When it comes to finding perfect wedding guest dresses, there’s never been more choice on the high street. With wedding season now a year-round event, you’ve probably got more than a few big days in your calendar already.
We know you’ll want to look your best for all of them, and we’re here to help. To save you hours trawling through the website of every fashion retailer known to woman, we’ve rounded up 40 of the absolute best wedding guest dresses and outfits that are available to shop right now. Most of these work year-round with just a jacket needed for chiller days. If you're attending a summer wedding, then we've got a dedicated article for the best summer wedding guest dresses which will keep you feeling and looking cool.
From floaty maxis to dainty florals, flawless tailoring and a puff-sleeved beauty or two, no matter what your style or the type of wedding you’re attending, there’ll be something in this mix for you.
Before we even start, let's get a few rules out the way to help you choose the right wedding guest outfit:
- White is a total no-no. Doesn’t that go without saying?
- Don’t upstage the bride. By all means be experimental, but don’t go too OTT.
- Don’t wear anything too skimpy. The couple’s grandparents will be there, remember.
- Be bright and colourful in the summer! The photographs will look all the better for it.
- Don’t be too casual. You’ve got to make an effort.
- Take a pair of flats! Who can really dance all night in heels?
So, without further ado, here’s our edit of the best wedding guest dresses of the moment. Get scrolling and take your pick.
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1. Principles Polka Dot Midi Tea Dress - £49, Debenhams
This cute polka dot tea dress is a lovely, refined choice for a wedding. From the angel sleeves to the wrap tie waist, it falls gracefully over the body and subtly accentuates curves. Polka dots are a timeless pattern for guest dresses and this versatile gown had endless rewearability.
2. Sigmund Dress - £248, Reformation
This absolutely gorgeous long-sleeved dress has the sexiest thigh split that makes it suitable for every season. The Sigmund gown has a slim-fitting bodice, relaxed skirt, slightly puff sleeves and a super on-trend square neckline. There isn't a bit of it we don't love.
3. Karen Millen Mono Floral Woven Linen Jumpsuit - £139, Debenhams
You didn't think we wouldn't sneak in one or two jumpsuits, did you? This monochrome floral look has an on-trend halter neckline and flattering wide legs. Combined with the linen-viscose fabric, it'll keep you cool at a summer wedding and look beautiful topped with a fitted blazer at autumn and winter weddings. We love how it's styled here with a leather belt and simple gold jewellery.
4. Roxieyy Halterneck Midi Dress - £150, Ted Baker
Designed with vintage-inspired glamour in mind, this slinky Ted Baker dress comes in two colours: an earthy khaki and a warm burnt orange. With flowing, flattering lines and an elegant halter neckline, it just needs a few metallic accessories to make it wedding-ready.
5. Pink Linen Look Midi Dress - £29.99, New Look
Effortlessly elegant yet comfortable and relaxed, this pink midi dress comes in a linen-look fabric that will keep you cool in the summer. That tie back is a beautiful feminine detail that makes it wedding-worthy.
6. M&S X Ghost Lemon Puff Sleeve Midi Dress - £69, Marks and Spencer
Yellow is a perfect wedding guest dress as it turns out beautifully in photographs. M&S have collaborated with Ghost to design this delicate floral print tea dress which is sweet and sophisticated and ideal for a garden wedding.
7. Lace Corset Dress - £199, Whistles
How stunning is this cornflower blue shade! The corseted bodice and sheer puff sleeves makes for a wonderful hourglass silhouette that cinches the waist and billows out at the hem. The lace overlay screams chic wedding wear.
8. Bailee Embroidered Bird Dress - £140, Monsoon
Teal tulle is topped with embroidered birds and flowers for a romantic, flirty dress. Those floaty layered sleeves will look gorgeous in a summer breeze or while dancing the night away.
9. Scatter Sequin Midi Dress with Batwing Sleeves - £75, ASOS
Are you going to a glamorous wedding? Pale gold sequins and a sultry silhouette with a plunge neck and front split make this dress ideal for a glitzy affair. You'll feel a million pounds in this and look amazing under dance floor lights!
10. Floral Print Strap Back Dress - £69, Oasis
As enchanting as the front of this dress is, you'll fall in love with the cute cross straps on the back. In bright, vibrant colours and a fun, floral design, this is like sunshine in a dress.
11. Cowl Neck Midi Dress - £89, Coast Fashion
Sophisticated and slinky, a slip dress is a great choice for a fancy wedding. This chartreuse colour looks gorgeous on dark and tanned skin, and it's elevated by the stylish cowl neck and textured super-shimmery fabric.
12. Frances Pink Bubble Gum Stripe Swing Dress - £59, SilkFred
This fabulous, striped sleeveless style is both beautiful and practical: it's a stunning mix of pastel pink, cream, black and burgundy block stripes and there's pockets! At the back, you'll find a gorgeous bow among other cute touches.
13. V-Neck Embroidered Lace Midi Dress - £98, Chi Chi London
The Natalya dress is the perfect example of feminine florals. The delicate lace is adorned with blue and pink flowers from the airy cap sleeves to the scalloped hem. It's a really lovely piece you'll use time and time again.
14. Lulu Pistachio Asymmetric Drape Midi Corset Dress - £159, House of CB
House of CB are known for their incredibly sexy dresses and the Lulu pistachio number is no different. Crafted from ultra luxe duchesse satin and with a special boned corset for a sculpted fit, it's made for a glam wedding. It's super flattering on your cleavage and drapes wonderfully over the hips.
15. Draped Satin Dress - £39.99, H&M
The colour of this dress is 'pigeon blue' which rather understates the stunning icy silver-blue colour. It's a really flattering shade that looks even better in the shimmering satin fabric. The draped effect at the front is very flattering and this style can be dressed up or down depending on his formal the wedding is.
16. Phase Eight Maeve Frill Jumpsuit - £125, John Lewis
This jumpsuit will take pride of place in your wardrobe. It features a contrast bodice designed with an elegant frill detail and asymmetric neckline leading down to straight legs and finished with two pockets.
17. Jonas Two Piece - £248, Reformation
Reformation are one of our go-to brands for high-quality guest dresses you'll want to wear again and again. This time, we're drawn in by this tropical print two-piece which features an on-trend cropped top and high waisted skirt. There's a flirty hint of flesh but the puff sleeves and midi skirt length make this great for a more modest, formal occasion too.
18. Tie Back Maxi Dress - £199, Whistles
Modern and minimal, this maxi dress makes a statement. Feminine details like the tie back make it effortlessly stylish and so easy to style up with simple accessories. It comes in eight different colourways so there's something for everyone!
19. Red Satin Tie Strap Pleated Dress - £29.99, New Look
Coming in red or pink satin, this New Look dress is an amazing budget buy! At less than £30, it looks far more expensive and features lots of glamorous details including tie shoestring straps and a layered top.
20. Tipperleyhill Bardot Pencil Dress - £89, Oasis
Bold and eye-catching, this abstract floral print dress is a wonderful choice for a boho wedding. From the sleeves to that wrap detail on the chest, there's lots to look at and so much to love. Expect plenty of compliments.
21. Ana Animal Embroidered Midi Dress - £140, Monsoon
This bestselling dress from the sustainable S.E.W collection features bright pops of colour with ocean-hued animal patterns. Falling to just above the ankle, this lightweight design works across the seasons and would look great topped with a jacket in winter.
22. Tweed Knee Length Dress - £59, Marks and Spencer
This classic tweed style has a contemporary twist with the mini skirt length and chic gold-tone buttons. If you want a smart dress that works for a relaxed wedding, we love this easy-to-wear style, especially dressed up with block heels and a cute shoulder bag.
23. Hardware Halterneck Mini Dress - £119, Coast Fashion
Don't dismiss mini dresses for a wedding. If they fit the formality of the day, we can't recommend a stylish mini enough. This dress comes in a fun hot pink, classy black and chic ivory (although we don't recommend you wear that to a wedding!) and basically features its own built-in necklace.
24. Nikita Dress - £248, Reformation
Yes, we found summer in a dress for you. The delicate floral pattern on this Reformation dress goes perfectly with the feminine silhouette. It's a super flattering shape, as well as being comfortable, and has gorgeous touches all over from the ruffle edged neckline to the strap ties.
25. Isla Stripe Maxi Dress - £99, Monsoon
Wedding guest dresses often come in floral patterns so it's nice to see something a bit different here. Featuring beautiful watercolour shades and the occasional splash of hot pink, the Isla dress will look stunning in photographs and the cut drapes beautifully over the body.
26. Halterneck Contrast Jumpsuit - £56, Chi Chi London
We adore this monochrome jumpsuit which will draw every eye to you. Black is totally acceptable for a wedding when matched with bright accessories so we'd dress this up with some statement heels and bright lipstick.
27. Puff Sleeve Midaxi Dress - £95, SilkFred
The bold, red, heart print pattern makes this dress ideal for a day of love. With puff sleeves and a sweet split detail, it's a lovely gown for transitional weather.
28. Sasha Purple Swirl Midi Dress - £129, House of CB
Featuring rich autumnal tones, the Sasha dress has a cool '70s vibe that will turn heads. Made from soft and silky ruched organza mesh, it's a dream to wear and it features an inbuilt underwired bra so there's no messing around with strapless ones that slip down all evening! A great dress to party the wedding reception away in.
29. Katalina Dip Dye Fringe Dress - £225, Phase Eight
This dress was made for dancing! With tiered dip-dye fringing, the movement on this gown is incredible and it's perfect for a glam wedding or one with vintage, 1920s vibes. This is an investment dress you'll want to crack out for every fancy party.
30. Lipsy Spot Halterneck Bodycon Dress - £38, Next
Channel your secret inner style queen Cruella (watch the new Disney film now if you haven't already!) with this spotty halterneck gown. It's bang on trend and smart enough to work for any wedding occasion. Wear it like the model has here with simple hoop earrings and a beachy down do.
31. Gavin Dress - £218, Reformation
Reformation gowns are on the pricier end of the spectrum but they're worth every penny. You'll be the best dressed guest in one of their looks and we've got our eyes on the Gavin dress in this silky crepe fabric. It comes in eight different colourways and patterns, but we love this dainty 'Teacup' print.
32. Tiered Ruffle Maxi Dress - £40, ASOS
Casual dressers, look away; this is for the drama lovers. A maxi dress in cherry red with ruffle trims is a guaranteed winner for fancy weddings where you need to make an impact with your outfit. Considering this one comes in at just £40, it looks way more expensive than it costs.
33. Plumeti Chiffon Dress - £14.99, H&M
Speaking of great value, this dress really is under £15! It's short and sweet but totally whimsical and ideal for a boho or festival wedding. You can find a pretty light green version too that would work for an autumn or winter wedding with black tights and block heels.
34. Satin Floral Embroidered Midi Dress - £65, ASOS
No, you're not dreaming, this is really a dress you can buy so snap it up now. Super flattering on taller bodies and elongating on shorter frames, this glossy maxi drapes beautifully across the body from its high neck to cowl back and over the hips. Navy is a timeless choice for wedding guests and the floral embroidery elevates the whole look.
35. Phase Eight Multi Daryl Pleated Maxi Dress - £150, Next
Pleated for a rich, textured finish, this Phase Eight dress has bags of volume and movement. The floral pattern is fresh and vibrant while the wrap bodice accentuates your silhouette. An all-rounder you'll look chic and comfortable in all day.
36. Off-the-Shoulder Dress - £19.99, H&M
A simple but stylish dress is a fab wardrobe staple to have for weddings. This flouncy off-the-shoulder dress comes in a linen and cotton weave so it's beautifully lightweight, airy and perfect for destination weddings. Add some floral accessories for a rustic-luxe vibe or dress up with statement black stilettos.
37. One Shoulder Floral Maxi Dress - £75, Chi Chi London
Maxi prints are great for weddings as they photograph so well. This dress ticks all the boxes with a fresh one-shoulder neckline, a bright yet sophisticated floral print and tiered maxi skirt.
38. M&S x Ghost Heart Print V-Neck Midi Tea Dress - £89, Marks and Spencer
Is there a more suitable print for a wedding than hearts? We don't think so. This pretty tea dress features dainty hearts all over it. It's crafted from lightweight georgette fabric and features floaty angel sleeves that'll help you stay cool and also look beautiful as you dance and move.
39. Ditsy Print Tie Waist Scuba Jumpsuit - £75, Oasis
How cool is this ditsy daisy print jumpsuit! Boasting more of those trendy '70s vibe and bright splashes of colour, it's a playful outfit choice that suits a wedding bursting with florals.
40. Woven Printed Midi Wrap Dress - £89, Coast Fashion
Animal print will never fall out of favour, and this dress brings cheetah print bang up-to-date with striking multicolours. With a black background, the colours never get too overwhelming so you can wear this dress year-round and make a different impact every time.
41. Organza Puff Sleeve Dress - £109, Coast Fashion
This high fashion dress is the definition of drama. It'll be the talking point among wedding guests with a eyes on the puff sleeves, waist belt, and buttoned front. It comes in five colourways so there's something for everyone.
42. Double Layer Pleated Embroidered Midi Dress - £60, ASOS
How pretty is this floral embroidery. It suits the navy hue so well and looks beautiful against the sheer chiffon. Reviews say to size up to fit across the chest and we love a floaty, comfortable fit so you can eat as much as you want anyway.
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