What to Wear to a Beach Rehearsal Dinner?

A colorful sun dress is a great option for a beach rehearsal dinner.

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Beach rehearsal dinners can obviously call for a breezier, more casual style than formal indoor dinners. That doesn't mean you should wear your shorts and flip flops, though. These days, some couples are opting for anything-goes casual style, but some like casual elegance for an outdoor setting. When in doubt, see what your invite says, or just ask!

Casual Afternoon Style

Choose a cute light-colored sun dress for a daytime rehearsal. Simple sheath and shift dresses are always hot, as the Wedding Channel says. Pair a floral print dress with a colorful wrap to jazz up your look. Make sure the dress hits at least mid-thigh, even if it's a super casual event -- especially if it's casual, actually, since you'll be playin' in the sand. Wear a pair of flats if you'll be walking in the sand. Flip-flop style is okay if the party is set right in the sand, especially if games like volleyball are involved. After all, you don't want to twist an ankle. Just choose a stylish, polished looking pair, maybe accented with cute rhinestones.

Evening Semi-Glam

Evening beach rehearsals can get really elegant. Think glowing lanterns, palm trees, white sand and fine dining. You definitely want to dress up more than you would for an earlier rehearsal, unless the invite says it's a super casual barbecue. Try a silky knee-length dress with a one-shoulder strap for an exotic look that vibes with the beach-side setting, and tuck a flower behind one ear. A long, flowing dress is totally appropriate for an evening rehearsal too. Heels are fine if you're heading to an outdoor restaurant patio; you can always ditch 'em to walk on the sand. Bring a matching wrap or light sweater, too, in case it gets chilly.

Barbecue or Clambake

For a fun beach-side barbecue or clam bake, opt for a colorful sun dress with some sass -- maybe a bright orange and purple print. Wear it over leggings so you stay warm in that night time ocean breeze, and bring a light cardigan. You don't want to worry about your wrap sliding into your barbecue sauce. If uber-casual is the word, go for capris and maybe pull over a long baby doll tee that almost looks like a dress. You'll need to wear flip flops or sandals since you'll be hitting the sands.

Just for the Bride

If you're the bride, it's okay to be a little dressier than some of the guests. You can call for casual wear and choose your fave long dress, as long as it's not a formal gown. It's your night -- well, yours and your special man's -- and you should be the star. Just make sure he knows what you're wearing so you both wear a similar style of clothing.

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