Tuesday, January 4, 2022 / 730 N Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA

What to Wear to a Rehearsal Dinner and Black-Tie Optional Winter Wedding in Knoxville, TN

winter wedding, knox, knoxville, tennessee, TN, press room, downtown knoxville, winter wedding, black tie optional, scottish wedding


Alex, my boyfriend, and I were invited to celebrate the wedding of our college friends.


We had been waiting since 2020 for this wedding and I am so glad we finally got to celebrate the happy couple!

Where and when:

The wedding was during New Year’s in Knoxville, Tennessee. We flew in late Tuesday night to Knoxville, after connecting in Atlanta. We stayed at the Hyatt in downtown, Knoxville on Gay Street, perfectly situated in the heart of Knoxville.

rehearsal dinner, dinner, dress up, cocktail dress, wrap dress, pom pom shoes, winter wedding, new years eve wedding, Knoxville, TN

groomsmen, best man, rehearsal dinner, wedding, what to wear to a rehearsal dinner

Knoxville, TN, wedding, winter wedding, rehearsal dinner

winter wedding, knoxville, TN, rehearsal dinner, oliver royale, wedding, what to wear to a rehearsal dinner


Wednesday- Rehearsal Dinner


The groomsmen went to the shooting range, so some of the girls and I grabbed açaí bowls for lunch before getting ready for the rehearsal dinner.

My boyfriend, Alex, was the best man, and I was honored to be his date. 


At 4pm we headed out in the rain to the rehearsal at the church. The bridal party practiced as I sat in a pew and observed.


After practice we drove back downtown to Oliver Royale where the restaurant was rented out for everyone invited to the rehearsal dinner. The dim lighting, signature cocktails and delicious food (so good we went back for New Year’s Day dinner) was a wonderful way to celebrate the bride and groom. Alex and I got to sit right across from the bride and groom at the long dinner table and got to experience all the toasts and speeches firsthand. Most of the groomsmen and bridesmaids gave speeches (even some musical renditions), as did the father of the groom and some tears were shed. It was such a lovely evening.


I wore a casual silky wrap dress to dinner and added fun feather and velvet accessories. Shop my outfit below!

scottish wedding, kilts, kilt, winter wedding, knoxville, TN, long dress, what i wore to the a black-tie optional wedding, black tie optional, black tie wedding, winter,

wedding, knox, Tennessee, knoxville, ceremony, black-tie optional, suits,

signature cocktails, wedding, press room, knoxville, downtown, tennessee

scottish wedding, knoxville, TN, winter wedding, tennessee, black tie optional, wedding

knoxville, press room, black tie optional, wedding, winter wedding, knox


Thursday- Wedding Day


Some of the nonbridal party and I grabbed lunch and then I ran to my hair appointment at Culture Studio hair salon at 1:30 before walking back to the hotel to do my full contour (courtesy of YouTube and Pinterest) makeup look.

We hopped on the trolly at 4:15 and headed to the ceremony.


After the ceremony we took the trolly to The Press Room for cocktail hour and the reception. The signature drinks were delicious and so was the steak dinner!


I wore a long green chiffon dress with sparkly accessories to the black-tie optional evening wedding. As a wedding guest, you never want to outshine the bride. I am friends with the bride and groom, so I asked the bride in advance (probably back in 2020) what the bridesmaids would be wearing, and they were set to all wore long burgundy dresses and the groomsmen would be in kilts. I love wearing long dresses, and getting all glammed out, because when do you get to dress fancy anymore?! If it was a day black-tie optional wedding, I probably would have worn a midi dress but because this was black-tie optional and an evening wedding, I wanted to wear a long dress. It just so happened that my dress was the exact same color as the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom, so I definitely looked important. However, my date was important. He was the best man, so I knew all eyes would be on him at certain points of the night and I wanted to look good!


We stayed until after New Year’s to celebrate the happy couple and be reunited with our friends. It was such a fun week and we can’t wait for more friends to get married!

Shop my outfits here (contains affiliate links):


No comments

Post a Comment

© Tall and Preppy | All rights reserved.
Blog Design Handcrafted by pipdig