12 Dress Styles for a Wedding Guest

Colorful flower embroidered mini dress by Oscar de la Renta for wedding guests
Photo: Cass Bird/Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta

From sophisticated city weddings to casual countryside ceremonies, it can be challenging to figure out what to wear to a wedding, as a guest, especially while keeping the changing seasons and trends in mind. There are so many factors that go into picking a style, but ultimately you want a gown that makes you feel confident, stylish and fits well.

We loved gathering our top picks for each season for you. Match the dress of your choice to the time, location and formality of the wedding you will be attending! From a black-tie formal gathering to a laid-back country wedding, we have a variety of full-length, midis and mini dresses for you to choose from.

Fall Styles

Sequins, satin and metallic textiles take center stage for autumn.  Mix these textures with rusty amber and copper hues, and you will be up-to-date on the fall trends. Sheer chiffon and heavily embellished florals make the ultimate dynamic duo for the months to come.

1. Colorful Wildflower Embroidered Tulle Mini Dress

Detailed colorful flower embroidered mini dress for fall 2021 Oscar de la Renta styles.
Oscar de la Renta Floral-Embroidered Tulle Mini Dress | Available at Moda Operandi

2. Metallic Shimmer Puff-Sleeve Midi Dress

 

Fall midi dress with shimmering metallic copper fabric and puff sleeves.
Theia Mya V-neck Midi Dress | Available at Saks Fifth Avenue

3. Sparkling Gold and Silver Sequin Ombre Gown

Silver and gold spaghetti strap sequin gown for fall.
Halston Noah Ombre Sequin Gown | Available at Saks Fifth Avenue

 

Winter Styles

Choosing a dress for a winter wedding can be difficult, especially when you factor in the climate and location of the occasion.  With sequins and satin being a fashion statement for the season, these three designs will have you sparkling and snug in the frosty weather.  Deeper hues like pomegranate red and glimmering amethyst will set the holiday spirit. Heavily embellished gowns, faux fur and heavier fabrics are also good options to consider. 

4. Sophisticated Long-Sleeve Turtleneck Evening Gown

All black gown with sheer long sleeves and a turtleneck by Ralph Lauren for winter wedding guest.
Ralph Lauren Long-Sleeve Turtle Neck Gown | Available at Ralph Lauren

5. Enchanting Puff-Sleeve Sequin Midi Dress

Purple sequin puff sleeve midi dress for winter wedding guest.
ROTATE Birger Christensen Sirin Sequined Midi Dress | Available at Saks Fifth Avenue

6. Sleek Burgundy Ruched Satin Wrap Minidress

Silk burgundy long sleeve mini dress with puff sleeves for winter wedding guest
Lavish Alice Ruched Satin Wrap Minidress | Available at Saks Fifth Avenue

 

Spring Styles

When spring is in the air, it’s time to include light yet lively colors into your fashion choices.  Silky sky blue and bubblegum pink are just a few of the hues that are favored in spring, along with sophisticated 3D embellishments and shoulder-less gowns. Dainty garden-style patterns and billowing gowns are also a top-notch choice for a classic, whimsical outdoor wedding.

7. Sweetheart Neckline 3D Gardenia Embroidery Mini Dress

Pink strapless mini dress with gardenia embroidery for spring.
Oscar de la Renta Spring 2022 Collection

8. Sky Blue Satin Off The Shoulder Dress

 

Sky blue satin midi dress with one long sleeve for spring wedding guest
Alice + Olivia Dora Asymmetrical Off The Shoulder Dress | Available at: Revolve

 

9. Peony Silk Off The Shoulder Column Gown

Light pink off the shoulder gown with a train for spring wedding guest
Off the Shoulder Column Gown | Available at Monique Lhuillier

 

Summer Styles

Sweet summertime calls for vivid and brilliant colors to nourish the fashion soul.  Electric aquamarine, sunset coral and pure honeyed gold will have you radiating with confidence.  Shimmering sheer fabrics and elegant flowy gowns are also clever picks to prepare for the summer heat.

10. Sea Foam Sparkly Plunge Cutout Gown

 

Sea foam green shimmery long sleeve gown for summer.
PatBo Sparkly Plunge Cutout Gown | Available at Saks Fifth Avenue

11. Sunset Coral One Shoulder Ruched Cocktail Dress

One shoulder sleeve coral sparkling fitted midi dress for summer wedding guest
One Shoulder Ruched Cocktail Dress | Available at Theia Couture

12. Electric Aqua Halter Neck Dress

Aqua blue halter neck mini dress for summer.
Amanda Uprichard Samba Dress | Available at Tootsies

 

Match the dress of your choice with beautiful accessories and your outfit will be complete! Read more on the Houston Wedding Blog to see our top shoe and jewelry picks. You can also click the link to our Pinterest board for more inspiration!

5 Nail & Lip Colors for Fall Brides…and Brides-to-Be

Myth: Bridal makeup must be demure, girly, and, for lips and nails especially, preferably some shade of neutral or pink. FACT: Your wedding day is your time to make a statement, darling. And if you happen to be an autumn bride, well…here’s some good news: Straight from the runway, the season’s hottest nail and lip shades are bold, dramatic, even, dare we say…gothic. Take a cue from pro makeup artists, and set off your wedding day look with intense lip and nail shades that make themselves known, rather than fading into the background. They also happen to look UH-mazing set against white, ivory and champagne gowns, and are totally on point for fall-season engagement parties, bridal showers and other swank to-do’s!

Fall 2017 Lip Color

1. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Damned” – NARS

Pair this ultra-vampy lip color with any transitional spring-to-fall piece in your wardrobe to complete your autumn look. Or bring an elegantly wicked edge to your heavenly wedding by making this your go-to bridal lip shade!

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2. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb – Sephora

It’s here! It’s HERE!! That’s right, lovelies…Rihanna’s long-awaited Fenty Beauty line has finally graced us with its arrival, just in time for fall, y’all! We’re loving on the ultra-nourishing Gloss Bomb–a shea-butter-infused, stay-put gloss in a gorgeous, shimmery shade of nude. Want to shine big time on your big day? The Gloss Bomb is your jam, sugar. SaintLaurent-Rouge Pur Couture Vinly Cream Lip Stain-Burgandy Vibes- NeimanMarcus1

3. Saint Laurent Pur Couture Vinyl Cream Lip Stain in “Burgundy Vibes” – Neiman Marcus 

Saint Laurent’s Vinyl Cream is both as durable and as luscious as its name suggests. Our favorite shade for fall is “Burgundy Vibes,” a magnificent burgundy-red hue that goes on like a liquid lipstick, but stays on like a stain (kisses, anyone?). The diamond-shaped applicator keeps things precise, while the rich formula provides 10-hour wear, with no drying or cracking. We are in LOVE.

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4. Marc Jacobs Beauty Fashion Collection Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish in “Trax” – Sephora

Got a little vixen in ya? Let her out, at least through your fingertips, with Marc Jacobs Beauty’s limited-edition Fashion Collection Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish in “Trax”–a black-burgundy creme shade that looks stunning against a backdrop of wedding white…and will enhance your ring-finger dazzler, rather than steal its shine.

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5. Deborah Lipppman Gel Lab Pro Color in “Waking Up In Vegas” – Deborah Lippman

Dull gray? NO WAY! With its warm greige tone and dual-patented nail-loving formula, this professional salon nail color is the ultimate in cosmopolitan sophistication. Rock it on date night, party nights…or the big night. It’s all good, gorgeous. Happy beautifying, loves!

Texture Filled Fall Wedding at Houston’s Briscoe Manor

College sweethearts, a Christmas day proposal, a fabulous fall wedding at Houston’s Briscoe Manor—color us charmed. Bride Eva says that for her wedding to Carlo, “textures were a priority,” which is why you see them everywhere from the cool cork table-number holders to Floriography’s architectural apple-and-sunflower table arrangements, to Edible Designs by Jessie’s tree-bark wedding cake, to guests’ gridded “Stroopwafel” cookie favors. We love the contrast of all those earthy, autumnal shades and motifs to glamorous bride Eva’s glittering brooch bouquet and sky-high gold sparkle platforms. Congratulations to the newlyweds, and big thanks to Cornerstone Photography for the pix!

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Photos: Cornerstone Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Wtoo ~ Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden ~ Cake: Edible Designs by Jessie ~ Entertainment: Jonny Black Productions ~ Flowers: Floriography ~ Venue: Briscoe Manor

Retro, Soul-Filled Wedding by C. Baron Photography

They’re both vegetarians. Their favorite season is fall. They both love cooking and vintage soul records and, more than anything, one another. When Camille and Nathan decided to make it official, the pair knew they wanted to their wedding to be an unforgettable reflection of their likes, and their love. Camille spent hours scouring consignment and thrift shops, “scooping up as many pretty amber vessels and goblets as I could find,” she tells us. Reprints of the pairs’ parents’ and grandparents’ weddings mixed with potted succulents and glowing candles in a tableau the two created by hand. On the moonlit eve of their magnificent event, the historic Gardens of Bammel Lane was filled with autumnal shades of marigold, amber, orange and green—not to mention plenty of dancing to—what else?—sweet soul music from days gone by. We’re delighted to share C. Baron Photography’s very pretty pictures of this unique, DIY-filled wedding. And even more delighted to wish Camille and Nathan a lifetime of happiness, music and love. Cheers!

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Photos: C. Baron Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Ventura’s Bridal ~ Bridesmaids/Mother of the Bride Attire: T. Carolyn Fashions ~ Cake: World Catering ~ Cupcakes (vegan): Sinful Bakery ~ Flowers: Flowers of Kingwood, Central Market ~ Venue: Gardens of Bammel Lane