31 Wedding Guest Dresses You Need In Your Closet

by Erica Whetston December 08, 2017 22 Comments

You’ve been cordially invited to celebrate somebody’s big day! And just remember, its quite possibly the BIGGEST day of their life. So after a little burst of excitement for the happy couple, now you’re thinking, what on earth do I wear?! Fortunately, you’re in luck. We have come up with the do’s and don’ts of wedding guest attire, as well as some fabulous wedding guest dresses from Amazon that are split up by Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall dresses! 

The Do's & Don'ts of Wedding Guest Attire

The Do's and Don'ts of Wedding Guest Attire | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

Do think about location. If you're going to a beach wedding, your attire will be a lot different than if you're going to a wedding in Colorado in the mountains.

Don't wear jeans. No matter how casual the wedding may be, refrain from denim. Consider what type of event it is. Black tie, semi-formal, casual, costume themed? Either way, NO JEANS!

Do wear long sleeves for Winter and Fall weddings. Of course, you don't HAVE to wear a dress that has long sleeves, as long as you bring along a sweater or jacket to wear over it! 

Don't wear white. Okay, so this is pretty obvious, but some people just don't get it. The bride should be the only one wearing white on her big day!

Do wear something with heavier fabric in the Fall and Winter to keep you warm, such as high quality polyester.

Don't go bold. Sometimes the sequins and animal prints can be a little much. The floral prints in the spring and summer months are O.K., but try not to overdo it! 

Do wear tights. If you're wearing a shorter dress, feel free to even wear nude tights just to keep your legs a little warmer in the Winter and Fall months! 

Don't outshine the bride or bridesmaids. This is the brides big day, and she wants her bridesmaids to look beautiful too. Don't try and upstage them!

Do ask your friends what they're wearing. It's always nice to have a little advice from a friend or two so that you know your not underdressing, overdressing, or just all around doing it wrong.

Don't forget about the color. The invitations normally give a hint as to the color palette of the wedding, and you don't want to wear the same color as the bridal party now do you?

Do cover up bit! Even during those summer months when you want to show more skin, remember you're at a family affair so try to keep it classy and show less skin.

Don't "forget" to wear undergarments. Remember, it could be windy that day, and keeping in mind this is a family affair, no one wants to see what's underneath that dress! 

Do shop bridesmaids dresses at Kennedy Blue! I recently wore a bridesmaid dress from Kennedy Blue to a wedding, and it was perfect for the occasion! You don't have to be a bridesmaid to wear one of Kennedy Blue's stylish bridesmaid dresses because they look great as guest attire as well! 

Wedding Guest Dresses for Winter:

1. Long Sleeve Keyhole Front Dress by BeyoveThis long sleeve dress has a keyhole front, elastic at the waist for a flowier look towards the bottom, and pockets! 

Cute wintery dress for a wedding! | 31 Wedding Guest Dresses You Need In Your Closet | Kennedy Blue

2. Lace Halter Dress by GILIBABA: A shorter, sexier lace halter dress with no sleeves is so stylish and would be perfect with some nude tights and a sweater to keep you warm! 

Black Lace Halter Winter Wedding Guest Dress! | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

3. Cotton Long Sleeve Cold Shoulder Dress by Lily-LiThis cold shoulder dress is casual, yet super classy. Just add a cute necklace and some fancy earrings! Comes in 4 different colors! 

Such a cute wintery dress for a wedding! | 31 Wedding Guest Dresses You Need In Your Closet | Kennedy Blue

4. Floor Length Off-The-Shoulder Dress by Ever Pretty: Floor length dresses for the winter are perfect, especially when they come in 5 different colors like this one! AND the sweetheart neckline is SO flattering.

Off-the-Shoulder Sweetheart Neckline Winter Wedding Dress! | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

5. Vintage Floral Long Sleeve Lace Dress by The AlibyA knee- length dress with such a cute floral lace design throughout the whole thing! The off-the-shoulder look looks so elegant too!

Elegant off-the-shoulder dress for a wedding! | 31 Wedding Guest Dresses You Need In Your Closet | Kennedy Blue

6. Retro Cocktail Swing Dress by AnniBlue: Fitted up top and flowy on the bottom, you'll love showing off your dance moves in this dress! Comes in 3 different colors.

Cute Black Retro 50s Wedding Guest Dress! | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

7. Long Sleeve Pleated Dress by ACEVOG: A more casual, comfy, but fun dress that you could dress up with some cute heels and fancy jewelry! Comes in 3 different colors, but personally I love the black or the navy blue!

Casual but cute winter wedding guest dress! | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

Wedding Guest Dresses for Spring:

1.  Chiffon Trumpet Sleeved Dress: This dress has shoulder cut outs with spaghetti straps and trumpet sleeves! It also comes in TWENTY-ONE different colors. You really can't go wrong with this dress.

Beautiful Spring Wedding Guest Dress! | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

2.  Floral Print Boho Dress by MEROKEETY: I absolutely love this floral print dress! It's a loose fitted chiffon material with long sleeves, so just add some cute heels and you've got yourself an outfit!

Cute floral print boho dress! | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

3. Off-The-Shoulder Floral Dress by Yieune: This floral print off-the-shoulder dress has cute half sleeves with flares on the end to give it a little extra touch! Match it with some nude heels and you're all set!

Cute off-the-shoulder floral spring wedding dress! | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

4. Elegant Deep V-Neck Dress by Zalalus: It comes in 3 different colors, but this cute teal color is so cute for spring! It has spaghetti strapps but the crossover skirt gives it just the right touch of elegance! 

Such a cute dress for a spring wedding! | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

5. Floral Backless Halter Dress by Fancyinn: If you're looking for an all-out floral dress, this one is for you. Just add some black heels to match the collar! 

Cute floral halter dress for a spring wedding! | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

6.  Lace High Neck Cocktail Dress by ClearLove: I love this dress because although it's a shorter cocktail dress, the lace gives it an elegant look to it, along with the high neck halter neckline! Comes in 4 different colors.

Cute lacey halter spring wedding dress! | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

7. Floral Boho Maxi Dress by Fancyinn: A maxi dress with a floral design?! Sounds like the absolute perfect combo for a spring wedding! 

Cute floral boho spring wedding dress! | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

8. Floral Knee Length Pencil Dress by MakeMeChic: A pencil dress can give you a fancier look! I love the off-the-shoulder neckline and floral print design on this dress!

Such a cute pencil dress for a spring wedding! | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

Wedding Guest Dresses for Summer:

1. Chiffon Sleeveless High Low Dress by GEESENSSThe "watermelon red" color that this dress comes in is the perfect summer color! 

An adorable high-low summery wedding guest dress! | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

2. Knee-Lenth Lace High-Low Dress by ACEVOG: This peach colored vintage dress has such a cute laced pattern! Its so unique and perfect for summertime.

A vintage lacey peach colored summery wedding dress! | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

3. Knee-Length Sueded Velvet Dress by VelvetRope: This velvet dress has a deep-v neckline connected by a choker up top. It is classy yet so trendy!

A peach velvet dress for a summer wedding! | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

4. Ruby Red X-Back Floor Length Dress by ANGVNS: If you're looking for elegance but a splash of color, this is the dress for you. The skirt is half polyester with patches of lace along the sides! 

Such a gorgeous summery wedding dress! | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

5. Sequin Crochet Halter Dress by S.L. FashionAdd a little bit of glam to your dress with some sparkles! This dress has just the amount of sparkles to make you look amazing without outshining the bride! 

Striking sequin summer wedding guest dress! | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

6. Thick Strap Peach Pencil Dress by REPHYLLISThis could be worn out to a bar, to a wedding, or even to a dinner party! AND its pencil shape is sure to make you look extra slim! 

Such a gorgeous peach pencil dress! | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

7. Flowy Pleated Halter Cocktail Dress by EnlishopThis dress comes in a few different colors, but I love it in yellow! Yellow is the perfect color for a fun, summery, wedding guest dress! AND its super flowy so you can dance all night long.

Super cute yellow dress for a summer wedding! | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

8. Knee-Length Deep V-Neck Dress by LNIMIKIYI love this dress not only because of the cute sky blue color, but beacause of how classy it looks even with an open back! Tight up top and loose on the bottom, and it even has pockets! 

SUCH a cute summery dress for a wedding! | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

9. Illusion Hollow Lace High-Low Dress by AlvaQThis is definitely a unique dress and you are bound to stand out, but it is so cute and summery. Comes in 6 different colors! 

Unique and fun summery dress for a wedding! | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

Wedding Guest Dresses for Fall:

1. Lace Top With Chiffon Skirt by UnibelleThis dress comes in 3 different colors, however I personally love the navy blue because it gives it more of a Fall feel. 

SUCH a cute dress for a fall wedding! | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

 

2. Ruffly Off-The-Shoulder Dress by SidefeelSo cute for fall especially with the reddish orange color! It has a tight skirt with a cute flowy top over with an off-the-shoulder neckline! 

Such a cute off-the-shoulder dress for a wedding! | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

3. Knee-Length Deep V-Neck Dress by LNIMIKIYYou're probably thinking, wait, I already saw this dress under summer dresses... Yes, you're right. BUT it can be such a cute fall dress too in this cute burgundy color! 

Cute burgundy dress for a Fall wedding! | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

4. Long Sleeve Pleated Cocktail Dress by KohKohThis emerald green dress is so classy and comfortable! Such a perfect dress for a Fall wedding if you're looking for the extra classy look. 

A classy emerald green dress for a wedding! | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

5. Retro Party Swing Dress by NewbelyI love this wine red dress because the tight fitted top leading into the flowy skirt gives you such a slim look! 

Super classy Wine-Red dress for a wedding! | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

6. Mesh & Satin Sleeveless Formal Dress by OTENThe beautiful pattern on this high-low dress makes it so sophisticated but so stylish! 

Sophisticated & Stylish dress for a wedding! | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

7. Tie Sleeve Crew Neck Dress by BoosoulyIt has tie sleeves, its a crew neck, AND its flowy. This dress is so cute and so easy to move around in. Spice it up with some cute jewelry and some cute heels! 

SUPER cute dress to wear to a Fall wedding! | 31 Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest | Kennedy Blue

Let's Chat

Which dresses do you like best?! Do you have any other tips about the Dos and Don'ts of wedding guest attire?! Let us know in the comments below! 



    Erica Whetston
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    22 Responses

    Nicole Ayers
    Nicole Ayers

    February 07, 2018

    I wish I could wear #9…lil too busy though! ?

    Kate
    Kate

    January 08, 2018

    I am so in love with these! There goes all of my shopping budget!

    Olivia
    Olivia

    January 02, 2018

    The cotton shoulder dress by Lily-Li is gorgeous!!

    Amelie St. Romain
    Amelie St. Romain

    December 29, 2017

    These are great options. I never know which dresses to wear as a guest for the different seasons.

    Angie
    Angie

    December 26, 2017

    Great ideas!!!

    Madison Duffy
    Madison Duffy

    December 20, 2017

    I LOVE these ideas! This is such a great resource! Thank you!!!

    Tara
    Tara

    December 20, 2017

    Great ideas!

    Cheyenne
    Cheyenne

    December 19, 2017

    The retro party dress is probably my favorite but I also love the Navy blue one with the lace top!

    Aly
    Aly

    December 19, 2017

    I love these! It can be so difficult to decide what to wear as a guest!

    Christina
    Christina

    December 18, 2017

    I love the retro party dress. This is a great resource to help plan what to wear to a wedding!

    Ellyssa Collinsworth
    Ellyssa Collinsworth

    December 18, 2017

    LOVE THIS! I’m starting to pick my bridesmaids dresses and this is super helpful!

    Emilee
    Emilee

    December 17, 2017

    So many great ideas!

    Katie Anderson
    Katie Anderson

    December 15, 2017

    These are great tips!

    Laura
    Laura

    December 14, 2017

    All so pretty!

    amy
    amy

    December 14, 2017

    These are great – so many ideas for all sorts of weddings.

    Sarah
    Sarah

    December 13, 2017

    This would have been super helpful a week ago before attending my fiance’s brother’s wedding!

    V
    V

    December 13, 2017

    love the blue of #9!

    Catie Kollath
    Catie Kollath

    December 12, 2017

    Love love love dress #5 for a winter wedding

    Christine green
    Christine green

    December 11, 2017

    this website is very helpf

    Allison
    Allison

    December 10, 2017

    I love this. Looks like I’ve got an excuse to spend money (;

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    December 10, 2017

    I wear jeans to weddings all the time… oops!! Guess I need to go shopping! Oh darn lol

    Rachel
    Rachel

    December 09, 2017

    Thanks for sharing this!!! Some of these I didn’t even think of! I always second guess myself with wedding guest attire! Great post!

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