 - 12

7 Unique Rehearsal Dinner Dresses

Maybe simple just isn't your style. Hey, there's nothing wrong with that. If you're looking to kick off your wedding weekend in a standout look, here's seven of our favorite unique rehearsal dinner dresses.

V. Chapman Lily Ruched & Ruffled Stretch Midi Dress

Blue and white floral tiered rehearsal dinner midi dress from V. Chapman
Photo: Anthropologie

Looking for something floral for your festivities? We've got you covered. Thanks to its charming print, this ruffled midi dress can double as your something blue.

Rehearsal Venue: Cafe or Bistro | Size Range: 0 - 14

By Watters Meringue in Polished Dupioni

Pink puff sleeve mini dress from By Watters
Photo: Watters Designs

Pretty in pink is an understatement. This puff sleeved mini dress is sure to add the perfect pop-of-color to your wedding wardrobe. Not to mention, you can wear it long after your i-dos.

Rehearsal Venue: Brewery, Tavern or Pub | Size Range: 4 - 14

Helsi Beaded Fringe Maxi Dress

Beaded fringe rehearsal dinner maxi dress from Helsi
Photo: Anthropologie

Get ready to party like it's 1920. This vintage-inspired maxi dress will certainly take you back in time. Art Deco sequins and beaded tassels make it an ultra-glamorous option to begin your wedding weekend in.

Rehearsal Venue: Upscale Restaurant, Hotel, or Country Club | Size Range: XS - XL

Lulus Show Stopper Cream Embroidered Sequin Bodycon Midi Dress

Cream embroidered bodycon rehearsal dinner midi dress from Lulus
Photo: Lulus

Maybe you're a bride with a 'more is more' mentality. In that case, you'll love this maximalist pick. With sequin-embroidered flowers and tulle flutter sleeves, it's certainly a look to remember.

Rehearsal Venue: Cocktail Bar, Winery or Tasting Room | Size Range: XXS - XL

Fame and Partners Francois Gown

Champagne-colored rehearsal dinner dress with draped open back from Fame and Partners
Photo: Fame and Partners

Nothing says 'celebration' quite like a champagne-colored gown. This unique look features an asymmetric neckline and draped open back. With the option to have it made to your measurements, you truly can't go wrong.

Rehearsal Venue: Upscale Restaurant, Hotel, or Country Club | Size Range: Custom

Show Me Your Mumu Eden Midi Dress

Sequin midi rehearsal dinner dress from Show Me Your Mumu
Photo: Show Me Your Mumu

As the bride, you'll already have all eyes on you. . .so wearing an all-over sequined gown is extra for all the right reasons. We love that this classic square-neck option comes in a wide range of sizes and colors to fit whatever vibe you're going for.

Rehearsal Venue: Cocktail Bar, Winery or Tasting Room | Size Range: XXS - 3XL

By Watters Tart Dress

Blush pink rehearsal dinner mini dress with detachable Juliet sleeves from By Watters
Photo: Watters Designs

Donning a full-length gown for your I-dos? Switch up your pre-wedding style in this blush mini dress. The lace number can be worn without its detachable Juliet sleeves, but if you're anything like us you'll probably want to embrace the extra glam they add.

Rehearsal Venue: Cocktail Bar, Winery or Tasting Room | Size Range: 0 - 14

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