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!

A Bright And Beautiful Citrus-Themed Wedding Shoot

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Photo: Amy Maddox Photography | Hair + Makeup: Polished Makeup & Hair | Gown: Belle Âme Bridal

When life gives you oranges and lemons… you create a bright and beautiful citrus-themed wedding shoot!

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Garden Inspired Wedding at The Bell Tower on 34th By Civic Photos

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Photo: Civic Photos | Venue: Bell Tower on 34th

After starting their wedding planning and vendor search with Weddings In Houston, Marcus and Rachel chose luxurious hacienda-inspired wedding venue The Bell Tower on 34th for their early spring wedding. The venue’s picturesque architecture made for a perfect setting for dreamy wedding day portraits, stunningly captured by Houston wedding photographer Civic Photos.

For their ceremony, the couple took advantage of the versatile venue’s elegant on-site chapel. Rachel walked down the aisle strewn with rose petals to say, ‘I do’ in a traditional wedding ceremony amidst 200 of their nearest and dearest. The romantic, garden-inspired reception décor featured ivory and dusty rose floral arrangements by Plants N’ Petals, beautifully complimenting the grand ballroom. The newlyweds made their grand exit under a shower of rose petals tossed by their guests.

Keep scrolling and join us in celebrating this Houston couple’s garden-inspired wedding at The Bell Tower on 34th, captured in such detail by Civic Photos. Congratulations, Rachel & Marcus!

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Pastel Spring Wedding By Kelli Durham Photography

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Photo: Kelli Durham Photography

We love a good “road obstacle” proposal story…don’t you?? “Brett proposed at my family ranch on Easter weekend of 2017,” bride Ashley tells us. “On the road leading up to our ranch my uncle and dad had strategically placed a large branch in the middle of the road, so while we were driving, we had to stop to move it. When I starting walking back to the car, I turned around and Brett was on one knee asking me to marry him! My whole family and Brett’s parents were at the ranch to celebrate afterwards. It was the perfect weekend!”  But here’s what wasn’t so perfect:

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Elegant Spring Wedding At The Astorian

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Photo: MD Turner Photography

After meeting through mutual friends, Michael and Kelley found themselves smitten with each other, right from the get-go. Their connection soon turned into romance, and after five happy years, Michael decided it was time to make things official. One fateful day after brunch, Michael and Kelley took their dog, Dunkin, out for a walk…which ultimately turned into a memory Kelley will always cherish, after Kelley noticed a pink heart tag on the dog’s collar that read, “Mom, can we keep him?” and on the other side, “Will you marry me?” OK, guys, how sweet is that? Michael’s creative proposal worked, and the following May, Kelley and Michael tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony at the same church where the bride’s parents had been married. The pair’s spring Astorian wedding reception had it all, from the elegant decor and the spectacular city view, to fantastic entertainment and exquisite food. Their 275 guests were treated to the sublime cuisine of Cordúa Catering. “Cordúa Catering knocked it out of the park,” notes the bride. “They provided the traditional carving station with some fun, modern options like the Mac & Cheese Bar, the Raw Seafood Bar, and a Salad Wall.” Yum! Yet the best moment for Kelley and Michael was “…The Astorian’s view of the sunset on downtown Houston. It was breathtaking and a moment we will never forget!” Congratulations to you both!

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“Astorian Spring Wedding” Photography: MD Turner Photography; Spotlight Vendors – Venue: The Astorian | Catering: Cordúa Catering | Photobooth: Oh Snap Selfie Photobooths

Contributors: The Sweet Shack, Houston Invitation Services, Blooming Gallery, Blush & Co., Whittington Bridal, Drywater Band