Deciding what to wear to a wedding isn’t always easy, and while brides are our forté, we’re here to help wedding guests with our pick of the best wedding guest dresses and outfits. There’s just one rule to wedding guest fashion: never wear white to a wedding!
The Best Wedding Guest Dresses and Wedding Outfits
So you’ve made the cut, you’ve secured the invite – now comes the tricky part: deciding what to wear to a wedding. Luckily for you, we know a thing or two about weddings, so we’ve picked out some of our favourite styles, trends and high street bargains for wedding guest dress and outfit inspiration.
Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas
When it comes to deciding what to wear to a wedding, it’s not always just about the dress. Jumpsuits, skirts and co-ords also make for some really lovely wedding guest outfits, especially for the end of winter wedding season.
Here are some of our favourite wedding guest outfit picks from top high street and online brands, available to buy right now.
ASOS DESIGN Double Puff Sleeve Jumpsuit, £38
A fashion-forward all-in-one, this jumpsuit offers minimum effort and maximum payoff when you get the call up to any wedding celebrations. We love the super on-trend clashing print.
Reiss Diane Velvet Jumpsuit in Red, £188
Rocio Solid Jumpsuit by Karina Grimaldi, £330
A sleek, sophisticated silhouette, this jumpsuit oozes timeless elegance and is bound to turn heads among the rest of the wedding guests.
Nasty Gal Satin High Neck Belted Midi Dress, £33
Soft, silk fabric, stunning green-grey colour and long, puffed sleeves: This is the ultimate transitional piece for a wedding on the brink of a new season.
Coast High Neck Floral Organza Puff Sleeve Dress, £79.20
Make a bold statement at a wedding during any season with this printed mini dress from Coast.
boohoo Pink Suit, from £35
Whether you go all out in this three-piece pink suit, or simply opt for the fitted blazer to add a pop of colour to your wedding guest outfit, this suit set from ASOS will score you some serious style points.
Whistles Esme Leopard-print Asymmetric-hem Midi Dress, £169
The perfect transitional piece for a wedding in any season, we love the leopard-print detail on this Whistles number – and its endless rewear potential.
Reformation Carolena Dress in Luna, £248
With its fitted bodice, puff sleeves and polka dot pattern, we’re obsessed with this Reformation number. The high slit makes it perfect for a spring or summer wedding.
ASOS DESIGN Belted Maxi Tea Dress, £45
We’re in love. The super-bold florals and belt add modern interest and style to this maxi dress which is perfect for any season.
This elegant and understated midi dress ensures you’ll be the best-dressed at the wedding – bar the bride, of course. We love the statement chain shoulder straps and waist tie – pair with statement gold earrings to really amp up the look.
RIXO Frida Ruffled Floral-print Crepe Wrap Midi Dress, £265
The wrap silhouette of this RIXO dress is super-easy to dress up or down depending on the wedding style. With a lightweight crepe fabric and voluminous balloon sleeves, the bold green pattern makes it perfect for a spring or summer wedding – team with white accessories (the only way you can wear white on a wedding day!) to make the look pop.
Zimmerman Silk Wrap Midi Dress, £595
If it’s a seriously special wedding, go all out with this stunning, pure-silk dusky rose Zimmerman dress. Its wrap-front silhouette, asymmetric skirt and blouson sleeves ensure it’s super-flattering – and comfortable to boot.
Maternity Dresses for Wedding Guests
Shopping for fashion-forward maternity wear can be difficult at the best of times, but when it comes to wedding guest outfits, there’s a whole other kind of pressure.
Whether you’re an evening guest or you’ve made the cut for the whole wedding, you and your bump are going to want an outfit that’s not only comfortable but oozing in style. These maternity pieces certainly top the style stakes.
ASOS DESIGN Maternity tie Waist Maxi Dress, £55
The floaty, light fabric and gorgeous baby-blue pastel hue make this an ideal wedding guest dress for pregnant guests in the spring or summer.
Flounce London Maternity Long Sleeve Satin Wrap Maxi Dress in Cinnamon, £55
You may be pregnant, but you can still make a statement! In the rust-orange colour of the season, this long-sleeved dress is just perfect for an autumn or winter wedding.
Wedding Guest Outfit Etiquette
- Avoid white if possible.
- Remember: less is more when it comes to make-up, hair styling and accessories.
- Opt for nude nail varnish. It matches any outfit and is less noticeable when chipped.
- Take a shrug, structured blazer or pashmina so you can party on into the evening when the temperature drops.
- Don’t show too much skin: legs or chest, not both.
- Most important of all, don’t upstage the bride!
Can you Wear White to a Wedding?
The answer to the question whether you can wear a white dress to a wedding when you are not the bride no – it is still frowned upon. This is because the bride should always be the one to stand out on her wedding day and one of the ways she does just that is by being the only one in the room wearing white.
Are There Exceptions to Wearing White to a Wedding?
There are exceptions to the rule if, for example, it’s a non-traditional wedding. Are your friends having a non-religious wedding? The bride may be happy with you wearing white – but make sure you check first. Just because the bride is wearing a different colour, doesn’t mean you can assume white is ok.
You may be able to wear white to a wedding if it’s a patterned dress with hints of white, according to bridal experts. Just steer clear of full-length gowns.
Can you Wear Off-white or Cream to a Wedding?
We’re afraid that if the bride is a traditionalist, then off-white is also off the cards.
What is she opts to wear ivory, cream or champagne herself, and you’re accidentally matching her hue? When it comes to cover ups or jackets, the bride may be more relaxed – though it’s always best to check first.
Can you Wear Black to a Wedding?
You really shouldn’t turn up to a wedding in a black dress – you’re not attending a funeral.
But in recent years, the old adage that forbids wearing black to weddings has changed with some brides even dressing their bridesmaids in black.
If you do choose to wear black to a wedding, make sure your look is in good taste. The key is to choose a black piece that’s festive, formal, and special enough to not be mistaken for funeral attire.
7 Things a Wedding Guest Should Never Wear to a Wedding
What colours are not If you’re a wedding guest, this one’s for you! The happy couple have made the effort to invite you to the best day of their life, so please make the effort and dress accordingly. Here are seven things that you should never wear to a wedding…
White or Ivory
This is probably the most important rule. Do not, we repeat, do not wear a white or cream coloured dress to a wedding.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve just come back from the Caribbean and have the most fabulous tan ever and the perfect white dress to show it off – this shade really is off limits. Instead, wear something in a colour and leave the whites to the bride.
You really shouldn’t turn up to a wedding in a black dress – you’re not attending a funeral. If you don’t suit pastels, then go for a number in a striking emerald or scarlet.
Wearing grey to a wedding is okay, or a dark navy but black really shouldn’t be worn to a wedding. It’s also considered unlucky and you wouldn’t want to be a bad omen, would you?
Anything too Loud
The bride and groom should be the focus of attention on their big day. That’s not to say you shouldn’t look your best and dress up for the occasion but you need to blend in, so that means not turning up in anything loud and garish.
Tiaras or Sparkly Headpieces
If you’re married yourself, you may have a tiara carefully wrapped up in tissue paper somewhere that you’re just dying to wear again. Well, forget it and keep your sparkly headpiece for a Christmas party or ball. Have a great up-do instead if it’s an elegant evening event – you can always wear a sparkly diamante clip or accessory in the back of your hair.
Jeans and a Nice Top
Remember, you’re going to a wedding where the bride and groom will have invested a lot of time and money in getting the day just right. So don’t come in anything too informal.
Make an effort. So no jeans, trainers, tracksuits – no matter how comfortable you like to feel. The same also goes for children, too.
Dress for the Occasion
On the other hand, you don’t want to be too formal either. If the wedding has a country-style theme and it’s in a barn where you’re going to be sitting on hay bales, then a silk coat dress with matching hat and Jimmy Choos is probably a bit too much. Match your outfit to the theme of the wedding.
Remember – it’s a Wedding, not a Night Out
Even if you’ve spent the last six months in the gym, you’ve lost a ton of weight or you’ve got a great pair of legs and want to show them off, you really shouldn’t wear anything skimpy to a wedding. So no hot pants, no super-short minis and no bras on display.
Guests should dress for weddings in an outfit that’s going to add to the occasion in a positive way. If you’re wearing a dress, ideally you want something below the knee or just above.
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