Once upon a time, when you were shopping for wedding guest dresses, you probably had a mental list of three or four department stores that stocked suitably formal outfits.
But those days are over – the high street has risen to the occasion (pun intended) in recent years, filling its rails with chic and cheerful cheap wedding guest dresses that look far more expensive than they actually are.
The ongoing trend for long-sleeve midi dresses has certainly given levels of choice a boost this year, but that’s not the only style to consider. From babydoll smocks to Old Hollywood-inspired bardot buys, we’ve whittled down just some of the most gorgeous options that are ready to shop right now, with something to suit all shapes, sizes and crucially, price points.
Oh, and remember, no matter how many ceremonies you’ve got in the diary for 2020, there’s absolutely no shame in saving your money (and the planet) by wearing the same dress more than once. Even if you have already posted a picture of yourself in it on Instagram.
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38 Cheap Wedding Guest Dresses That Cost Less Than £80
1. & Other Stories Twist Knot Dress – £69
& Other Stories might sit at the higher-end of high street price points, but it still stocks plenty of stylish wedding guest dresses under £100. This minty fresh & Other Stories midi has flattering elbow-length sleeves and a v-neckline that’s perfect for layering with your favourite necklaces. It’s simple and elegant, which means you can let your accessories do the talking.
2. Topshop Floral Button V Neck Midi Dress – £39
If finding a cheap wedding guest dress with sleeves is high on your agenda, you could do a lot worse that this lovely Topshop number. The fun print will look just as fab in the group pictures as it will spinning around the dance floor. Add a cute clutch and a block heel and you’re good to go.
3. H&M Wrap Dress – £24.99
Can you really beat a trusty wrap dress? We’re big fans of this satin yellow number from H&M. Not only does it look chic but it has a nifty elasticated waist at the back so you can leave those Spanx at home. Result!
4. Oasis Floral Ruffle Midi Dress – £68
This short-sleeved Oasis wrap dress has all of the hallmarks of a great wedding guest dress – pretty pattern, timeless shape, and feminine finish. The way the angel sleeves hang like a cape at the back is a beautiful touch – whether you wear it to a beach wedding or a rural affair, you’ll be the belle of the ball (after the bride, of course).
5. Monki Dressy Wrap Dress – £30
Monki girls love to stand out from the crowd – and this polka-dot design is just the ticket if you do too. Slick on a swipe of red lipstick and an on-trend padded headband for retro glamour in matter of minutes. Because it’s got a shirt collar, you can recycle the look for the office too.
6. Arket Satin Slip Dress – £69
Arket is the cool older sister of brands like H&M and & Other Stories – think sleek Scandi silhouettes and luxe fabrics galore. Play up these qualities and dress up this satin slip dress with pearl earrings or hairslides, or a Shrimps-style beaded bag.
7. F&F Red Bandeau Midi Dress – £26
You might already shop it in your local Tesco, but did you know you can now find F&F clothing online via the Next website too? This handy bit of knowledge means you can snap up gems like this red bandeau midi dress and get them delivered straight to your door. Order now, thank us later.
8. Mango Flowy Belt Dress – £59.99
We’re always head over heels for a drapy satin maxi, especially when it comes in a stunning jewel tone line Mango’s flowy belt dress. The adjustable belt isn’t just flattering – it means you can give yourself a little extra breathing room after that second slice of wedding cake, too.
9. Zara Printed Midi Dress – £9.99
This round neck Zara dress is the kind of outfit you can wear anywhere, and that definitely includes a spring or summer wedding – especially dressed up with oversized earrings, a contrasting bag and strappy shoes. If you prefer a more tailored fit, you could add a waist belt for a little extra cinch. It also comes in red, leopard print or black.
10. Pieces Wrap Maxi Dress in Lilac Jacquard – £48
Quite how Pieces have managed to get this floor-sweeping jacquard print dress under the £50 mark, we’re not sure, but we’re certainly not complaining. A neutral clutch and heels are all you need to complete your sweeping, ultra-stylish wedding guest ensemble.
11. Marks & Spencer Floral Waisted Midi Dress – £29.50
This is not just a cheap wedding guest dress – this is an M&S wedding guest dress, with a high neck and ruched waist that will leave you with change from £40. If you’re tall, there’s also a long version of this design for the same price, and sizes range from 6 to a 24.
12. Nobody’s Child Green Animal Jacquard Siri Midi Dress – £38
Trying to shop more sustainably? Nobody’s Child is the eco-friendly brand you’ve been looking for. This emerald green midi dress, with lightly-puffed shoulders and a subtle, shimmery animal print, is just one of the pieces in their small collections that are designed to be worn again and again, rather than just once and then tossed into landfill.
13. River Island Light Green High Lace Neck Mini Smock Dress – £38
Love a short hemline and a little bit of lace? Channel babydoll vibes in River Island’s 60s-esque long-sleeved smock dress in a delicate light green. Play up the kitsch with chunky hoop earrings and metallic shoes – just be sure to add it to your basket sooner rather than later, because it’s an online exclusive you won’t find in stores.
14. New Look Dark Grey Satin Pleated Midi Dress – £27.99
So stunning it could almost be a bridesmaid’s dress, but with a price tag of £28? We can’t quite believe our eyes either. New Look’s pleated satin dress will accentuate your curves and catch the light at every turn – the slate grey hue is a neutral choice you can rewear time and time again.
15. Dorothy Perkins Billie & Blossom Curve Navy Feather Print Midi Dress – £35
Dorothy Perkins is always a great option for cheap wedding guest dresses, but if you’re a size 18 or above, it’s well worth a look at their Curve range in particular. This whimsical feather print dress has sheer chiffon sleeves that’ll keep you cool on a sunny day, and will look lovely paired with a classic nude pump.
16. Missguided Rust Satin Wrap Ruffle Midi Dress – £30
An asymmetrical hem and ruffle detail are the finishing touches on Missguided’s rust satin wrap dress, which looks far more expensive than its £30 price tag. Play up the metallic colour with gold accents like earrings – you’ll definitely be dressed to impress.
17. Motel Bonita Midi Dress in Satin Forest Green – £34
This strappy number from Motel shows just the right amount of skin while remaining effortlessly classy. Our favourite feature is the crossover tie at the back – wear your hair back at the nape of your neck for maximum impact.
18. Next Angel Sleeve Dress – £32
Black dresses at a wedding can be a little controversial, but when it’s as pretty as this Next angel sleeve dress, you’ll be showered with compliments regardless. The vintage-inspired fit with gathered waist and midi length is sophisticated and sleek – plus, the monochrome palette means you can add basically any accessory.
19. Warehouse Pleated Midi Dress – £69
Hello yellow! Even if the sun doesn’t shine on the big day your dress will be beautiful enough to brighten the occasion regardless. The v-neck and back partnered with the pleats on the skirt will elongate your shape and make you look long and lean. Pop on as high a heel as you dare to enhance the effect.
20. V by Very Pleated Cape Woven Midi Dress – £45
You can’t go wrong with navy, as this Very fit and flare midi dress, with its billowing skirt, pleated cape sleeves and fitted bodice proves. It would work well for any wedding, but especially a smart summer affair at a glam country manor.
21. Little Mistress Corrina Desert Rose Lace Bodycon Dress – £65
We’ve got three words for you, and they are va, va, vooooom: Little Mistress’s lacy, racy little number will turn heads for all the right reasons. Statement puff sleeves and high necks remain two of the biggest 2020 trends, and a romantic rose hue is always wedding-appropriate.
22. Debenhams Black Daisy Print Mesh Midi Dress – £39
Looking for a wedding guest dress with a little extra edge? We’ve found it – and at Debenhams, of all places. The sheer overlay makes this cool, boho-inspired look suitable for all seasons and the daisy embellishment keeps it sweet – swap the chunky boots for slimline heels and add a contrasting clutch to finish the look.
23. Hush Naya Slip Dress – £30
Antipodean brand Hush’s line is intended for those who want to harness a little laid-back cool – ideal if you’re attending a wedding that’s a little more relaxed. The Naya Slip dress is slinky enough for a cocktail reception but still smart enough for the church, and the racing stripe up the side is a fun addition that makes it stand out from other styles.
24. Miss Selfridge Pale Green Scuba Midi Dress – £59
Anyone else getting major 50s prom vibes from this lovely pastel green dress from Miss Selfridge? From the sweetheart neckline to the fit-and-flare skirt, it begs to be spun around in for the ultimate fancy photo op.
25. ASOS DESIGN meadow ditsy midi dress with belt – £35
ASOS is pretty much a one-stop-shopping-shop for any occasion, but providing a massive range of cheap wedding guest dresses is where it really excels. Our current fave is this flirty floral dream of a dress, from the brand’s in-house DESIGN creatives.
26. Vero Moda Sleeveless Dress – £48
The halter neckline, the maxi hemline, the embroidered waist, and the fact that it costs less than £50 – we couldn’t be more head over heels for this Vero Moda occasionwear. Not into the pretty-in-pink look? There’s also a deep blue or pine green version.
27. Boohoo Boutique Chiffon Frill Wrap Maxi Dress – £24
Part of Boohoo’s more premium edit, Boutique, this chiffon wrap dress is a knockout. The cold-shoulder cut-outs and split in the skirt are subtly sexy without feeling overt, and the sapphire colour would be gorgeous topped off with gold jewellery for a Grecian effect.
28. Chi Chi London Emmett Dress – £60
Chi Chi can always be relied upon to bring glitzy looks at surprisingly low prices. Attending a wedding that requires that extra touch of razzle dazzle this year? Its peachy-keen Emmett dress, with an eye-catching asymmetric neckline and contrasting shoulder detail, is just the thing.
29. Pretty Little Thing Multi Renaissance Print Long Sleeve Wrap Bardot Midi Dress – £22
Bored of the usual prints and patterns? This renaissance print midi, with its figure-hugging shape is the perfect way to switch it off. Ditch necklaces to let the bardot neckline shine, and use drop earrings to up the swanky factor.
30. Nasty Gal Rule The Dance Floor Lace-Up Dress – £17
If you’ve ever fantasised about looking like an IRL version of the dancing lady emoji, now’s your chance. Nasty Gal’s merlot-coloured gown has a cross-back with lace-up detailing to nip you in at the waist, before extending down to a waterfall-front skirt that will bring all the drama to the dancefloor. Shimmying obligatory.
31. La Redoute Metallic Midi Dress with Puff Sleeves – £52
£52 for this top-to-toe silver La Redoute dress (and those spectacular balloon sleeves) is already pretty good value. But the online retailer often has major online sales with discounts across every item on the site, so if you keep your eyes peeled, you might be able to get it for even less.
32. Berskha Dress with Ruffles and Balloon Sleeves – £19.99
There’s a 90s childhood party dress quality to this Berksha chenille dress, but we mean that entirely as a compliment; it’s nostalgia done in an up-to-the-minute way. The violet colour would look fab with a bright berry lip – as it’s short, add this season’s statement tights like polka dots or mini hearts for an extra fun twist.
33. Wallis Green Floral Print Midi Dress – £40
Petite? Wallis could be your new secret weapon when it comes to dress shopping. The high-street store has multiple options tailored for women who are 5”3 and under, including this charming floral midi dress with semi-sheer sleeves. Play up the pale pink in the flowers with coordinating footwear.
34. In The Style Laura Jade Blue ‘The Ellie’ Midi Dress – £27
Periwinkle blue is the perfect summer wedding shade, and this understated In The Style dress uses a cowl neck and tasteful thigh split to set it off. Delicate gems and silver shoes are the order of the day if you want to go really ladylike and unleash your inner Fleur Delacour.
35. Amazon Find Women’s Summer Midi Dress with Flute Sleeve Detail – from £11.46
Prime members, rejoice, because Amazon’s own-brand Find collection makes it possible to order a showstopping dress on a 24-hour turnaround, and at an absolute bargain price too. First up we’ll be ordering this adorable red dress covered in tiny hearts – well, if you can’t wear something this cute on a day that’s all about love, when can you?
36. Oliver Bonas Red Wildflower Midi Dress – £75
You already know and love Oliver Bonas for its homeware (hands up if you’re still saving for that epic gold bar cart), but don’t forget it does a stellar range of fashion finds, too. Dresses like this red wildflower design aren’t cheap cheap, but they’re lovely quality and can be worn to your big events for years to come.
37. Never Fully Dressed Gold Ditsy Print Midi Dress – £79
Hello sleeves of our dreams. This glamorous number from Never Fully Dressed manages to strike just the right balance between grownup and sexy, making it a fool-proof (not to mention totally flattering) wedding guest option.
38. SilkFred Bardot Off Shoulder Midi Dress – £45
SilkFred has dozens of wedding guest dresses under £50, including this peppy plum pick. The off-shoulder shape of the neck and ruffle in the skirt balance out your proportions, making this an ultra-flattering buy – and because it’s made in a stretchy crepe fabric, you can help yourself to as many servings as you like at dinner, no regrets.
So you’ve found the perfect budget wedding guest dress, but what about accessories? Don’t miss our roundup of the best wedding guest accessories to buy now.