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A Guide To Men’s Rehearsal Dinner Attire

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The rehearsal dinner is a classy prerequisite to the whole shebang, aka the wedding. So much emphasis is put on the big day that men are left scrambling to put together a rehearsal dinner outfit. Whether you’re the groom or a guest in a wedding, you still need to look sharp the night before and you likely already have the right pieces in your wardrobe for this event. If you’re wondering what to wear to a rehearsal dinner, we’ve listed out some options below.

What To Wear To A Rehearsal Dinner

First, a note about the dinner. Rehearsal dinners are often hosted in upscale restaurants. A lot of times, the restaurant is even attached to the hotel that the wedding’s at the next day. Even though it’s fancy, the dinner is a social event that sets the tone for the whole wedding weekend.

rehearsal dinner suit with whiskey glass

You’ll be surrounded by other wedding guests, so add a little personality into your outfit. A patterned shirt, a bright pocket square, loafers sans socks (if the weather permits), or cufflinks that have great history are all great personal touches that could turn into conversation starters.

Men’s Rehearsal Dinner Attire

In two words: cocktail attire. Think about your business casual wardrobe if you have one. The look below is put together with a dark gray suit jacket and navy blue suit pants. The turquoise dress shirt and dotted tie help to spruce up these otherwise average suit separates. Easy peasy.

gray and blue rehearsal dinner suit

There are a few scenarios when you should wear a full suit & tie to a rehearsal dinner:

  • You’re the groom and your wedding the next day has a very formal or Black Tie dress code.
  • The rehearsal dinner restaurant is extremely fancy. Like, 3 Michelin Stars fancy.
  • Your fiance tells you to 🙂

If you’re a guest and wearing a full suit & tie is just your thing, wear a casual suit and have fun with it, like the guys below.

two men at a bar with suits on drinking

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