BRIDAL GURU / Sep 21, 2023


Your bestie is getting married! With lots of events to attend, it can be hard to figure out all your outfits.

To help you out, we’re showing you some of our favorite bridesmaid rehearsal dinner dresses. With any of these looks, you’ll feel confident to raise a glass—and make a toast to your girl!

💕 Celebrate Love in These Bridesmaid Rehearsal Dinner Dresses 🌠

What should a bridesmaid wear to a rehearsal dinner? Find five options below!

1. Red satin A-line dress

Wondering what to wear to a rehearsal dinner as a bridesmaid? If the dress code is simply “dress to impress,” then this red gown is a perfect choice. There’s no better color to celebrate love!

When it comes to silhouettes, we love to recommend A-line. It accentuates the smallest part of your body—your waist—and falls gracefully along your hips. It’s flattering on all body types.

Satin is smooth and luxurious, which is fitting for a celebratory evening like a wedding rehearsal dinner. But it’s also soft and smooth against the skin. You’ll look like a million bucks without any discomfort. The sheer side panels add a touch of allure without compromising on elegance. Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too!

If you’re a gal who loves her jewelry, then look for a bridesmaid rehearsal dinner dress with a plunging V-neckline. It’ll create the perfect canvas for your favorite necklace.

Red satin A-line dress

Take a look: style GL1992 | Satin V-Neck Sheer Side A-Line Long Dress

2. Black glitter mermaid dress

Looking for a bridesmaid rehearsal dinner dress that fits a black-tie dress code? No need to overthink it! This black mermaid dress checks off all the boxes.

Its glitter fabric, intricate embroidery, and sparkling embellishments are the epitome of bridal party glamor. Everyone will know that you’re the bride’s VIP guest.

The off-the-shoulder neckline and mermaid silhouette call attention to your womanly figure and assets. The sheer slit adds a hit of drama, allowing you to make a grand entrance alongside your girls.

This bridesmaid rehearsal dinner dress is totally giving old Hollywood. Complete the look by styling your hair in loose, side-swept curls.

Black glitter mermaid dress

Take a look: style GL3162 | Glitter Sheer Bodice Off Shoulder Mermaid Dress w/ Sheer Slit

3. Emerald satin mermaid dress

This emerald bridesmaid rehearsal dinner dress is another stunning option for formal, fancy venues.

Satin is a popular choice for wedding events because it elevates any look instantly. We love pairing satin with gemstone colors, like emerald green. So luxe! Amethyst purple, sapphire blue, and ruby red (as you saw above) are other gemstone shades we love to recommend for bridesmaid rehearsal dinner dresses.

If you’re someone who doesn’t want a ton of bling, look for a gown with bead embellishments. They add dimension to a dress without being attention-grabbing. Plus, there are other ways to dial up the heat, like a slit in the skirt or a sweetheart neckline!

Emerald satin mermaid dress

Take a look: style GL3038 | Beads Embellished Satin Mermaid Dress w/ Pleated Chest and Side Slit

4. Yellow jersey mermaid dress

Is the rehearsal dinner in the spring or summer? Is it being held outside or in a garden? If yes, then embrace bright or pastel colors, like this sunshine yellow, for your bridesmaid rehearsal dinner dress.

As a bridesmaid, you don’t want to underdress. It’s your best friend’s wedding after all. Long dresses are usually worn to signify important occasions, like a rehearsal dinner. But if you’re headed to a garden or seaside event, there are ways to create a more casual look.

A summery color like yellow—and an unfussy fabric like jersey—will give you the balance you’re looking for. Playful touches, like this lace-up back, are another great option. When it comes to your hair and makeup, go natural. Loose curls and minimalist makeup are all you need.

Yellow jersey mermaid dress

Take a look: style GL3035 | Beads Embellished Jersey Mermaid Dress w/ Strap Lace-up Back

5. Navy lace babydoll dress

If the dress code is summer cocktail attire, then short dresses are also welcome. But what to wear to this rehearsal dinner as a bridesmaid?

Here’s one of our favorite short bridesmaid rehearsal dinner dresses. While the length makes this dress more casual, it still creates an elegant, celebratory look. It’s also ultra flattering. Like A-line dresses, babydoll dresses accentuate the smallest part of your waist.

Lace is also a fabric that elevates any dress instantly. It creates a romantic vibe—which is fitting for an evening celebrating love, isn’t it? If you’re sentimental like we are, then go for a sweetheart neckline, too!

If you choose a strapless stunner like this one, we recommend keeping your collarbone bare. It creates a bold statement. Then, rock a pair of dainty earrings. For footwear, we recommend heels—or wedges if you’ll be walking on grass. You’ll have legs for days!

Navy lace babydoll dress

Take a look: style GS1611 | Strapless Sweetheart Lace Short Dress

Find the perfect fit for all wedding events

Struggling to find an outfit for the bridal shower? Bachelorette? Here are some ideas:

Or, explore our full dress catalog for more options!

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