Dress for Wedding Guest

Dress for Wedding Guest

About Wedding-Guest Dresses

Wedding season approaches, and we have a gorgeous selection of wedding-guest dresses so chic, you'll almost (but not quite) outshine the bride. We've got breezy frocks in pastel and earthy hues perfect for beach weddings and other destination nuptials, along with reception-ready cocktail dresses in bold red or classic black—ideal for more formal events. Whether you're the mother of the bride, her sister or her bestie, we have a style and a silhouette to suit. Shop now, and forever love your piece. (And don't forget to find the perfect pair of sandals or statement earrings to complete your look.)

What should I wear to a wedding as a guest?
As a very general rule, women wear dresses and men should wear a suit. Your suit should not be black, and your dress should not be white. However, as soon as you add in dress code requirements like "black tie optional," or "cocktail attire," you have a much more specific look to achieve.
Usually, it means you can wear either a cocktail dress and heels or a longer formal dress—either is acceptable. (Trendier dressers at black tie optional weddings may opt for a fancy midi dress in lace or velvet or sleek jumpsuit in crepe or satin.)
What colors should you not wear to a wedding?
Here's a list of colors you can't wear to a wedding, and some you should think twice before donning.
  • Never wear…
  • White. White is still the main color you can't wear to a wedding. ...
  • Ivory. ...
  • Think twice before wearing…
  • Champagne or Gold. ...
  • Super-Light Pastels. ...
  • Too-Sparkly Metallics. ...
  • Bridesmaid Dress Color.
What kind of dress is appropriate for a wedding?
Evening wear is most appropriate here. For men, this typically means a dark tuxedo, a white dress shirt, a coordinating bow tie, a cummerbund, and suspenders (optional), says Corry. Dress shoes, like oxfords, are suitable. Women can wear either a long gown or a dressy cocktail dress.
Can I wear light pink to a wedding?
If the bride is wearing something very formal or elaborate, and you want to wear a pale pink sheath, suit, or sundress, that will probably be just fine, provided it's dress code-appropriate. Though ultimately, it's probably best to err on the side of caution—to avoid side eye from other guests, if nothing else.
Can u wear jeans to a wedding?
CasualTruly vague, casual in any other context means jeans and a T-shirt. But in this context, it means you can wear separates to this wedding. Think chinos a button down or polo and a blazer, no tie. ... Your best bet is to dress for a dressy casual affair.
What do you wear to an evening wedding?
Dressing for a Black Tie Wedding. Choose an evening gown or cocktail dress. A floor-length evening gown is seen as the most formal form of women's wear for a night event. Aim for a dark-colored fabric to go with the night.
Is it better to be overdressed or underdressed for a wedding?
For most of us, the big issue isn't going to be deciding what to wear to a wedding. No, it's deciding how to dress in more casual, everyday settings. ... Wear it with jeans for a casual but classy style. And if you feel overdressed, you can take the jacket off and become instantly casual.
Can I wear a beige dress to a wedding?
Both beige and lace are O.K. to wear to a wedding, and your skirt and blouse sound like acceptable guest attire. In fact, today's female wedding guests may even wear white, as long as they do not attempt to look like a bride themselves.
What do you wear to a very casual wedding?
When putting together a casual wedding outfit, stay away from formal gowns and cocktail dresses. Instead, opt for separates that you would wear in an office, like dress pants, pencil skirts, and cotton sundresses. For a fall or winter wedding, try a tailored pair of wide-leg wool trousers with a silk top.
What should I wear to an outdoor summer wedding?
Country Summer Wedding Dresses for Guests
Choose an outfit that is comfortable and practical for the outdoors, yet still beautiful. A simple yet gorgeous dress with an A-line hem will work perfectly for this occasion. Choose from colours such as lilac, soft yellow, pink and red for your dress.
What do you wear to a summer wedding?
Choosing an Outfit for a Semi-Formal Wedding. Wear a lightweight suit for a cool, masculine look. Summer is no time for a heavy 3-piece suit. Opt for a light suit made from a breathable material like linen, cotton, or seersucker.  Summer is the season for weddings, and that means an opportunity to get dressed up! Summer weddings can be a lot of fun, but you'll need to choose your outfit carefully in order to dress appropriately for the occasion while still being comfortable in the summer heat. Luckily, by picking the right fabrics and styles, you'll be able to select the perfect outfit to celebrate this special occasion with your loved ones!
Is an evening wedding formal?
Generally, evening weddings are formal or black-tie events, so they call for sophisticated and appropriate wedding wear.
What colors are not appropriate to wear to a wedding?
You may choose to wear any color except black or white. The guest's goal should be to blend in with the surroundings and let the bride shine. As her guest, you should avoid attire that could be considered informal or in bad taste. Pastels, jewel tones and earth tones are excellent choices, as are most primary colors.
Do I have to wear a dress to a wedding?
As a very general rule, women wear dresses and men should wear a suit. Your suit should not be black, and your dress should not be white. However, as soon as you add in dress code requirements like "black tie optional," or "cocktail attire," you have a much more specific look to achieve.
What do you wear to an outdoor wedding?
You can often wear sleeveless, strapless, and halter wedding dresses for an outdoor summer wedding, and may choose to wear a matching jacket at night when the sun goes down. You should, on the other hand, feel appropriately formal in dress pants and a button-down shirt with a suit jacket over it.
What do you wear to a wedding evening reception?
Gentleman should wear a tuxedo or a formal dark suit and tie. Ladies should wear a long dress, a dressy suit, or a formal cocktail-length dress in a dark, neutral tone like brown, grey or black.

Dressing Appropriately for the Occasion

Choose lightweight and breathable fabrics for an outdoor wedding. Check the invitation to see where the wedding will be held. If the venue is outdoors, you'll want to dress in cool, breezy fabrics, like cotton, linen, or chiffon. In general, natural fabrics will be cooler than synthetics. 
  • If you will be attending a beach wedding, make sure you choose sand-friendly footwear.
  • You'll be comfortable and cute at an outdoor wedding if you wear a sundress and sandals or wedges.
  • For outdoor weddings, be sure to dress for the weather. A summer weather may turn out to unseasonable, so be sure to have a Plan B.

Opt for more conservative attire for indoor ceremonies. Indoor ceremonies are usually a little more formal than outdoor ceremonies. Avoid showing too much skin or wearing overly informal clothing like flip flops or shorts.

  • A classic suit and tie in a light material like cotton is always in style.
  • A knee-length dress with modest heels and a light jacket will be perfectly appropriate for any location.
  • If you are not familiar with the venue, try researching it online to get a feel for the kind of events that have been held there in the past.

Consider a summer color palette. Traditionally, summer fashion reflects the bright colors of summer. Bold, bright colors, like yellow and turquoise, are popular for daytime weddings during the summer, since they reflect natural colors in the environment.

  • A light grey or tan suit, will help keep you cooler than a dark one, and it will also fit the celebratory atmosphere of a wedding.
  • Men's fashions tend to not be as bright or colorful as women's wear. Color tends to be focused on dress shirts, ties, and pocket squares. A suit in a bright color will make a very bold statement that may or may not be deemed acceptable.
  • Even if your dress is a neutral color, you can accessorize with bright pops of color to help fit the mood.
  • Neutrals are always fine. A tasteful outfit in a neutral (black, white, grey, navy, khaki) is always acceptable for a wedding unless the bridal couple ask for something specific.

Wear darker colors and more formal styles to an evening wedding. Evening weddings tend to be dressier occasions, and the colors tend to be a little more muted. If you want to wear color, try looking for pieces in jewel tones like emerald green or ruby red, since these colors tend to look more expensive and dressy.

Follow any special instructions on the invitation. Wedding invitations will sometimes include guidelines for guests' attire, with phrases such as black tie, semi-formal, or festive attire.

  • "Black tie" means extremely formal. Guests will be expected to wear a tuxedo, gown, or other very dressy attire.
  • Formal is the general standard for weddings.
  • Casual attire is casual, but not sloppy. This may be the case in a wedding at a barbeque, beach party, or very casual location.
  • Specific attire is sometimes requested. This will be outlined by the couple getting married.Typically this is will be more optional than mandatory, although if there is an issue contact the couple with concerns.
    • For a Halloween wedding, the couple welcomes costumes.
    • A bride whose best friend died recently might request people wear red in her friend's honor.
    • A couple who participates in American Civil War reenactment may allow historical costuming at the event.

Ask a member of the wedding party if you're still not sure what to wear. The bride and groom will likely be busy finalizing the details of their big day. However, any member of the wedding party should be happy to give you details about the dress code.

  • You could also ask the mother of the bride or groom, or a close friend of the couple who isn't in the wedding party.

Choosing an Outfit for a Semi-Formal Wedding

Wear a lightweight suit for a cool, masculine look. Summer is no time for a heavy 3-piece suit. Opt for a light suit made from a breathable material like linen, cotton, or seersucker. Popular colors for summer suits include light grey, pale blue, and khaki. 

  • You can pair your suit with a crisp white shirt for a classic look, or express your creativity by choosing a more colorful option. Opt for a long-sleeved shirt with the sleeves rolled up rather than a short-sleeve shirt, since that will look dressier.
  • Wear a pair of lightweight dress shoes, like loafers or boat shoes, with no socks to look casually put-together.

Don slacks and a blazer if you don't want to wear a suit. Blazers are a popular option for summer weddings, as they're casual yet still look put-together. Be sure to choose a lightweight material like cotton or a thin knit.

  • Wear a long-sleeved button-down shirt made of cotton or linen under your blazer for a dressier look.
  • Khaki pants and loafers paired with a white button-down and a navy blazer is a classic combination.
  • Put on a blazer over a polo shirt and push the sleeves up for more informal occasions.

Choose a dress made from breathable fabrics for a feminine summer look. Flowy, lightweight fabrics, like chiffon, crepe, lace, and cotton will have you looking dressy while staying cool. Hold the dress up to the light to make sure it won't to be too sheer in the sunlight, though!

  • Stay away from materials that don't breathe, like silk. Even if they seem lightweight, you will likely be uncomfortable in the heat of a summer day.
  • Opt for a floral maxi dress in a flowy material for full coverage without sacrificing style. Pair the look with dressy flats and you'll be ready for any occasion.
  • A pretty knee-length sundress and sandals is a great option for a beach wedding. You won't be too exposed if the wind blows, and your dress won't drag in the sand.

Select a romper or jumpsuit for a pretty, fun look. Dressy jumpsuits and rompers are comfortable, cute, and on-trend. They're also versatile—they can be dressed up for more formal occasions or dressed down if the wedding is more casual.

  • If you want to make your romper or jumpsuit more casual, wear flats or dressy sandals and keep your jewelry minimal.

Bring a light cardigan or jacket if the wedding will go into the evening. Even if the start of the day is sweltering, temperatures may drop dramatically once the sun goes down. Keep yourself from getting chilly by carrying a lightweight jacket along to the event.

  • A fitted blazer looks nice over a jumpsuit, while a soft cardigan will be pretty over a flowy dress.

Selecting Clothes for a Formal Wedding

Wear a long gown to look elegant and feminine. Evening weddings are the perfect occasion to wear a glamorous gown, even in the summertime. To help combat the heat, look for sleeveless or strapless options.

  • If the event is black tie, opt for a solid-colored gown in a dark color or a jewel tone. Pair it with heels or elegant flats.

Choose luxurious fabrics if you want to wear a cocktail-length dress. Shorter dresses can sometimes seem less formal. To counteract this, you should look for a dress made from a rich-looking fabric like satin, lace, or crepe. Since it's a wedding, avoid dresses with extremely short skirts or that expose too much cleavage.

  • Elevate the look further with metallic heels or flats and simple, tasteful jewelry.


Select a nice suit for a formal, put-together look. Formal weddings usually feature plenty of tailored men's suits and feminine pantsuits. Since temperatures usually drop in the evening, you'll be grateful for the jacket if you have to go outside.

  • Suits generally look best when paired with practical leather dress shoes or pumps.
  • You can also opt for evening separates, such as a pair of wide-legged pants and a matching fitted top with glamorous accessories.

Opt for a tuxedo if the invitation says black tie. Formal occasions are the perfect time to channel your inner James Bond with a tuxedo. If you don't have one, consider renting one so you'll fit in at the occasion.

  • You don't have to wear a plain black tuxedo, although they are the most classic option. Blue, grey, and white are a few other popular tuxedo colors you might consider.

Pick a jumpsuit for a polished look. Flowy formal jumpsuits are a great way to get the elegance of a dress while still enjoying the comfort of wearing pants. As a bonus, they're universally flattering, since they elongate and slim your figure.

  • You'll be tastefully appropriate for any occasion in a flowy chiffon jumpsuit, a pair of strappy heels, and bold statement jewelry.

Grooming and Accessorizing

Apply an antiperspirant to keep yourself from sweating. You probably put on deodorant every time you leave the house, but for the ultimate protection, make sure you are using a deodorant that is also an antiperspirant.

  • Deodorant gets rid of odors, but antiperspirant helps to keep you from sweating in the first place.
  • You can apply antiperspirant anywhere you don't want to sweat, including your underarms, hands, and even your feet.
  • Bring along a travel-sized antiperspirant in your pocket or handbag in case it starts to wear off.

Accessorize a nice suit with a tie. Choose a necktie or bowtie in a color that coordinates with your suit or with the colors worn by the wedding party. Your tie shouldn't be a bright color or pattern that will stand out in photographs unless the invitation calls for festive attire.

Pin a flower to your jacket if you want to dress up a suit even more. A small flower pinned to your jacket is a cheerful touch that fits perfectly with the spirit of a wedding. You can match the flower to your own outfit, or you can ask a member of the wedding party about the wedding colors and match the flower to that.

  • You could also use a pocket square in a color that coordinates with your tie, although the 2 should not match perfectly.

Opt for light makeup if you wear any. Heavy makeup tends to run if you sweat, so opt for lightweight makeup that will allow your skin to breathe. Instead of heavy foundation, mix concealer with your face lotion to create a lightweight base for your look.

  • Bring along your powder so you can touch up your makeup if you need to.


Wear sunscreen if you're going to an outdoor wedding. It's important to wear sunscreen any time, but during the summer, the sun's UV rays are especially strong. Apply sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 before you get dressed.

  • If you'll be in the sun for more than 2 hours, bring your sunscreen along with you so you can reapply it.

Put your hair up if you can. Summer heat can cause your hair to stick to the back of your neck, making you feel uncomfortable. Luckily, there are plenty of ways that you can wear your hair up while still looking dressy enough for a wedding. For instance, you could opt for an elegant updo, like a chignon or a French braid.

  • If your hair isn't long enough to put up, pinning it back away from your face.
  • Wear a headband, flower, or barrette in your hair to add a pretty touch to your hairstyle.

Carry a small clutch or a satin bag if you don't want a big purse. Sometimes a dressy outfit doesn't look right with a large bag, especially if you're attending a very formal event. Small clutches and wristlets are always a popular option, and they're available in a number colors and styles.

  • Small satin pouches are a popular option that can seem more modern than a traditional clutch.

Wear dressy shoes that will let your feet breathe. The type of footwear you choose will depend on your outfit, but you should look for options that allow air to flow over your foot. This will keep your feet from sweating and help you to stay cool.

  • Loafers, leather dress shoes, dressy sandals, and embellished flats are good options if you want to wear flats.
  • Strappy heels and wedges are popular options if you prefer wearing heels.

Choose simple jewelry that won't weigh you down if you wear any. Even if you want to accessorize your look with statement jewelry, avoid wearing heavy pieces, as they can make you feel hot and constricted. Thin chains with pretty pendants and lightweight bracelets are popular options during the summer.

  • If you want to make a big statement without wearing a heavy necklace or chunky bracelets, try wearing a dramatic pair of earrings.


BEST-DRESSED GUEST. Heading to a wedding and in need of a fabulous frock? Sandhya Garg to the rescue! We have an amazing array of wonderful wedding guest dresses, from the retro to the regal.

Put together a standout ensemble in one of our cute wedding guest dresses! For an old-school glam look, pair a vintage-inspired wedding guest dress with pretty peep toes, then finish it off with a cat eye and ruby red lipstick. Or, go modern mix-master in a dress that mixes patterns, like polka dots or floral and stripes! Add haute heels in a metallic or contrasting hue, and grab a sparkly clutch to complete the outfit.

Last, but not least, we have cute wedding guest dresses in a full range of sizes, from XXS through 4X, so you are sure to find a fantastic frock that suit your shape and silhouette! From flirty and feminine bridesmaid dresses to ravishing retro or marvelously modern mother of the bride dresses, there are wedding guest dresses for everyone at SandhyaGarg.


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About the

Sandhya Garg is a Project Runway fashion designer. She studied and specialized in women's fashion at London College of Fashion, UK and has worked at Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Liberty London, Alice Temperley to name a few.

She has her own successful resort wear, vacation dresses, special occasion dresses, wedding guest looks, swim coverups label. While on Project Runway Season 13, she won 2 challenges and was fortunate to show her collection at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. The brand has been featured in Marie Claire US,Workshop at Macy's, Ftv.com, Elle Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Vogue online to name a few. 

She designs limited edition high end printed spring dresses, casual resort attire and swim coverups. Beautiful prints are inspired from around the world to be worn during travel, resort stay or cruise holidays.

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