The Groom’s Starter Guide to Rehearsal Dinner Attire From The Man Registry

Posted by Azure on September 8th, 2010
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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 wedding 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 members of the recommended attire for the rehearsal. Generally, a good rule of thumb is to tell them to wear what you’re wearing minus the tie (no reason to put them through the torture of remembering how to tie a double windsor knot).

For the dinner, the first thing you need to determine is 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 less formal, then you definitely can change up your get-up. Consider dropping the blazer, dress shirt and tie and going with a polo. This is a great option for those in between events that are half formal/half casual. If the event truly is a casual affair; jeans and a polo are suitable. 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. As always, we recommend dressing to impress. What sort of attire will be expected at your rehearsal dinner? Casual? Formal? Let us know in the comment section below.
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