13 Sophisticated Wedding-Rehearsal Dresses For Every Type of Bride
If you've already found your dream wedding gown, then you're halfway through the bridal-apparel battle. Getting married usually means finding looks for all the other events besides the wedding itself, like, for instance, your rehearsal dinner. This special ensemble is important because some of your closest loved ones will be in attendance, and as the bride, all eyes will be on you during the festivities. Just like the other outfits in your wedding arsenal, your rehearsal-dinner dress should represent your personality, be easy to move in, and convey a mix of elegance and ease. But really, no rules are set in stone, other than the ones you set yourself. After all, you're the bride! It may be less formal than what you're planning to wear on your big day, but that doesn't have to mean super dressy or casual — the choice is up to you.
Loving short hemlines? If so, consider Reformation's '60s-inspired silk halter mini and The Attico's thigh-high slit dress. Obsessing over embellishments? Turn to Staud's mini wrap dress for a fun, unexpected fringe detail at the hemline. Or if you'd like to ignite your inner "Bridgerton" character, V. Chapman's corset gown will make you feel like the diamond of the season. To go the conventional route, a white wedding-rehearsal dress — like House of CB's pleated satin midi or Rosie Assoulin's pearl mini — might be the answer. But if you're veering nontraditional, pastel shades, off-white options, and even floral prints are strong bridal-appropriate contenders. As long as your final choice makes you look and feel fabulous — and enables you to move freely so you can twirl the night away — that's all that truly matters
What to Wear to Your Wedding Rehearsal
When selecting your wedding-rehearsal dress, you get to make the rules. Feel comfortable and stylish? Congrats, you made the perfect choice! Take a cue from the brides who've been setting their own traditions in nonwhite bridal attire, or commit to the conventional white dress for a timeless look.
How to Style Your Wedding-Rehearsal Dress
Bring out the accessories! Whether they're chunky gold necklaces, pearl drop earrings, or chain belts, the right pieces enliven your wedding-rehearsal look. You can showcase a theme like tropical or introduce a visual contrast, like a sleek white gown with a bold embellished belt. Shoes are also crucial for making a memorable entrance. Opt for sleek kitten heels, towering stilettos, or low strappy flats — whichever style speaks to you the most.
Read on for 13 wedding-rehearsal looks for all the bridal style inspiration you need. They may not all be white, but when you're wearing one of these chic ensembles, everyone will know you're the star of the show.
— Additional reporting by Sarah Wasilak
Best Wedding-Rehearsal Dresses: House of CB Pleated Satin Midi Dress
Perfect for a wedding rehearsal, birthday dinner, or date night, this House of CB Pleated Satin Midi Dress ($269) is designed to turn heads. From the plunging neckline and corseted bodice to the high-low hemline, this style will be one of your go-to dressy items for years to come. The white style will look crisp, but it also comes in other colors.
Best Wedding-Rehearsal Dresses: The Attico Mini Dress
With its thigh-high slit and flirty straps, this The Attico Mini Dress ($850) is an obvious wedding-rehearsal dress choice. The baby-blue hue pairs perfectly with white slingback heels, silver jewelry, and a tiny top-handle bag.
Best Wedding-Rehearsal Dresses: With Jéan Chloe Corset Dress
Get an instant dose of confidence once you slip into this With Jéan Chloe Corset Dress ($239). It comes in several colorways, and the micro mini is delivering serious '90s Posh Spice vibes. Keep your neck bare, or accessorize with a dainty chain necklace.
Best Wedding-Rehearsal Dresses: Staud Gabrielle Dress
Corset dresses are everywhere this summer, and this Staud Gabrielle Dress ($265) is a favorite for a reason. The off-the-shoulder silhouette shows off a little skin, while the corset bodice hugs you in all the right places. Style it with colorful kitten heels and a matching clutch before heading out the door.
Best Wedding-Rehearsal Dresses: V. Chapman Calla Lily Gown
For an upscale dinner or bridal party or rehearsal, this sage-green V. Chapman Calla Lily Gown ($385) will guarantee a head-turning entrance. While this style also comes in black or white, the pale green is especially ideal for spring and summer. Finish with gold heels and matching accessories.
Best Wedding-Rehearsal Dresses: Rosie Assoulin Pearl Mini Dress
You'll make quite the stunning entrance in the Rosie Assoulin Pearl Mini Dress ($349, originally $995); it will turn heads on the dance floor, especially when paired with sleek heels. It is cut in a lightweight jersey fabric and features detachable pearl bead accents, a ruched bust, and ruching along the sides.
Best Wedding-Rehearsal Dresses: Fame and Partners High Neck Flared Maxi
Inspired by retro slip silhouettes from the 1930s, this Fame and Partners High Neck Flared Maxi ($319) features a romantic halter neckline. The sleeveless silhouette and fitted bodice make it extremely modern. Finish with strappy heels and statement stud earrings.
Best Wedding-Rehearsal Dresses: Staud Olivette Dress
Sparkly fringe details are a favorite this season, and this Staud Olivette Dress ($495) shows why. The design exudes playfulness — style it with colorful mules or crystal-embellished sandals, and top it off with a matching clutch.
Best Wedding-Rehearsal Dresses: Third Form Crush Satin Midi Dress
For an ultraglam moment, wear this Third Form Crush Satin Midi Dress ($270). With its sensual open back and plunging neckline, all eyes will be on you — just as they should be. Finish the ensemble with white strappy sandals and gold accessories.
Best Wedding-Rehearsal Dresses: Reformation Corinth Dress
This Reformation Corinth Dress ($348) has a nostalgic feel and a mod-inspired silhouette. The halter neck and back bow are reminiscent of popular styles from the '60s but pack plenty of modern appeal. Style it with drop earrings and kitten heels.
Best Wedding-Rehearsal Dresses: Jonathan Simkhai Leoni Chain-Embellished Halter Maxi Dress
From the keyhole cutout to the thigh-high slit, this Jonathan Simkhai Leoni Chain-Embellished Halter Maxi Dress ($387, originally $645) is serving up serious '00s-inspired energy. The pastel-yellow shade and lightweight fabric make it an ideal summer pick. Finish with lace-up heels and a colorful clutch.
Best Wedding-Rehearsal Dresses: Johanna Ortiz Solo Voyaging Silk Maxi Dress
The ruched detailing gives this Johanna Ortiz Solo Voyaging Silk Maxi Dress ($750, originally $1,250) tons of texture while adding visual interest. The fluid hem offers freedom of movement and will look oh so summery with strappy sandals or woven flats.
Best Wedding-Rehearsal Dresses: Reformation Bridgton Linen Dress
The off-shoulder silhouette and sweetheart neckline of this Reformation Bridgton Linen Dress ($248) are just some of the details that make this a wedding-rehearsal must have. You can also rewear it for destination weddings, garden parties, and, of course, your friends' bridal showers. Finish with white or blue mules or colorful strappy heels.