Are Maxi Dresses Appropriate For An Afternoon Wedding?

Are Maxi Dresses Appropriate For An Afternoon Wedding?

A common question- 
I’m going to a summer afternoon wedding, and I’d like to wear a maxi dress. Is that alright and what kind of maxi dress should I choose for a wedding? Any help would be greatly appreciated! 
Hi Gorgeous,
A maxi dress is a great choice for an afternoon wedding, but you might want to consider the following. You have to be careful you don’t pick a maxi that is -
1) Too casual or
2) too sexy for the affair.
Maxi dresses, like this Floral maxi dress, would look totally amazing at a wedding. The tank top style, the casual cotton fabric, and the sporty stripes make this maxi far too relaxed for such an important celebration.  A wedding calls for a more sophisticated maxi, made from flowy fabric silk, jersey or chiffon.
Choose a Classy Maxi Dress
Maxi dresses that are too sexy or edgy don’t work either. Steer clear of maxis with plunging necklines, thigh-high slits or peek-a-boo cutouts. These look like you are desperate for attention and make it look like you are trying to upstage the bride.
Animal prints like leopard or python look tacky at a romantic wedding ceremony. Save an edgy maxi for your next cocktail party. A bit of beading on this dress is fine, but too much shine or sequins are overkill, especially for an afternoon wedding.
If you are wearing a dress that is sleeveless or bare or one shoulder detail think about bringing a wrap to the church. More formal places of worship expect you to cover your shoulders/arms during the service, out of respect.
Best Women’s Maxi Dresses for Weddings in the Afternoon?
  • Floral Maxi Dresses are always an excellent and appropriate choice this time of year. They are feminine and fitting for a wedding.
  • Modern Prints – a Modern graphic print can look lovely especially in bright colors.
  • Caftans can also work if you are a bigger gal who wants to cover up. Just no Hawaiian muumuus.
  • Dresses that Flow and Move – You are going to be walking and swishing around on the dance floor. Get something feminine.
  • Black and White– When in doubt Black and White is always a classy choice. Keep the White to a Minimum.

Petite? Keep this in Mind when Choosing a Maxi Dress
Melissa, since you are only 5’3″  I suggest you avoid maxis that have little or no shape because they will drown you. Petite women need to choose Petite maxi dresses for weddings that are more proportionate. Look for styles that sit close to the body and have a defined waist. The defined waist can even be a higher one, such as an empire waist.
What Type of Maxi Dress to Wear to a Beach Wedding?
If you are attending a beach wedding or an outdoor wedding, you have a little more leeway, and you can go slightly more casual with your maxi, and also more colorful. Try corals, turquoise, sky blues and soft shell pinks. By the beach, you may want to wear pretty sandals and not heels.
Looking for long sleeve maxi dress for weddings. Check these out!


Sandhya Garg is a Project Runway fashion dsandhya garg project runway lifetime tv making the cut amazon primeesigner. 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,, 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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