What to Wear to the Rehearsal Dinner

Man wearing a red button down shirt, blue jeans and a large belt buckle.

Photography by Anna Kuperberg

The rehearsal dinner is the perfect opportunity for the groom and his family to show off a little bit. We all know that the bride’s side is responsible for planning the reception – which is likely to be the event that is remembered most. However, the rehearsal dinner is picking up steam in recent years as an event that can more than hold its own.

Today we’re blogging about what the groom should wear to the rehearsal dinner (and the wedding walkthrough that precedes it).

You definitely want to wear something nice to the actual rehearsal (think slacks, a dress shirt, tie and a blazer). Also, remember to remind your wedding party of the recommended attire for the rehearsal. Generally, a good rule of thumb is to tell them to wear what you’re wearing.

For the dinner, the first thing you need to determine if it’s going to be a casual or formal event. If it’s more formal, wear what you wore to the rehearsal. If the dinner is going to be casual, consider dropping the blazer and tie. Just be sure that all of your guests are on the same page. You don’t want some people showing up in cutoff jean shorts while others are in khakis.

Remember that there are going to be a lot of photos taken at the rehearsal dinner. Chances are these photos are going to follow you for the rest of your life. Like always, we recommend dressing to impress.