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A Guide to Wedding Guest Attire

It’s engagement season! You know what that means is coming up…wedding season! In preparation for the most wonderful time of the year, we are rounding up a comprehensive guide for wedding guest attire. Whether you have one wedding this upcoming season or seven, we have compiled a complete list covering every dress code!

Many websites have a section of “wedding guest dresses”  to make your shopping even easier. Here are a few of our favorites!

General Wedding Guest attire:

Nordstroms 

Lulus

ASOS

Revolve 

SHOPBOP

Rent the Runway

If you’re one of those people who has what feels like a million weddings this year, we urge you to look into a service where you can rent clothing like Rent the Runway or  Nuuly. These services are a great way to have multiple options while being able to avoid having to buy all new dresses!

What to wear to a summer wedding:

As summer approaches, let’s talk about what you should wear to a summer wedding. Often times, summer weddings may have outdoor ceremonies or poorly air conditioned indoor ceremonies. Light and flowy chiffon dresses are the perfect way to conquer summer heat.

Fashionably Late Pink Midi Dress

Fashionably Late Pink Midi Dress

LACE A-LINE MIDI DRESS

LACE A-LINE MIDI DRESS

If you don’t already own this dress in multiple colors, RUN, do not walk to buy this incredible dress! This dress is the perfect wedding guest dress, we promise you! We think this goes without saying…but make sure to avoid the “white” option.

What to wear to a spring wedding:

Think: Easter Sunday brunch! A spring wedding is the perfect time to pull out your pretty pastels and floral prints. We know, florals for spring are totally groundbreaking.

Australis Gown

Australis Gown  

ASOS DESIGN one shoulder tuck detail midi dress

ASOS DESIGN one shoulder tuck detail midi dress

Under The Stars Midi

Under The Stars Midi

We LOVE this pretty midi dress for a spring wedding!

What to wear to a beach wedding:

We love a fun, flirty and flowy dress for a beach wedding! These breezy beauties will look incredible at a beach wedding.

Esther Ice Blue Ruffled Sleeveless Maxi Dress

Esther Ice Blue Ruffled Sleeveless Maxi Dress

Heavenly Hues Magenta Maxi Dress

Heavenly Hues Magenta Maxi Dress

What to wear to a Fall wedding:

Fall may be one of our favorite times of year for a wedding! However, depending on where you live, the weather can be hit or miss. We’ve rounded up a couple of different options that can be adjusted depending on the weather in your area.

Make It A Date Night Jade Green Dress

Make It A Date Night Jade Green Dress

This fun dress from Shop Red Dress comes in tons of different colors! Choose a color based off of the wedding colors or time of year!

Lean On Me Black Mutli Print Wrap Maxi Dress

Lean On Me Black Mutli Print Wrap Maxi Dress

Bell Sleeve Bateau Neck Sheath Dress

Bell Sleeve Bateau Neck Sheath Dress

We adore a great berry color for fall! These fun bell sleeves are the perfect detail on this darling dress.

What to wear to a winter wedding:

Oh winter weddings, you have a special place in our hearts! Rich, jewel tones are best for a winter wedding. We suggest adding a fun fur or leather jacket with your dress to combat the cold!

Diana Gown

Diana Gown

This stunning ruched dress is totally Insta-worthy!

ASOS DESIGN sleeveless high neck pleated open back velvet midi dress

ASOS DESIGN sleeveless high neck pleated open back velvet midi dress

My Whole Heart Emerald Green Long Sleeve Wrap Dress

My Whole Heart Emerald Green Long Sleeve Wrap Dress

What to wear to a black-tie wedding:

We LOVE a black-tie wedding because guests have a chance to wear extravagant, floor-length gowns.  For a black-tie wedding, we recommend sticking with a long formal gown in a dark or jewel-tone color. Since a black-tie wedding is more formal, consider styling your hair in an elegant updo. Here is some hair inspiration from some of our real brides!

Portrait Collar Satin Gown

Portrait Collar Satin Gown

Crepe Gown

Crepe Gown

Black Sleeveless Maxi Dress

Black Sleeveless Maxi Dress

Silver Metallic Jacquard Gown

Silver Metallic Jacquard Gown

Like we mentioned earlier, websites like Rent the Runway or Nuuly where you can rent high-end pieces are a great option for a black-tie wedding! This way you can wear a high-end gown for a fraction of the price!

Little black dresses to wear to a wedding:

Let’s be honest, we ALL need a great little black dress in the back of our closet. No matter the time of year or location, you can’t go wrong with a fabulous black dress. We know wedding season can be stressful, so it’s always nice to have a black dress to throw on last minute! Check out these great black dresses!

Packard Dress

Packard Dress

black high neck maxi dress

black high neck maxi dress

Black Lace Dress

Black Lace Dress

This dress from Amazon is a major win! You can’t beat the price and it has tons of great reviews. If you don’t already have a great little black dress in your closet for a backup wedding guest dress option then you need to grab this fabulous little number.

Pantsuits to wear to a wedding:

Dressy pantsuits for a wedding guest are one of our favorite looks.  Pantsuits are flattering, comfortable and will make you feel your best on the dance floor all night long!

Tie Front Wide Leg Jumpsuit

Tie Front Wide Leg Jumpsuit

Satin Floral Jumpsuit

Satin Floral Jumpsuit

We love the fun mix of dark green, pink and red in this unique jumpsuit!

Wrap-front jumpsuit

Wrap-front jumpsuit

Halter Wide Leg Jumpsuit

Halter Wide Leg Jumpsuit

That’s it for our guide to wedding guest attire! We know that many of our brides will also be guests the same year as their wedding, so we help this guide helps!  If you’re looking for undergarments to wear under your dress (or pantsuit) this wedding season, check out our shapewear blog!

Are you the bride looking for your dream dress? Check out our four incredible labels: Essense of Australia, Martina Liana, Stella York and All Who Wander!