Before the big day comes the wedding rehearsal (and subsequent dinner), and you want to look equally as chic as you will for the real thing. Your rehearsal look should be pretty and sophisticated, but more lighthearted and less formal than your gown — after all, it's a nice dinner, but not thatnice. We got great rehearsal dress shopping tips from some of our own experts. See what they had to say:
- POPSUGAR celebrity editor (and esteemed Sugar bride) Lauren Turner on tradition: "A lot of brides wear white to their rehearsal dinners, but some don't. I went with a fitted cobalt blue cocktail dress because I wanted something that looked nothing like my wedding gown. It's really a personal preference."
- Love and Sex editor Tara Block on her rehearsal dress: "It had a bejeweled Peter Pan collar that made it a bit dressy, but overall it was pretty casual. I was even able to wear it again to the [Sugar Inc.] holiday party."
- Love and Sex editor Tara Block on using your rehearsal as an excuse to give your wedding shoes a spin: "I know some brides that wore their wedding shoes to the rehearsal dinner, to break them in before the big day. Basically, the bride shouldn't be afraid to be the dressiest one there!"
Smart tips, right? So whether your dinner is a five-star restaurant, casual eatery, or backyard BBQ, you shouldn't be afraid to shine. We've rounded up 20 rehearsal dress options — some white and some bright — that are sure to set you apart during your run-through celebration. Click through to see and shop them all now.
— Additional reporting by Hannah Weil