49 of the Best Wedding Guest Dresses & Outfits to Shop Now

Are you stressed about what to wear to that wedding you've been invited to? Fear not! Simply choose one of these stunning wedding guest dresses which suit all styles and budgets.

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When it comes to finding perfect wedding guest dresses, there’s never been more choice on the high street – and trust us, that’s a very good thing. With wedding season now a year-round event, and (if your postbox looks anything like ours) the invitations for 2020 stacking up fast, you’ve probably got more than a few big days in your calendar already.

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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 49 of the absolute best wedding guest dresses and outfits that are available to shop right now.

From floaty maxis to dainty florals, flawless tailoring and even a quirky jumpsuit or two, no matter what your style or the type of wedding you’re attending, there’ll be something in the mix for you.

We’ve even made suggestions for everything for your shoes to your evening bag along the way. Well, with options starting from just £17.99, you might just be able to afford some new accessories, too…

6 Top Wedding Guest Dress Tips

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  • 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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49 of the Best Wedding Guest Dresses for 2020

1. Topshop Yellow Check Tie Wrap Midi Dress – £39

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Anyone else getting serious Ganni vibes from the check print and oversized sleeves on this Topshop dress? We love the sleeves and waist-enhancing tie on this wedding guest outfit. Glam it up with pink or white heels and keep your make-up simple to let the dress do the talking.

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2. H&M Long Tiered Dress – £34.99

The price tag on this H&M dress is almost too good to be true. For just shy of £35, you’re getting one of the loveliest looks on the high street right now. It’s also bang on trend, thanks to its frilled bib detailing and prairie-inspired tiered skirt. If you’re attending a wedding in a country garden, you’ll fit right in.

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3. Mango Floral Ruffled Dress – £69.99

Excuse us while we swoon over this swishy Mango maxi. From the gathered halter neckline to the delicate, wafer-thing straps, it’s a real thing of beauty. The lack of sleeves may be a slight gamble for any unpredictable early-season weather, but keep a cardi or tailored jacket in a coordinating shade on standby and you’ll be good to go whatever happens.

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4. Warehouse Ditsy Floral Midi Dress – £52

If you prefer something that’s more fitted than floaty, Warehouse’s slightly more tailored shapes could be a winner for your wardrobe, as this ditsy floral dress proves. The gathered bust and mid-calf hem length will flatter any body type, while the subtle puff sleeve adds a little extra statement.

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5. Boohoo High Neck Ruffle Front Polka Dot Dress – £28

If you’re on a tight wedding guest dress budget, Boohoo has got your back. The online retailer has dozens of styles under £30 that will help you to stand out from the crowd, including this cool polka dot dress. Add a red lip and white Mary Janes to complete your transformation into full vintage vamp.

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6. New Look Pale Grey Satin Ruffle Trim Belted Midi Dress – £27.99

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The joy of this satin New Look midi dress is that it’ll go with literally any colour accessory you own, so you can recycle pieces from your existing collection and sort your whole wedding look for under £30. The way the ruffles drape across the front is super elegant and will really show off your shape.

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7. Next Volume Sleeve Dress – £28

If you’re not the type for full summery brights, Next’s affordable volume sleeve dress is just the ticket. The round neck and long sleeves would be ideal for a slightly more formal setting like a church wedding, and it would also look great with a stone-coloured trench on top for venues where you might want an extra layer to hand.

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8. H&M Pleated Wrap Dress – £49.99

This satin H&M wrap dress comes in two varieties – a universally-flattering olive green and light beige with contrasting pattern. We think each would be as lovely for a wedding as the other; finish your ensemble with a pair of sheer tights and closed-toe shoes for extra warmth if you’re likely to be spending a lot of time outdoors on the big day.

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9. New Look Navy Spot Mesh Crochet Pleated Midi Dress – £32.99

There’s a reason both bridesmaids and wedding guests return to navy all year round – it’s a classic, as is this New Look prom-style dress. The quirky design combines crochet detailing and polka dot mesh panelling with a knee-length pleated skirt. The outcome is 50% boho, 50% vintage, and 100% a great pick for any special occasion.

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10. & Other Stories Metallic Crepe Puff Sleeve Midi Dress – £85

Metallics aren’t just for party season, as this grey-blue & Other Stories number proves. The volume in the sleeves is balanced by the fitted bodice and the ruffle that finishes the skirt – we’d add silver or gold accessories to up the sparkle stakes even further. It’s a modern-day Cinderella moment in the making.

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11. Chi Chi London Jaelana Dress– £90

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The unique crochet pattern of this chic Jaelana dress is ideal for any guest who doesn’t like to blend into the background. The halterneck, frill on the waistband and palette of the florals ticks all of our boxes and then some – it’s the ultimate wedding-appropriate upgrade to a traditional LBD.

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12. Never Fully Dressed Blue Modeste Johanna Print Dress – £99

Never Fully Dressed has a fab line in wedding dresses regardless of the time of year, and we’re particularly loving its Johanna print dress. In terms of sleeves and skirts, it’s long enough to work in any weather, but with its pretty pattern and pastel colour palette, it still feels really fresh and vibrant.

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13. Finery London Olney Printed Midi Dress – £99

Those who want a dress that works hard for their upfront investment, say hello to the Finery London Olney. Not only will this dress make an effortlessly cool wedding guest piece, it’ll also work at the office, for dinner with friends, date night and even on your next city break, driving your cost-per-wear down into the ‘very reasonable’ region.

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14. Miss Selfridge Pink Embroidered Organza Maxi Dress – £160

Be still our beating hearts – how beautiful is this floor-length Miss Selfridge maxi? The pastel pink colour, layered organza skirt, crossover back and intricate embroidery make it a real showstopper that will ensure all eyes are firmly on you (after the bride and her bridesmaids, of course).

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15. Oasis Heart Print Midi Dress – £56

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Look very closely and you’ll see that Oasis’s red patterned number isn’t actually a floral or an animal print fabric: it’s dotted with hundreds of tiny interlocking pink and red hearts. On a day that’s all about love, what could be appropriate? Play up the romance even further with a clutch in a complementary tone.

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16. Monsoon Fawn Floral Shirt Dress – £99

Monsoon’s Fawn dress is the perfect floral or a spring or summer wedding. The pattern is printed on sumptuous satin so it’s seriously soft against your skin and that little bit of coverage from the sleeves is ideal if the weather is typically British.

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17. Monki V-Neck Jumpsuit – £35

If we could only buy jumpsuits from one place for the rest of our lives, it’d be Monki. The Swedish brand has them absolutely mastered, with contemporary shapes, the comfiest fabrics and, crucially, low prices. Our top pick for 2020 is this £35 flowy jumpsuit with wide legs and a deep V-neckline. Slip on a pair of low-heeled mules and you’ll be queen of the dancefloor all night.

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18. Free People Day Or Night Maxi Slip ­- £88


Got a beach wedding in the calendar? Head directly to Free People’s boho-inspired designs. Some of the store’s pieces can be a bit pricey, but this Day Or Night Maxi Slip is a snip at under £100. This myrrh colourway isn’t the only option – it also comes in a dreamy ‘night grey’.

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19. Zara Midi Dress With Draped Detail – £59.99

It looks like it’s just walked off a catwalk, but no, your eyes are not deceiving you – this perfect purple dress really is from Zara! With an outfit this editorial, accessories can be kept simple and sleek – think strappy, barely-there heels and minimal jewellery, topped off with a sleek chignon.

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20. ASOS Dark Pink Plunge Front Midi Dress – £65

Frill seekers, meet your dream wedding guest outfit for 2020, from up-and-coming British brand Dark Pink via ASOS. From the lace inserts on the front to the ruffled cuffs, the emerald colour to the slit in the front of the skirt, we’re seriously impressed for the £65 price tag.

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21. Little Mistress Floral Pleated Dress – £85

The watercolour print of this Little Mistress dress is what caught our attention, and then the ruffled high-neck collar and statement belt were enough to convince us to add it to our basket. It’s a design available through Simply Be, so goes up to a size 26 – a brilliant plus-size option.

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22. Phase Eight Linda Frill Jumpsuit – £125

The Linda jumpsuit from Phase Eight instantly solves the dilemma of finding the right length of top to tuck in by attaching it directly to the trousers – genius! The soft pink and bow on the back of the waistband keep it super feminine – we’d particularly favour this look for inner city weddings where you might have to walk between venues.

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23. Stradivarius Dress With Puff Sleeves – £17.99

Polka dots never go out of style, but they’re very much front and centre for 2020. Stradivarius’s amazingly-priced twist is beige but certainly not boring: dress it up for spring ceremonies with a cute wicker bag, gold earrings, and natural yet glowy make-up.

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24. Angeleye Mint Silver Off Shoulder Jumpsuit – £62

Perhaps the wedding you’re attending calls for a little more razzle-dazzle than most. Enter this shimmering silver jumpsuit from Debenhams. We’re especially smitten by the wide-legged shape with statement slits over the ankles – well, when you’re wearing your best pair of shoes, you may as well show them off.

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25. Hobbs Lyla Dress – £189

Not into the usual wedding-friendly florals? Colour blocking could be the alternative you’ve been searching for. This sophisticated navy, green and white dress from Hobbs stands out from the other dresses on the rails for all the right reasons. We were also pleasantly surprised to discover it goes up to UK size 20.

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26. H&M Dress With A Tie Belt – £49.99

We can’t quite decide how to define the slightly sheeny fabric on this H&M dress – grey, lilac, mink? But one thing we do know is that it would be an excellent buy for almost any wedding you’ve got lined up this year; the button cuffs, high neck and opening at the back take it from standard to sensational.

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27. Ted Baker Olevya Everglade Sleeveless Wrap Dress – £199

When you enter  a room in Ted Baker’s Olevya dress, you might just have to wait for your fellow guests to pick their jaws up off the floor so they can talk to you – it’s seriously stunning. At almost £200, it’s one of the most expensive in our edit, but if your budget stretches, it’s worth every penny.

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28. French Connection Anana Whisper Strappy Jumpsuit – £130

Discovering the Anana jumpsuit from French Connection is like striking instant 2020 wedding guest outfit gold. Not only is classic blue Pantone’s colour of the year, making it a big tick in terms of trend boxes, it’s got a timeless silhouette and detail-oriented tailoring that means you’ll never tire of pulling it out of your wardrobe.

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29. Pretty Little Thing Dusty Blue Floral Pleated Midi Dress – £35

Pretty Little Thing isn’t just for purse-friendly party clothes – just take a glance at this ladylike midi, complete with angel sleeves and flirty pleated skirt. We’d pick up the pink and white from the pattern in the rest of our look; blush heels, pearl jewellery, or even a rosy pink padded headband.

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30. Warehouse Floral Low Back Slip Dress – £34

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If you’re not afraid of a spaghetti strap, a slip dress is always a good idea. Our favourite of the season is Warehouse’s blooming floral design, which calls for black shoes and a bag that can hold its own against the brights – like this yellow crossbody, for instance.

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31. Y.A.S Winny Floral Mini Dress – £65

This babydoll dress from Y.A.S. keeps things short, sweet and super stylish – you could dress it up with platform heels, or keep things relaxed with strappy sandals. Because of its roomy fit, it would also work as a pretty maternity option.

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32. Zara Printed Midi Dress – £59.99

The print on this Zara dress looks like it was inspired by antique wallpaper, and we mean that as a compliment of the highest possible order: it’s delicate, different and, quite frankly, divine. Although it has long sleeves, it’s made from a linen blend, so it should stay breathable even for high summer ceremonies.

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33. ASOS DESIGN Plunge Tux Jumpsuit With Wide Leg – £55

If ‘Cate Blanchett at any awards ceremony’ is what you’re hoping to channel at your next wedding, look no further than that uber-contemporary ASOS jumpsuit. We’re obsessed with that luxe tux neckline, and there’s a bonus to the claret colour: you’ll have no reason to fear anyone spilling red wine in your vicinity.

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34. Mango Printed Pleated Dress – £49.99


Can you wear black to a wedding? In the instance of this Mango pleated dress, we say: absolutely. The botanical print and ruffled edges give a much more romantic feel than your typical monochrome piece; make it feel even more refined with a shiny red lip.

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35. Navabi Annalisa Crepe Layered Midi Dress – £81

If you’re on the hunt for a plus-sized wedding guest dress, the sizing on this Navabi dress starts at a 14 and goes up to a 28. The simple shape makes gorgeous base for an outfit, and you can take it in any direction you like, from retro glamour to casual beach babe.

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36. New Look Yellow Short Sleeve Tea Dress – £25.99

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Love to show off your legs? This sunny New Look dress is your summer wedding guest look sorted. We’d plump for nude heels and a matching bag to go with this piece. The high neckline means no necklace is necessarily required, so consider a statement earring or stacked bracelets instead.

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37. Topshop Mint Double Breasted Suit – £79

It may be traditional for men to opt for suits when it comes to weddings, but there’s no reason why you can’t wear the trousers too. Coloured suiting was a huge trend last year and it definitely seems to be sticking around for 2020. The freshness of this minty Topshop two-piece has us hooked – swap the model’s tee for a crisp white shirt or satin cami.

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38. SilkFred Green Cape Sleeve Satin Maxi Dress – £39.99

If you haven’t already discovered SilkFred, it could be a game-changer for your wedding guest dresses going forward. The site curates literally hundreds of styles for any type of occasion you could dream of. Our current lust list is topped by The Fashion Bible’s green cape sleeve maxi – it comes in black or peach as well as green, and is unbelievable for the under £40 mark.

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39. V By Very Embellished Tulle Dress – £75

Good embellishment can be expensive, which is why we were impressed to find this Very dress for less than £100. The layered tulle skirt was made for spinning up a storm at the reception, and the sequins on the top half will catch the light with every turn.

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40. Kitri Aurora Red Polka Dot Dress – £165

Kitri is a hidden gem that fashion editors have been loving for the last few years, and more and more people are waking up to its charms. Its online store is packed with mid-priced midis like the Aurora, which uses a maxi length and volume sleeves for an in-vogue ’70s feel.

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41. River Island Yellow Star Printed Tie V Neck Midi Dress – £36

Seeing stars? Us too – and we’re into it. This satin River Island dress makes a fun alternative to the usual poppies and polka dots, especially if you’re an astrology fan. White accessories will really make this look pop.

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42. Nasty Gal Dressed To Frill Wrap Midi Dress – £40

Even at full price, this ruffled, rust-coloured Nasty Gal number would be a option on a budget, but keep your eyes peeled for the brand’s (very regular) offers. It often runs major on-site discounts of 40 per cent or more, meaning you could get this year’s wedding wardrobe for an absolute steal.

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43. Monsoon Elyse Embellished Waist Maxi Dress – £110

Grecian goddess, eat your heart out – this free-flowing, layered Monsoon maxi is wedding guest chic personified. You can complement the sparkle of the sequins in the waistband with a silver clutch bag and metallic heels – a twinkly hair accessory wouldn’t go amiss either.

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44. Whistles Penny Belted Dress – £149

Whatever weather you wake up to on the day of your next wedding, Whistles’ Penny dress will make it work for you. We’d add a blazer for the exchanging of the vows, and then whip it off after dinner so you can dance until dawn. The bright blue will look amazing in the pictures.

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45. Chi Chi London Sutton Dress – £80

Lace is a wedding staple, and not just for bridal gowns. We love the Sutton’s wide-set, two-tone twist on a conventional pretty-in-pink style. The contrasting band will nip in your waist and the lined chiffon skirt means it’s not even the tiniest bit see-through, as other less expensive versions can sometimes be. There’s also a cute cut-out detail on the back.

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46. Missguided Orange Floral Print Plunge Neck Maxi Dress – £35

Lots of wedding guest dresses tend to have tiny straps, but this Missguided dress goes against the grain with a wider, more supportive style – brill if you have a bigger bust. The slit keeps things slinky rather than frumpy, and the print is showstopping. Oh, and did we mention it’s only £35?

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47. Uterque Long Surplice Dress With Bow – £200

Think of Uterque as Zara’s very much grown-up big sister (they’re both owned by the same parent company, which is also responsible for Stradivarius, Massimo Dutti and Pull & Bear). It’s a great place to find dresses you’re not likely to see on anyone else, as its collections – featuring genuinely amazing pieces like this long surplice dress – are small, limited runs and the range is regularly updated.

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48. La Redoute Cotton Bodycon Midi Dress – £50

We’ve selected this cotton bodycon dress for its versatility – it’s formal enough for the grandest of affairs, but would also look at home at an easy-going pub or church hall reception. The graphic print makes the simple cut stand apart from other more basic buys.

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49. Iris & Ink Stella Cady Dress – £79

For times when only designer will do, you can’t beat The Outnet, which offers up to 70 per cent off the biggest and best-loved brands. Iris & Ink is its exclusive in-house label, and specialises in elevated staples like this Stella dress that comes in magenta, midnight blue or merlot.

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