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16 Rehearsal Dinner Dresses to Match Every Bride's Style

Shopping for a knockout rehearsal dinner outfit? You've come to the right place.
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sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
by Sarah Hanlon
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
Sarah Hanlon
Associate Editor
  • Sarah is an Associate Digital Editor for The Knot, with special focuses in fashion, pop culture and wedding trends.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated Feb 10, 2021
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You want a fabulous rehearsal dinner dress to wear to your pre-wedding soirée—now you need help finding the perfect look for the occasion. As it turns out, there are no rules when it comes to selecting your rehearsal dinner outfit. Whether you want to wear a traditional white frock or stun in something unexpected, like a bright red jumpsuit or a feathered mini dress, your options are limitless. But in order to make your search a little easier, we're sharing 18 rehearsal dinner dress options we absolutely love. Some are classic while others are trendy, but one thing is certain: All are stunning choices. Browse our picks to get inspired for your own pre-wedding outfit, or better yet, buy your favorite style on the spot!

1. Classic Chic

Self-Portrait Shopbop rehearsal dinner outfit white dress

A classic fit and flare dress is a great go-to. You'll feel like the most beautiful bride in this fun, flirty design for your rehearsal dinner.

Ieena for Mac Duggal fit & flare party dress in White, $238, Nordstrom.com

2. Metallic Mini

Gold metallic rehearsal dinner dress

Itching to wear something other than white? Show up in an equally festive metallic wedding rehearsal dinner dress. This design from Lilly Pulitzer boasts pockets (score!), and the beaded waistline and glittery embroidery will really let you shine. 

Lilly Pulitzer Levy metallic floral jacquard a-line dress in Gold Metal, $278, SaksFifthAvenue.com

3. Statement Sleeves

White mini dress with sheer puff sleeves

Statement sleeves are an editor-approved way to enhance any ensemble. Flaunt the trend in this ruched, retro-inspired rehearsal dinner outfit for brides.

In The Style Plus ruched mesh puff sleeve mini dress in White, $56, ASOS.com

4. Romantic Lace

Long sleeve lace dress with mock high neck and puff sleeves

If you want to combine classic elegance with a trendy silhouette for your wedding rehearsal dinner dress, opt for a design like this pick from Shopbop. The classic lace overlay is modernized with a mock high neckline and trendy puff sleeves, meaning you'll look like a vision on the big night.

WAYF Emma puff sleeve dress in Ivory, $99, Shopbop.com

5. Something Blue

Blue midi dress with bow on back

Who says you need to save "something blue" for your wedding day? Whether you prefer rich navy or bright cerulean, you're more than welcome to ditch the white rehearsal dinner dress for a modern gown in any blue hue. The eye-catching bow on this pick makes it a total standout. 

ASOS DESIGN bow back midi dress in Blue, $72, ASOS.com

6. Boho Glam

Boho beaded and lace maxi dress

If your closet looks like an Anthropologie store, you'll want to shop the brand's bridal site for all your wedding fashion needs. This boho patchwork lace dress is perfect for the bride who loves intricate details and rustic flair.

Needle & Thread patchwork lace dress in Champagne, $569, BHLDN.com 

7. Flirty Tulle

Strapless tiered tulle dress

If your style is all about drama, this tulle creation is for you. The strapless bodice with a big, tiered skirt will grab everyone's attention—ideal for the bride who wants to make an unforgettable entrance.

Buxom Couture off the shoulder tulle dress, $120, CoEdition.com 

8. Rose Gold Satin

Rose gold satin dress with puff sleeves

Millennial pink lovers, this dress is for you. Incorporate your favorite shade by wearing a rehearsal dinner dress in a lovely rose gold hue. The subtle shine in the fabric will elevate your pre-bridal glow. 

Rachel Parcell Shine satin twill party dress in Pink Dust, $149, Nordstrom.com

9. Off-the-Shoulder Sleeves

Lace off-the-shoulder mini dress

Hosting your rehearsal dinner at a swanky vineyard or in a modern loft? Look no further than this off-the-shoulder mini dress. Equal parts flirty and chic, this rehearsal dinner outfit is a fashion-forward choice for the eve of your wedding.

Self-Portrait off-the-shoulder guipure lace mini dress in Ivory, $405, NET-A-PORTER.com

10. Elegant Maxi

White chiffon maxi dress

This ethereal maxi gown is yet another stunning option when it comes to rehearsal dinner dresses for brides. You'll look effortlessly classy in this dress as you greet your guests and toast to your wedding weekend. 

Lulus Surplice chiffon gown in Cream, $97, Nordstrom.com

11. Bold Feathers

White strapless column dress with feathered neckline

ICYMI, feathers are trending (and for good reason). What better way to upgrade your rehearsal dinner dress than with a bold feathered neckline? This style from Azazie lets you rock an of-the-moment trend. 

Blush Mark All The Best white maxi dress, $34, Azazie.com

12. A Pop of Color

Berry red lace midi dress

Not every bride wants to wear white on their wedding day, let alone for their rehearsal dinner. If you fall in this category, this popular lace dress comes in a deep berry shade that's sure to make you stand out from the crowd. (That said, it does come in wedding white too...)

ASTR the Label lace midi dress in Berry, $89, Nordstrom.com

13. Feminine Floral

Pink floral midi dress

Keep things playful in this rehearsal dinner dress for brides. The floral pattern gown is the epitome of easy-breezy. 

Keepsake Forever midi dress in Tan Gardenia, $215, Shopbop.com

14. Little White Dress

Fitted one shoulder midi dress

You probably have a little black dress in your closet, so why not add a little white dress? This one-shoulder frock features a classic silhouette that's oh-so sophisticated.

InLove by Marina Bulatkina Iceland dress in White, $280, CoEdition.com

15. Timeless Wrap Dress

White wrap dress

Don't want to buy another gown? No problem. Consider renting a designer piece like this Reformation wrap dress for your rehearsal dinner outfit.

Reformation Lottie wrap dress, $50 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com

18. Pretty Pleats

White maxi dress with lace top and pleated skirt

Intricate lace and pretty pleats? Yes please. This gown from ELOQUII is a great option for brides who want to wear something romantic. You'll never want to take your rehearsal dinner dress off (until it's time to wear your wedding dress, that is). 

ELOQUII lace evening dress with pleated skirt in Whitetail, $150, ELOQUII.com

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