How to Dress for a Rehearsal Dinner

A rehearsal dinner is often used not only to rehearse an event, such as a wedding, but also as a way to gather all the participants of such an event together to enjoy each other’s company. Usually, the rehearsal gives the bride and groom the opportunity to share any last-minute details about the wedding. Following is a rehearsal dinner, which is a celebratory dinner traditionally hosted by the groom’s parents. During a rehearsal dinner, the wedding party gets better acquainted, and often friends and family toast the bride and groom. Traditionally, the bride and groom present thank you gifts to the wedding party at the rehearsal dinner.

A rehearsal dinner dress can be in a wide range of different styles, depending on the bride and groom’s preferences, so the recommended attire varies. Use these tips to dress for a rehearsal dinner

1. Determine the appropriate rehearsal dinner attire as stated on the invitation.
Dress for a rehearsal dinner based on the instructions on the rehearsal dinner invitation. Many invitations include information about the suggested attire.

2. Ask the groom’s family about suggested attire.
Inquire about proper attire when you RSVP to the rehearsal dinner. Traditionally, the groom’s parents host the rehearsal dinner and send invitations to the event. When you RSVP, ask the groom’s parents about the suggested attire.

3. Evaluate the rehearsal dinner venue to determine appropriate attire.
The venue will provide a clue to the formality of the event. A dinner at a four-star restaurant may require semi-formal attire, while an outdoor barbecue may require casual attire. If you are unfamiliar with the rehearsal dinner venue, research it online to give you some idea of the suggested attire.

4. Determine the appropriate attire based on the rehearsal dinner menu.
If specified on the invitation, the type of food served can indicate the formality of the event. For example, a clambake on the beach may suggest casual attire, while a five-course meal may suggest semi-formal attire.

5. Consider the theme of the wedding when selecting rehearsal dinner attire.
The wedding theme can indicate appropriate rehearsal dinner attire. In general, select rehearsal dinner attire similar to the wedding attire, except less elegant. For example, a beach wedding will likely have a relaxed atmosphere at the rehearsal dinner, which would suggest sundresses for women and slacks with polo shirts for men. A very traditional wedding might suggest classic semi-formal attire for the rehearsal dinner, such as suits for men and cocktail dresses for women.

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