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Ultimate Guide to Wedding Guest Dress Attire

Are you a wedding guest who wants to look your best? Look no further! This guide will help you find the perfect wedding guest dress for any type of event—guiding you in what to wear, where to discover it and how to ensure appropriate dress for the occasion. Let’s get started on finding something special for that upcoming wedding!  

When deciding what to wear, it’s important to consider the type of event and season. If you are attending a formal evening wedding, floor-length gowns or cocktail dresses that land below the knees are usually appropriate choices. For a less formal wedding, knee-length wedding guest dresses or long skirts paired with blouses or crisp tops are great options. Depending on the season, you may want to add a light shawl or jacket for comfort and style.  

What are Some Dos and Don’ts of Wedding Guest Dresses? 

Find that ideal wedding guest dress, raise a glass to the happy couple and dance like nobody’s watching! Whether you’re attending a beachside ceremony or a black-tie affair, below are some general dos and don’ts to keep in mind when it comes to dresses for wedding guests. 

  • Opt for something comfortable. You’ll want to dance the night away to something that makes you feel comfortable and confident. 
  • Don’t upstage the bride. Keep it classy and avoid a look too close to white or ivory so as to not outshine the bride.  
  • Accessorize tastefully. Less is usually more when it comes to wedding accessorizing—a statement necklace can take a simple guest wedding dress to the next level. 
  • Consider the dress code. Choose something timeless and classic. You want to ensure you look appropriate for the occasion while feeling confident  

Wedding Guest Dress Attire  

According to The Knot, wedding invitations usually specify the dress code, but interpreting it is not always easy. With all the creative wedding guest attire suggestions these days, you might be scratching your head. We’re here to help you pick the outfit.

Beach Wedding Guest Dress 

When attending a beach wedding, the dress code is usually more relaxed. Think of light and airy fabrics like gauzy cotton, linen or chiffon and opt for fabrics in neutral colors. These suggestions will keep you comfortable and chic under the sun. 

midi length desert rose bridesmaid dress - 9459 by Sorella Vita

Sorella Vita Style 9459 

Sorella Vita Style 9459 is a beautiful beach wedding guest dress choice. Classy yet daring, it features a plunging V-neckline and sleek cap sleeves that add just the right amount of dazzle. 

The tea-length skirt adds just the right touch of sophistication along with a modern twist. Feel confident and ready to take on the seaside celebration in this beautiful chiffon gown!  

Formal Wedding Guest Dress 

When attending a formal wedding, the dress code is usually stricter. Think tea-length or long wedding guest dresses in luxurious fabrics such as silk or velvet. Go for rich colors or even pastels like blush pink or dusty blue. 

midi length silk bridesmaid dress - 9539 by Sorella Vita

Sorella Vita Style 9539 

Sorella Vita Style 9539 is a formal wedding guest dress that is sure to have heads turning all night long. It features a timeless column silhouette, an on-trend cowl neckline and delicate spaghetti straps to flatter the figure. 

The bodice’s simple seaming highlights the natural waistline and the side slit in the tea-length skirt adds a sexy touch to this chic wedding guest dress!  

Fall Wedding Guest Dress 

When attending a fall wedding, the dress code is usually somewhere in between formal and casual. Think effortless dress silhouettes and opt for warm colors such as mustard yellow, rust orange, or olive green when choosing your fall wedding guest dress. 

gold velvet midi bridesmaid dress - 9643 by Sorella Vita

Sorella Vita Style 9643 

Feel your best and look amazing for those wedding photos with Sorella Vita Style 9643! This velvet wedding guest dress is modern and luxurious. 

It features a fashionable midi silhouette, cowl neckline, spaghetti straps and subtle bodice seaming that hugs you in all the right places. You’ll make a powerful statement when you enter the room with a fashionable edge thanks to the slit in the skirt.  

Black Tie Wedding Guest Dress 

When attending a black-tie wedding, the dress code is usually very formal. Think floor-length gowns in luxurious fabrics such as silk or velvet and select classic colors such as black, navy or champagne. 

grey full length strapless bridesmaid dress - 9242 by Sorella Vita

Sorella Vita Style 9242 

Channel your inner diva with Sorella Vita Style 9242! The fitted satin silhouette elegantly hugs your curves in all the right places – talk about making an entrance! Pleated elements along the bust provide a modern texture that will guarantee heads turn as soon as you enter the room. 

The plunging sweetheart neckline adds a sultry touch to complete this show-stopping look. Rest assured you’ll be gliding in effortless style and truly owning every moment with this black-tie wedding guest dress!  

Winter Wedding Guest Dress 

When attending a winter wedding, you might need additional layers to keep you warm. Opt for long sleeve styles or add a shawl, bolero or light coat to your outfit. Think luxe fabrics such as velvet, tulle or lace with rich colors like burgundy, navy or hunter green. 

teal velvet long sleeve bridesmaid dress with slit - 9646 by Sorella Vita

Sorella Vita Style 9646 

Say hello to Sorella Vita Style 9646 – a truly luxurious winter wedding guest dress! The long sleeves will keep you warm during cold nights, while the plunging V-neckline and figure-hugging silhouette add a modern touch. The perfect combination of comfort and elegance, this dress is sure to make you feel beautiful even on the chilliest days. 

No matter what type of wedding you attend, there is an outfit for every occasion in our Sorella Vita Collection. Additionally, when the time comes to plan your own wedding, we have a vast collection of wedding dresses. Proudly offering award-winning bridal designs up to size 34, we have five bridal collections to fit every bride: Essense of Australia, Martina Liana, Martina Liana Luxe, Stella York and All Who Wander. 

We hope our Ultimate Guide to Wedding Guest Attire has been helpful in finding the ideal look for your next special event. 


No matter your style, there is a Sorella Vita wedding guest dress for you. Are you ready to find your ideal look? Find a retailer near you to get started! Happy shopping!