Friday, February 3, 2012

WHAT COLOR DO I WEAR TO MY REHEARSAL DINNER?


Are brides supposed to wear white/ivory/cream/whatever to the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner? Is this not a little... redundant? My friends/bridesmaids keep suggesting these dresses that I would categorize as "Vegas Wedding Dresses" - short, "flirty and fun!" white cocktail dresses.

What's protocol here? Does it matter? Suggestions?

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DON'T WEAR WHITE TO YOUR REHEARSAL DINNER.

I thought you guys all knew how I feel about this.

Let your guests foam at the mouth imagining you in that white dress. Don't show them, like, a cuter version of it the night before.

Dior Couture by Patrick Demarchelier via Fashion Gone Rogue

21 comments:

  1. i wore bright orange. it totally doesn't matter. people only care about what you look like on your wedding day anyway.

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  2. Couldn't agree more. Save that white for the big show. I think it should just be something you feel great in. This is what I'm wearing to mine; http://www.neimanmarcus.com/p/Vera-Wang-Lavender-Belted-Asymmetric-Chiffon-Dress-Evening/prod127230046/

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  3. if you're not an alt summit attendee, a friend of diddy's, or a boy-band video regular, when are you going to wear a white cocktail dress again? the occasion is a perfect excuse to splash out on something non-bridal. wear the finest-looking thing you find and can afford, woman.

    i want it that way,
    LMO

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    1. I wore a leftover Halloween costume to the Alt party b/c I didn't want to buy white clothes.

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  4. I wore a black lace dress that was my great grandmothers and a hot pair of peep toe heels i thrifted. (color block velvet what what!) just wear something that makes you feel awesome. and ffs take photos. I have almost no photos of my rehearsal and following dinner because i played down its importance. DO NOT DO THIS!

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  5. Wear the dress you've been eying and you totally love and looks amazing on you but might be hard to justify just because you want it. Here's your reason.

    I got married Sept. of 2010 and I can't remember what I wore to my rehearsal dinner. File under: Things Not to Stress About.

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  6. it'a also a tradition in some cultures to wear bright colors (for instance, italian = green, for fertility) the night before the wedding.

    it's a nice opportunity to give a nod to your heritage or even just your fave color, without being all OMG I AM GOING TO PUT A BRIGHT GREEN SASH ON MY WEDDING DRESS.

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  7. I'm not wearing a white wedding dress, going the untraditional route. Oooh, so a white rehearsal dress would be perfect, meh, actually doesn't really matter. I'm just going to find something I feel pretty in.

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  8. I packed a cute dress to wear to my rehearsal dinner but ended up just staying in jeans + teeshirt (granted, we were just eating pizza). We were running around the whole day and I did not feel like changing at the end of it all. I guess I'm lucky I didn't buy anything specifically for the occasion.

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    1. same here. our rehearsal dinner was a barbecue and I wore the jeans and tank top I'd had on for our rehearsal at the venue

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    2. Same here. I had a cute outfit packed but stayed in a lumberjack plaid shirt and jeans. Our wedding was at camp and we had burgers and such.

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  10. I say wear something glamorous and cool. Have fun with color and separates....I wore a vintage kelly green sequin top of this ilk with black silk pants, black patent leather heels and dark magenta lips!

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  11. I would tailor your outfit to the venue, not to a color. If you are getting married in a very urban area, wear something chic and eveningy. If it's more suburban, wear something a bit less flashy. If it's in the woods, just be as cozy as you can (ETC.).

    THAT SAID: one of my best friends got married in a traditional wedding dress (strapless, somewhat beaded). This was not her preference but her fiance's and her mother's. Not all of us are the type of people to say "no way, man - I'm doing things my way," and she wore what they wanted her to. So for her rehearsal, she wore a short white 50s style dress. She loved it, I think more than her wedding dress. I say do whatever makes you happiest.

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  12. There's no color brides are supposed to wear to the rehearsal dinner. Where whatever you like.

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  13. take the rehearsal dinner as an opportunity to splurge on a totally ridiculously awesome and expensive cocktail dress. the kind of dress you would try on and think "when am i ever going to have an occasion to wear this??" well...now is your occasion. unless it's white. don't wear white.

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  14. It's the rehearsal dinner. Wear something you already have.

    Why has is become so necessary to have brand new outfits for every little aspect? It's along the same lines as people having to get professional photo shoots for every little thing. New dresses to wear to have a million close up shots of your hands holding gross cupcakes with flags in them.

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  15. Molly T.... Ditto.

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  16. One of my best friends wore a white dress to the rehearsal dinner...I just wanted to tell her not to "blow her white dress wad", but she did. I think it spoiled things a bit.
    I wore emerald green to my rehearsal; very glam, lots of fun, but no hint of bridal white!

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