Wedding rehearsal dinners are typically formal events, which means that women should wear formal dinner dresses and men should wear dress pants, dress shirts and ties. According to TheKnot.com, grooms-to-be and groomsmen need to take more than a few moments to get their attire for the evening together. The clothing worn to the rehearsal dinner should reflect their preparedness for the day ahead.
The bride-to-be and bridal party should dress in comfortable, formal dinner dresses for a rehearsal dinner, according to Martha Stewart Weddings. Many brides prefer to color coordinate in regards to the wedding colors for the rehearsal dinner. In some cases, the bride and groom select a specific theme, such as black tie or even casual so that everyone is comfortable at the rehearsal dinner.
As seen on ModCloth, the style of rehearsal dinner dresses varies greatly. Most rehearsal dresses extend to above the knee. This is in an effort to make the attire comfortable for women who are set to wear a specific dress for the wedding event. The dresses worn on the wedding day are often formfitting, which require women to be mindful of their movements. A rehearsal dinner is meant to be a practice run for the actual wedding.