While you may not be as involved in all of the planning, your
rehearsal dinner is another opportunity for you to show off a bit of you and
your groom’s personality. From the venue to the food, you’re given a bit more
freedom to get creative. This even extends to the clothing. Typically informal
and a bit more laid back, your rehearsal dinner will usually only have your
close family and friends. Because of the smaller guest list, you’re allotted
even more flexibility in the planning.
One of the big questions facing you (and your guests) will be
what to wear. On the invitations that you, or the groom’s parents send out,
should include a dress code. Give your guests an idea of what to expect from
you and your groom, so that no one feels embarrassed for
being over or under dressed.
At Savvi, we want to talk to you about a few different dress styles and when they’re
appropriate for you rehearsal dinner:
This is usually more appropriate for
the actual wedding day, but if you want your rehearsal
dinner to be a fancy affair then black tie is the way to go. Your venue should
be at a more upscale banquet hall and you should anticipate wearing a cocktail
dress or long evening gown. Your groom will be expected to wear a tuxedo
Formal events are typically a little
less formal than the aforementioned black tie affairs. Your groom could wear a tuxedo but a dark suit would also be
A very common
choice, this selection will let your guest to know that men should wear a suit and tie and women should
wear a cocktail dress or a dress skirt and top to dinner.
mean a lot of things to a lot of different people. If you leave the dress code at “casual”
expect to see a variety of interpretations. If you want to avoid guests wearing all sorts of different
outfits, it’s okay to be a bit more explicit in your invitation.
At the end of the day, you rehearsal dinner is an extension of
your wedding day. At the end of the day, you should make sure that you stay
true to yourself and have an event that you and your groom will both enjoy!